"SIMPLE can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains." - Steve Jobs
Fifty metres from the river, this Civic Steel designer home is an award-winning example of complexity made simple. It's a home that instantly attracts your attention.
As you explore you are continually surprised and intruiged. It's like an eternal treasure hunt; there's a lot to see. Linger in each space for a moment before being drawn to the next.
Step inside the gate and cast your eyes upon a sight that looks just as cool as it feels. Pandanus and bamboo surround the the front deck, giving complete privacy and a natural vibe. Two walls of drop-down venetians give the feel of an outdoor room.
To the left of the entry, the self-cleaning pool is a pleasant and inviting surprise. Softly blooming branches of a frangipanni tree reach across the water from the far corner. Further on, a separate room enclosed by frosted glass walls is an alluring sight.
Ten metres of glass stacker doors and louvres open from the deck to the open-plan interior. Louvres above bring in light and ventilation, breaking up the lines for a sleek and layered effect. Gaze out to the pool through six metres of wall-to-wall louvred windows in the living zone.
All louvres and drop-drown blinds are remote controlled. Clean lines concoct an ultra-linear culinary experience in the kitchen. What looks like an immense block of polished, dark granite reveals itself to be an island bench with waterfall edges and fascia.
It is home to white cabinetry, soft-close drawers and a Vintec wine fridge. Long, horizontal windows run along the prep bench beneath overheard cabinetry and a second run of windows above.
A host of Miele appliances include an under-bench oven, induction cooktop, and steam oven. The built-in Smeg coffee machine sits opposite a space for the industrial-size two-door Miele fridge. Leading through from the scullery, a well-designed laundry offers ample storage.
It features floor-to-ceiling cupboards and easy side access to a tidy sunning courtyard. Continue through a second sliding door into an open office nook in the main bedroom, with a built-in stone bench. Raked ceilings continue to enhance the sense of space in the main bedroom.
Behind the sleeping space, a walk-in walk-out dressing area has frosted glass sliding doors. But only two, so that some of your best pieces are always on show. The main ensuite has an almost granite look to the wall tiling.
Frosted glass screens give privacy to the toilet and to the walk-in shower. Villeroy and Boch wash basins are set into the stone tops with silver fleck inlay. This stone wraps all the way around the wall-hung white cupboards and deep drawers.
Timber floors carry out from the main bedroom, across the deck, to that intruiging frosted glass room. Sliding glass doors open to reveal a Japanese-style outdoor bathroom. Fully-tiled floors sink down into a submerged bath, set into the deck.
There is an adjoining shower and powder room. It's an intelligent choice, perfect for washing off after a dip in the pool, or for indulging yourself on a dusky evening.
An immaculately tailored design situates the main bedroom and living all on the lower level. Modern with sharp edges and a welcoming simplicity, it's not over-designed. And that can be very difficult to achieve. It takes a lot of effort to make something this simple, elegant and practical.
To the rear of the home, a separate staircase ascends to a practically self-contained upper floor. Internal louvres look down on stairs as well as to the outside. These encourage generous breezes throughout the entire top level.
Up here you find three spacious and peaceful bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchenette nook. The largest bedroom has a walk-in dressing area and views to the back garden. Along the back fenceline, bamboo grows to the full height of the home.
Double carports are at the back with an area for a second laundry, as well as entertainer fridges. There is understair storage and lockable cupboards. The outdoor sink is great for cleaning the fish you've caught in the river.
3 Cloudsley Street
4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 2 Car Garage, Pool
Features: Award-winning Civic Steel designer home on 569sq. m, 50m from Noosa River, north-east aspect, electric louvers, vaulted ceilings, semi self-contained guest wing with three bed and kitchenette, self-cleaning saltwater plunge pool, outdoor entertaining, fully-enclosed outdoro bathroom with sunken bath/shower, gated driveway, intercom, vacuum system, air-conditioning
Agents: Scott Cowley and Dan Neylan at Dowling & Neylan
Domain ID: 2010 136 365
Inspection: By appointment
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