A striking blend of materials, textures, colours and beautifully landscaped gardens complete the picture of a stylish, modern residential duplex, built expertly by Gem Building Constructions. May FOCUS Home of the Month is found in the bushland setting of Lake Innes, Port Macquarie.
Chrissy Jones had the pleasure of viewing the duplex, which offers two separate, open, free flowing and thoughtfully zoned living spaces – two mirror image homes designed for contemporary comfort.
Both compelling and functional in design, these architecturally designed homes offer a magnificent blend of style and family sized comfort. A journey through the residence reveals an interesting architectural experience incorporating modern fittings and finishes, high ceilings, and a light filled void illuminating the entry inviting you in. This abundance of natural light is paired beautifully with the inclusion of accentuated, yet subtle LED lighting throughout, which radiates the home in the evening and enriches the beauty of the timber-look vinyl planks underfoot in the living areas.
The duplex is a stand out in its streetscape. Its exterior: a modern blend of finishes and textures, including rendered and bare brickwork, James Hardie cladding, metal roofing and guttering, landscaped gardens, concrete drive and pathways. Merbau timber posts flank the timber entry portico that also has timber slats as a stylish screen at eave height, accentuating each separate entry of the duplex.
Upon entering through the opaque glass and timber framed entrance door, you are introduced to a split level home via a light filled foyer. This level has the entry foyer and double garage with internal access and two separate stairways, one down to the living/dining area and the other rises above to the private bedroom spaces.
The ground floor living/dining area is the heart of the home and flows into an open plan living ensemble, from the modern kitchen, incorporating dining and lounge, separate adjoining rumpus, all opening out to and overlooking the rear yard, that melds with the surrounding bushland and outdoor alfresco entertaining area.
A generous square island bench divides the well appointed kitchen from the dining, has white bench-tops encased in grey kick panels and storage cupboards both sides, incorporating soft close drawers and shelving. The custom-built kitchen is horseshoe shaped, wrapping around the island and provides a place for all the mod cons, including an in bench glass hotplate, wall oven and stainless steel dishwasher, as well as a double sink with flick mixer. Vertical timber-look tiling acts as a splash back in the cooking work area; a corner pantry, microwave nook and overhead cabinetry provide plenty of storage for all home cooking needs.
Conveniently placed alongside the kitchen, in its own custom-built nook, a computer desk with overhead soft close shelving is complete with all computer and internet hook-ups installed ready to go. The dining and family lounge is spacious and incorporates both the indoors and outdoors superbly by adjoining the kitchen and outdoor alfresco. A bank of panel windows with louvres either side to allow for directional airflow, along with highlight windows above, allow in plenty of natural light and unimpeded views to the surrounding bushland and rear yard. Roller blinds have been installed on all windows throughout the home, to add a touch of privacy if desired. Three glass sliding stack doors open to the outdoor, alfresco area – all combine seamlessly.
A rustic feel has been added on the alfresco, with the addition of a timber feature post and stacker stone tile wall. With a ceiling fan and downlighting, the BBQ area, with its luxury polished concrete tiling, has an additional custom window to allow adequate cross-flow in the undercover area whilst barbecuing and is an ideal spot to entertain family and friends in a relaxed setting.
Completing the living area is a multipurpose room, depending on your individual tastes and which can be tailored to your family’s needs (be it a formal lounge, rumpus room or guest bedroom) tucked away behind a wooden cavity sliding door. Fully carpeted, this room is very comfortable and overlooks the alfresco and rear yard. Well laid out, the laundry has a deep stainless steel laundry tub incorporated into storage cabinetry and plenty of bench space. The laundry is centrally located on the ground floor and has its own access to the side yard and drying area. A concrete pathway leads from the laundry all the way around the home, allowing for all weather access to most areas of the home and timber fenced and gated yard.
The upper level, reached via carpeted stairs, has three good size bedrooms, linen and storage hallway cupboards, a functional family bathroom with a deep, oval bath and separate shower cubicle that has a grey tile feature wall and a separate WC, all incorporated into a curved floor plan.
Two bedrooms are fully carpeted, have ceiling fans, down lights, wide horizontal panel windows with roller blinds and mirror fronted, double built-in robes. The relaxing master bedroom has its own en-suite, walk-in robe, and being placed at the rear of the duplex, has its own bushland views.
Nestled in a tranquil leafy setting on a quiet street and conveniently located near Lake Innes Village Shopping Centre, schools, the Base Hospital and only 10 minutes to the centre of town, these homes are the perfect balance of style and modern design standing proud in their surrounds.
From the Builder
Todd Dimon of Gem Building Constructions
Tell us a bit about your business – how long have you been operating?
GEM Building Constructions specialises in building unique architectural designs to suit our clients’ needs, either created by us or by an architect of their choosing. We custom design homes to suit your exact lifestyle. Our professional team of trades and suppliers all work together to build your dream home, on time and within budget. We were established in Port Macquarie over 12 years ago, developing strong relationships with local trades and suppliers throughout this time and continue to provide our services to many satisfied clients along the Mid North Coast.
What are the types of building that you specialise in?
At GEM Building Constructions we build all types of dwellings, specialising particularly in duplex construction, modern alfresco entertaining, and all aspects of decking and landscaping. We can fully complete your home from start to finish.
What are some of the featured design elements of the duplex?
Some notable design features which demonstrate the duplex’s unique character include:
(1) split-level two-storey construction to not only maximise the yard space, but to also maximise the floor space;
(2) high ceilings throughout to enhance the interior space and natural lighting;
(3) use of new innovative building products, creating a common wall which is more fire resistant, acoustic and thermal proof then previously possible;
(4) modern vinyl floors are versatile, easily cleaned and/or replaced, and have a stylish appearance;
(5) alfresco area is finished in deluxe tiling, with a feature wall of stacking tiles to accentuate the surroundings, overlooking natural bushland. The alfresco area also has a thoughtfully positioned window to ensure adequate ventilation when using a BBQ;
(6) “highlight” windows used in the main living area and the stair void which give a warm, bright feel to the duplex and creates the impression of ample space;
(7) in-built cupboards and storage spaces are generously provided on every level.
How do we go about commissioning you to build for us? What is the process?
We would love the opportunity to meet with you and make your dream home a reality. We ensure that costs are transparent and clearly identify the inclusions from the initial phases of your project. Give us a call or email to arrange a time for consultation, and we will design, construct and landscape your home to your individual needs.