Another magnificent waterfront property built to precision by Brandon Calder Homes is April’s Greater Port Macquarie FOCUS Home of the Month. Chrissy Jones had the pleasure of viewing the executive residence, which stands proudly on the banks of the Hastings River along North Shore Drive.
Customed designed by James and Derek Collins of Collins W Collins Building Designers, interior design by Michelle Burton of Designing Divas and custom built by Brandon Calder Home, this home boasts unimpeded views of the Port Macquarie skyline and the adjacent waterway of the Hastings River. It is an excellent example of spacious, open-plan modern living.
A skillion roofline adds interest to the exterior and extra height internally. The facade is a blend of surfaces with eye-catching textures and colours, including white Alucobond metal cladding (installed by Ben Sprague of Coastal Commercial Linings), James Hardie wall cladding, Wallaby Colorbond roofing (from Steeline), aluminium framed windows and door framework (from Mid Coast Windows) in varied styles, plus glass and aluminium balustrade on the front balcony (from Muras Steel).
Cotswold dry wall cladding (from Tiles With Style / Your Color Tile Store) encases the stairway to the 2nd level and replicates a traditional dry stack stone wall, creating an organic textural eye-catching feature. An exposed aggregate drive (laid by Luke Seears Concreting) leads into the property from the roadside through an automated gate and security system. Flourish Garden Management have excelled themselves, creating a tropical low-maintenance oasis for the owner. The fully landscaped gardens are water hardy, perfect for the local environment. The driveway ends at a double garage which also has a personal access door for private access. This superb residence, over three levels, takes full advantage of its foot print and is a standout in its surrounds.
Comprising a double garage, laundry, WC and rear outdoor entertaining area, the ground level will potentially be one of the most frequented parts of the home. Providing the first point of entry for the owners via the garage, it has convenient internal access for quick storage of the shopping via a rich timber staircase that leads directly to the living and kitchen areas of the first level.
The garage has an automatic panel lift door at either end, allowing for easy through access to the rear of the property. An outdoor entertaining area by the riverside includes a fire pit with porcelain tile surround and seating, private beach and boat ramp. There is plenty of under house storage, including space for the eco-friendly rainwater tanks, garden equipment and “boys toys”.
Encased on one side by Cotswold dry wall cladding, a Blackbutt timber stairway ascends to the front tiled, glass balustraded balcony. A one-of-a-kind 2.4 m high timber patterned entrance door, with stainless steel handrail and curved glass panels, sets the scene for something truly special.
Upon entry, the visitor is greeted with a feeling of total opulence. The high raked ceiling line of the open plan lounge, dining and adjoining outdoor entertaining area and front balcony combines brilliantly to create a spacious, relaxing living area. Blackbutt hardwood timber flooring (installed by Clinton Jordan Timber Floors) is underfoot throughout the living areas and the hallway that leads you through the home. The ingeniously designed modern kitchen has been positioned alongside the living and outdoor entertaining areas. The kitchen is its own special part of the home, but is very much a central hub and meeting point – a place to not only cook and eat good food, but a place to relax with family and friends and take in the relaxed atmosphere that has been created by the surrounds.
Meticulously designed by award-winning interior designer Michelle Burton of Designing Divas and purpose built by Designer Living Kitchens, the kitchen ticks all the boxes. Black Galaxy Granite and Quantum Quartz bench-tops, the latest appliances, plus loads of storage options including a Butler’s pantry, help to make cooking a breeze. The kitchen also has an ideally placed corner computer station.
Dividing the kitchen from the dining/living area, an island bench doubles as a food preparation station and can also be used as a breakfast bar or servery when guests arrive. The Black Galaxy granite bench-top of the island has a double stainless steel sink with a Reece Teknobili sink mixer and an integrated stainless steel dishwasher with drawers on one side and cabinets on the other. A petrified timber-look raised tiled surround (Babylon Hazelnut colour) conceals the island on one end and adds both colour and textural points of difference. This tile has been used not only in the kitchen but throughout the home in the wet areas, setting the theme of the home – a relaxed waterside escape.
Top of the range SMEG appliances are incorporated into the granite bench-tops on the back wall of the kitchen cabinetry. A gas oven and cook-top with wok burner and a range-hood have been installed. The range-hood is concealed above the cook-top in an overhead lift-up cabinet, which runs the entire length of the bench-top. This easy lift cabinet is a superb addition to the kitchen, having all cooking condiments conveniently placed and readily at hand when preparing meals.
Deep under-bench soft close drawers either side of the oven gives plenty of storage for cooking utensils and crockery. A strip of LED lighting accentuates the petrified timber-look tiling that has been used as the splash-back. for the cooking area.
A shutter door appliance cupboard neatly tucks away the breakfast appliances and has a wine rack underneath one end of the cabinetry. The purpose built corner computer station, with a Quantum Quartz Alpine white top, has been placed perfectly the other end to take in the relaxing waterway views through a corner window – food prep and computer browsing combined in a stressless fashion.
To complete the kitchen space, a true Butler’s pantry is present alongside the main kitchen area. It has all the mod cons incorporated, including both overhead and under-bench laminate cabinetry providing plenty of storage nooks for cooking needs and also houses a deep stainless steel sink, dishwasher and a fridge. A white tiled splash-back adds to the clean, crisp feel.
Custom-built corner cabinetry blends the kitchen with the dining area. Quantum Quartz Alpine White reconstituted stone has been used to create a cleverly designed cabinet that has shelving on one side for cookbooks and drawers for storage on the other. Purpose built as a coffee station, the corner cabinet has glass wall panelling with a white shelf incorporated for coffee cups. The inclusion of downlighting is a stylish touch.
The outdoor entertaining area
Simply put, this space is perfect! Opening out from the interior living areas through a set of four glass sliding stacker doors, the tiled alfresco entertaining area can be its own private space or can easily combine with the interior to be the ideal party locale. The outdoor ceiling lines continue from the living areas high rake with port hole lighting (installed by DP Electrical) and a ceiling fan, all adding to the comfort and relaxed ambiance. Entertaining has never been easier and more comfortable, the alfresco is protected by the elements but captures the Hastings riverside breezes.
Cotswold dry wall cladding (expertly installed by Darren Roach Tiling) features prominently in the outdoor entertaining area. Surrounding a wood fireplace, it is centrally placed on the western wall between James Hardie wall panelling with timber rail tops on either side. Glass and aluminium balustrade (by Muras Steel) encase the rear deck and Blackbutt timber stairs that lead to the ground level outdoor entertaining area. Having its very own private beach and boat ramp, plus a fire pit with porcelain tile surround – this is a top spot to sit and chill out waterside.
Left of the main living area you will find three luxurious bedrooms all with plush carpeting (from Cullens / Carpet One). Bedroom one has its own private balcony, en-suite and walk-in robe, soft downlighting, ceiling fan and stylish curtain furnishings (by Topstitch Curtains & Blinds). Bedroom 2 has opaque glass fronted sliding doors on its built-in wardrobe, port hole windows placed above a built-in study desk that allow in natural light, louvre windows for ventilation, ceiling fan and downlighting. Bedroom 3 is a mirror image of bedroom 2, but is fitted with an ingenious twin set of windows with multi-opening variations and its own en-suite.
Your own cinema at home. The media room has been fitted with block out blinds as well as curtains, is fully carpeted, has ducted air conditioning and Superchek gyprock in the ceiling and walls for sound insulation. Custom-built cabinetry (designed by Designing Divas, custom built by Designer Living Kitchens) houses the home cinema’s audio and visual equipment. The walls and ceiling are painting in a dark colour to complement the carpet. Movie nights at home have never been better!
Centrally located, the main bathroom services all bedrooms on level one. Having a hinged glass shower screen on the shower/bath combination (from Port City Glass) and a pivot spout, the bathroom is a safe layout for children. The bath is encased in timber-look tiling, which continues up the wall behind the bath to ceiling height and extends across to one side of the bath adding a handy seating spot; white tiling floor to ceiling on the remaining walls, add a crisp contrast.
A wall mounted vanity with a set of 2 drawers has an oval Caroma pearl inset hand basin, vertical vanity mirror above and a further wall shelf placed alongside adding to the bench space and storage in the bathroom. Curved, stainless steel towel rail, 600 x 600mm floor tiles and WC complete this delighful bathroom (bathroom fixtures and fittings from Reece, all plumbing by Aquajack).
At the end of a crafted timber staircase you will find the exquisite Master Bedroom – a private, luxurious oasis. A short wall placed behind the bed setting divides the room and defines the separate areas that include lounge area, bedroom, custom shelving, adjoining walk-through robe room and en-suite.
The black polyurethane custom-shelving has a multitude of configurations to store items away neatly. A tribute to the innovative mind of interior designer Michelle Burton (Designing Divas and custom built by Designer Living Kitchens) is the cabinetry provided in the walk- through robe.
Seductive Limba laminate by Laminex has been utilised on all cabinet fronts, the wall mounted dressing table which has its own wall mirror, chest of drawers with a small shelf above, a wall cabinet with shelving and wine rack incorporated, are placed on one side of the robe. On the other side further custom cabinetry has been designed in 3 sections; one section with a double hanging space that has extra height and two sections both with a top shelf, short hanging space and a set of drawers each. The cabinetry in the robe is designed superbly to be organised, very functional and to enable an easy walk through to the master bedroom’s en-suite.
The master en-suite
Exquisite in layout, fittings and fixtures – the en-suite may be sectioned off for privacy via a wooden, cavity sliding door. To the right is an elevated bath alcove, having a Clearwater Formosa freestanding oval bath perched on a Babylon Hazelnut tiled platform, the alcove is further enhanced by a floor recess, two sides decorated with white pebbles. White vinyl water resistant plantation shutters are a wonderful addition, adding modern elegance but also allowing for adjustment to give the occupant total privacy or to enable delightful river views when taking a bath.
A wall mounted vanity with above bench oval DADDO quartz Peru hand basin manufactured from resin and quartz, is complemented beautifully by a single bronze metallic texture 3m high x 1m wide tile behind the tall vanity mirror. Alongside, a mirror fronted shaving cabinet and a low shelf for toweling have been added.
The “his and hers” shower recess has overhead twin shower roses and separate hand held spouts, is glass screened and has Babylon Hazelnut floor tiling with a smart tile drain. The en-suite floor and wall tiling are 600 x 600mm Loft Gent semi polished porcelain which add a soothing contrast to the crisp white of the ceiling and architraves. A separate WC tucked away behind a sliding cavity door has a louvre window for ventilation, white shutters for privacy and floor-to-ceiling tiling.
Private master bedroom lounge
Step down from the bedroom setting to the master bedroom’s own private lounge seating. Modern technology abounds in the home and this room is no exception having an in-roof ceiling recessed remote controlled Ultra Lift TV unit installed.
Stunning water views are readily available through a bank of windows on the eastern side of the master suite, with block out roller blinds installed for privacy, and a set of bi-fold glass doors fronting the river. The bi-fold doors stack back to a panel of louvre windows and open onto a private glass and aluminium balustraded tiled balcony. A top spot to sit and take in the gentle riverside breezes in total comfort.
Overall the home is an exceptional example of the eye for detail and excellence in construction always presented by Brandon Calder and his team of highly qualified tradesmen.
Talk to the builder
Brandon Calder 0402 348 288
Office (by appointment):
41 Harbourside, Port Macquarie , 2444
Tel 6583 4637