Mosman House in Sydney, by architect Shaun Lockyer. Picture supplied.His team of 15 usually build around 10 to 12 houses a year, with the most expensive build so far topping $10.5 million.But Mr Lockyer said he was just as happy working on small projects, whether it be an extension or a deck.“Every job we do is with the same passion and intensity,” he said.“I’ve never prioritised jobs in terms of value.” The kitchen inside Shaun Lockyer’s Bardon home, which he designed. Inside the Bardon home of architect Shaun Lockyer.“I’ve given myself 10 years to try and convince my wife it could become our home, but I’m looking at her now and she’s shaking her head,” he said.“It’s a mixed-use site, so it has the potential to be developed in the future for retail or residential.” INSIDE EMILY PALMER’S PROPERTY EMPIRE PROPERTY INVESTORS ARE BACK IT’S TIME YOUR KIDS STARTED PAYING RENT The Nest House in Bardon, by Shaun Lockyer Architects. Picture supplied.Concrete and timber are his materials of choice and his design ethos is timeless and practical. “We continue to promote an honest palette of materials,” Mr Lockyer said.“Not fashionable but more enduring.”Don’t expect to see any loud, feature tiles in a Shaun Lockyer designed home any time soon. Architect Shaun Lockyer’s Cutter Street project on North Stradbroke Island. Photo: Scott Burrows.Think sleek timber doors and windows, skylights and rendered exterior walls covered in climbing fig trees, plus a strong injection of personality.“What I really like about having our home in a cottage is that its kind of the origins of us as a business,” he said.“A lot of our work when we started out was small cottages and small alterations.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoMooloolah House in Minyama on the Sunshine Coast, by Shaun Lockyer Architects. Photo: Scott Burrows.The South African-born, award-winning architect, whose clients include swimming champions Libby and Luke Trickett and property identity Don O’Rorke, has come to be a force in Southeast Queensland home design.The past year has been the busiest yet, with his talent now being recognised further afield than just Brisbane.“In the last year and a bit, we’ve had a couple of projects that felt like real catalysts for another level of work,” Mr Lockyer said.“The Mosman House in Sydney has been a massive watershed for us. “On the back of that, we’ve been given the verbal on a very significant house in Whale Beach, which is very exciting.“It’s been a massive endorsement — although a little bit overwhelming — given the choice of all the fantastic architects in Sydney.” Brisbane architect Shaun Lockyer at the site of his latest project. Picture: Mark Cranitch.HE has designed dream homes for cashed-up clients with $10 million budgets, but Shaun Lockyer regards his latest project as priceless.The man widely touted as Brisbane’s best architect has embarked on a build close to his heart — a new home for his burgeoning business and, possibly, his own family one day. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE It might look like a neglected worker’s cottage now, but the property at 15 Masters St, Newstead, is about to be transformed into an architectural masterpiece that could well become Brisbane’s best office.Mr Lockyer created his current home, the Lighthouse project, in leafy Bardon in 2010, but admits he is itching for a more urban base. The Greenhouse at Wights Mountain by Shaun Lockyer Architects. Photo: Scott Burrows.DREAM HOME DEMANDS IN 2018 *BUTLER’S PANTRIES — These add-ons to the main kitchen are still must-haves for big, family homes *ROOM TO PARK THE TOYS — Some clients ask for 10 parking spaces*MUD ROOMS — Or ‘drop zones’ for the kids to leave their bags and sports equipment*WINE CELLARS — Not just a shelf — an entire room dedicated to consuming a fine drop*HEALTH RETREATS — From saunas and steam rooms to meditation rooms and boutique gyms with giant television screens or a stunning view *SMART HOMES — A fully automated system that controls every aspect of living electronically — from security to lighting — and all from a mobile phone.(Source: Shaun Lockyer Architects) An artist’s impression of the new office Shaun Lockyer has designed in Newstead. Picture supplied.The new site is right next door to his previous headquarters in the heart of Newstead, just 100 metres from the Gasworks precinct and 200 metres from the Brisbane River.“What attracted me to it is that it’s a very rare block of land — a little triangle in Newstead with two street frontages,” Mr Lockyer said.Construction will start in three weeks and the immediate term plan is to raise the house to create more office space underneath for another tenant.“We’ll refurbish the whole top of it and give it a new lease on life,” Mr Lockyer said.