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This stunning home, lovingly constructed on a wedge shaped allotment is bestowed with a huge waterfront advantage and a focus on the views over the canal and river. It is a blend of contemporary and traditional tropical architecture and the result is a masterpiece.
The architect, Shane Thompson of Bligh Voller Nield maximised the site usage, designing a 580 square metre home built by Bruce Windrim. The result is dramatic. The 'V' shaped home remarkably produces perfectly rectangular rooms. It is a two-storey home with three wings, interspersed with six bodies of water. There are numerous sitting areas from the winter lounge with fireplace, the lanai, the family areas and the canopied bale. There are elements that are derivative of a Balinese house such as ceilings which feature woven raffia. Yet there is a strong contemporary feel to this home with large timber and glass doors disappearing seamlessly into cavity walls and superb Italian tiled flooring. The kitchen has been designed to the nth degree of detail and the result is clever, workable as well as being a visual feast. All bedrooms are large but the master suite is stellar. Natural light filters gently into the house. The deep outdoor rooms (lanai and bale) combined with sun-shading blinds ensures both sufficient shade and privacy.
The use of timber, stone, glass, copper, bamboo and natural textiles has resulted in a highly tactile and relaxed home, ideal for coastal living. Careful integration of dense landscaping, water features, diffused skylights and natural materials combined to produce an outstanding result.
There is a magnificent tiled pool, large jetty, hydraulic boat lift and a private beach. And very happily, the God of Architecture sits as a relaxed guard over the pond which forms part of the arcaded courtyard.