Base’s loaded coming in the Christmas period

No doubt the summer holidays will be upon us sooner then we think. Hard to believe there is only 8 weeks until Christmas. We thought we should send you our latest update before we ran out of time! With these warm days already upon us, now is the perfect time to start construction projects. As usual the Base Team are busy with new projects in all stages of design and construction.




With the existing house being of sound condition, the clients were in need of some additional spaces and to accommodate their lifestyle. The spaces and general forms of the existing house are typical of a quintessential Queenslander with internalized rooms resulting from built in verandas. The driving concept of the design was to open up the living and dining spaces onto a north-facing outdoor room that overlooks the new pool and landscaped backyard.












We would like to welcome Charlotte Boyte to Base; she started her role here seeking work experience but has proven herself to be a valuable member of the Base Team and is now the proud owner of the Interior Designer role in the office. We were joined by Julia – a student from Hillbrook high school for a week to gain some work experience in September. She was a pleasure to have in the office and we hope we have encouraged her to pursue a career in Architecture in the future. We are extremely excited for Chris Kolka as he has recently become a first home owner and couldn’t be more pleased.



The Million Dollar Memo journey has come to an end. Shawn toured through the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Cairns, Kuranda and Port Douglas with the Tourism Queensland crew and the remaining top 20 finalists. For an in depth look in to Shawn’s trip please feel free to visit our Tumblr Blog




You may remember from our last newsletter, Shawn and Chris had nominated themselves to participate in the Sydney Oxfam TRAILWALKER Challenge… Due to Base making it to the top 20 of the Million Dollar Memo, Shawn was whisked away on the incentive challenge around QLD leaving Chris to go on and form the Base Bandits without him.
Chris Kolka, Josh Neale, Andrew Kimmins and Simon Baum all competed, with ¾ of the team finishing after 31hrs 11min. Congratulations! Stirling effort. They managed to raise $3150 thanks to their sponsors Beavis & Cochrane, Caribou, Complete Building Certification, Gibb Constructions, Norris Clarke & O’Brien and Westera Partners.
And a further thankyou to their support crew Julie Lawrence, Andrew Lawrence and Alice Neale. There is already talk of entering the Brisbane Oxfam TRAILWALKER next year with Shawn, Andrew and Chris aiming to run the entire 100km/s.


The Brisbane Festival has been ongoing for the last couple of months. A part of this festival included a ‘fun’ run through South Bank and across the river. Almost the whole office entered the run with Jess Graham, Bec Dukes, Hannah Waring, Julie Lawrence, Jess Groves, Clint Mackay and Giova Castillo completing the 10km run and Chris Kolka and Kelly Martin completing the half marathon.


John’s team the University of QLD Red Lions played Caloundra in the State Association Division 1 Reserves Grade grand final. John came away with the victory 63-43


Bek Dukes aka Rebel Scardust and Jess Groves aka Jagged Edge had their roller derby grand final over the weekend. Their teams, Love Rockettes and Diner Might Dolls, respectively, faced off against each other with the Diner Might Dolls beating the previously undefeated Love Rockettes in a very close game.




















Regards, Shawn Godwin.

From everyone at Base, we hope 2011 is proving to be a great year, both personally
and professionally, and we thank you for your ongoing support and interest in our work.