Leave your shoes at the front door and be transported to a tropical paradise in this resort-style Toowoomba home named Manu View which translates to Mountain View in Hawaiian.
Every minute detail of this stunning home and its garden has been carefully considered to create a beautiful and private oasis. Nestled on Toowoomba’s south eastern escarpment, the home won the 2011 National Master Builders Home of the Year over $3 million – the first in the region to do so.
Step through the huge front door into the formal foyer with soaring ceilings and stacked stone pillars. To one side is an office overlooking ponds and water features and to the other, a semi-formal sitting room leading to a games room that completes this wing of the house. The natural warmth of grey gum hardwood flooring, New Zealand stacked schist stone feature walls and New Guinea rosewood doors and window frames make the generous public spaces inviting. Access to the main living area is via a sandstone walkway with water either side that flows inside the home and also outside, straddling the glass walls.
Couches cluster around a gas fireplace and plasma screen which are both encased in stacked schist. To the right, the kitchen’s stained New Guinea rosewood cupboards and drawers are nicely complemented with softer shades of cream Caesarstone benchtops. Adjacent, a butler’s pantry houses an additional cooktop, oven, fridge, dishwasher, café-sized coffee machine and storage space for appliances. There is a blur between indoor and outdoor throughout the home with tropical courtyard gardens, glass walls and tall sliding glass doors. These lead to an alfresco entertaining and dining area next to the pool equipped with barbeque, sink and woodfire pizza oven.
The home has a kids’ retreat and five bedrooms, two with ensuite, and the master with a walk-in wardrobe. Bathrooms are neutral in colour, with Italian marble and Turkish travertine in smooth tiles and a tumbled mosaic.
The home is fully automated by a Clipsal CBUS system which controls lighting, blinds, music, watering systems, heating and cooling. However, the raised pavilion ceilings are so effective at whisking away hot air that switching on the airconditioning is not necessary. A core-filled concrete block construction and six-star energy efficiency means that heating is also rarely needed. Additional features include window and door blinds which are recessed into the ceiling when not in use, a Vacu-Maid system, 100,000 litre underground water tank, four-car garage, alarm and video surveillance.
Built by Millenium Homes, the owner spent 18 months designing his dream home, taking his ideas to world-renowned Noosa architect Paul Clout, a specialist in this style of home, to complete and add his personal touches. The home is the culmination of 15 years experience building homes for clients and the ideas collected and implemented in the process.
Quality workmanship throughout means that the finishes live up to the standard of the remarkable design.
Words by Janet Kieseker | Images supplied by Millenium Homes