It all started with the design for a pool inspired by Lake McKenzie on Fraser Island. Fringed with sandy surrounds, the clear sparkling blue water invites you to jump in.
The pool was the starting point for this Toowoomba dream house, which took three years in the planning and three years to construct. Unlike Lake McKenzie, there is every convenience in the sun-safe under-cover pool area – a television for in-water viewing, barbecue and full kitchen including dishwasher. All set with superb easterly views over the escarpment for which Kara View Court is renowned.
The owners were not freshmen to home building, being in the construction industry and having already tackled seven of their own previous houses. Naturally they wanted to make everything perfect with quality throughout and no shortcuts were taken. And it shows. From the technical side, perfect plastering is mandatory because there are no architraves or cornices to hide flaws.
What the photographs do not show is the sheer scale of the home, with more commercial proportions than residential. There are an incredible array of features, including under-floor heating, a gymnasium, an enormous office, five bedrooms (four upstairs, one on the ground floor), a butler’s pantry off the kitchen to keep surfaces clutter free and lots of wall space for displaying artwork.
There is also a self-contained studio across the driveway with a bedroom, living area and bathroom for the perfect granny or nanny flat. This is where the family lived during the build, and being an entirely different scale, they found the transition to the big house a bit of an adjustment.
This is a party house and the best part of living here, according to one of the owners, is the bar near the pool area – a perfect Summer retreat. Though there is fully ducted airconditioning throughout, it is rarely used in Summer thanks to the cooling escarpment breezes.
The spa in the spacious master suite gets daily use and offers a constantly changing vista – from mountain tops peeking out through the mist to the ever-changing weather formations – a kind of mesmerising natural fish-tank stocked with clouds.
Finishes are crisp and clean. The floor is honed porcelain – smooth, matt and expansive. Merbau stairs and walkways add warmth and texture. In the kitchen, composite Essastone has waterfall ends to the floor for sleek functionality and three ovens including a steamer oven would suit the most fastidious cook or entertainer. There are Miele appliances throughout and also a ducted vacuum system. Outside there is a mix of linear, matrix and rendered Besser blocks to add variance and character to the external profile as it hugs the hill behind it.
The owners have poured heart, soul and hours of their time into this home, even labouring during the build and landscaping themselves. Being building junkies, they have decided to move onto their next project and are now offering their home for sale.
Words by Janet Kieseker | Images by Highshots Photography