Waterside Living; Unique, Stylish, Simplicity

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Inspired by its beachside location, September FOCUS Home of the Month is remarkable for its modern, stylish simplicity in every element. An exceptional combination of natural and manufactured materials, Waterside Living have customised a bespoke design to deliver function, balance and integrated living.  

Chrissy Jones had the pleasure of viewing the home that is definitely a show stopper.

A custom build in the true sense of the word, Jim, Jedda and Jarrad from Waterside Living have intrically designed and handcrafted many of the main features of the home. Designed by Waterside Living and precisely manufactured by Muras Steel, Corten steel blade vertical fence panels are orientated in a way to provide privacy from street level. They are framed by recycled timber posts and incorporate Corten steel security entry gates.

Raked eaves lined with individual timber slats, oil treated Spotted Gum hardwood wall panelling, clay pressed bricks, exposed structural steel beams and 100 mm copper downpipes add to the overall patina; the exterior facade tells you that you are in for something special.  

The gated entrance opens into a private courtyard onto a Spotted Gum timber pathway, flanked either side by manicured gardens and concrete stepping stone paths that are encased by white pebbles. The pathways all serve a purpose – left to the rear yard and right via another security gate to the exposed concrete drive into the double garage with auto panel lift door. The timber pathway leads you to the grand, handcrafted New Guinea Rosewood entrance door and into the residence’s light filled entry foyer. Spotted Gum, secret nailed timber flooring is the choice underfoot throughout the home, adding to the natural, warm feel.

Left of entry is the home office, fitted out expertly with custom built shelving and desks, all tucked away behind a timber framed, opaque glass sliding door. Right is internal access to the garage, but the most striking is the glass walled atrium light well that draws you in and leads you through the ground level. 

Comprising kitchen, dining, family and media rooms, guest powder room, laundry and indoor/outdoor entertaining areas plus the master bedroom suite, the ground floor is the owners’ domain, providing single level living. 

Media Room, Kitchen, Dining, Outdoor Entertaining

Adding a rustic, yet ultra modern look, a timber framed, opaque glass sliding barn door opens into a media room, the entertainment hub of the home. Decked out superbly with cinema seating, plush carpet from Port Macquarie Carpetone and a coffered ceiling with recessed lighting; the media room is adorned with seagrass wallpapering and acoustic curtains supplied by Topstitch Manufacturing that not only add to the sound proofing, but also add a touch of elegance.  

Custom built cabinetry surrounding a wall mounted big screen TV houses the control panels for the integrated sound system, as well as internet connectivity. The ultra modern system has the house wired for sound!  Music can be played in different areas at the same time and can be controlled from iPhone or iPad.  

Concept Kitchens have excelled themselves with the kitchen and indeed, all the custom built cabinetry throughout the dwelling. Features abound in this up to the minute cook’s haven. Polyurethane door fronts and panels in Monument Grey add a sleek touch to the Neolith high pressure porcelain topped island bench that divides the kitchen from the living area. Being 1.4 m wide and 2.5 m long, it also acts as a breakfast bar and has a conveniently placed pop-up power socket, under-mount square set stainless steel sink with flick mixer, soft close drawers both sides and a Miele induction cooktop.  

A stunning design statement, the sleek style, remote control Schweigen IN ceiling cassette range-hood combines light and extraction in one silent unit, a versatile solution.  

Cabinetry behind the island has integrated refrigerators; louvre doored overhead cabinets in Arctic White, a bench-top that runs along the back wall of the kitchen space overlooking the atrium gives a very pleasant place for food preparation, and there’s further under-bench storage. A ducted vacuum system has also been cleverly placed under the refrigerators for convenient usage – out of sight but readily at hand. A multi-function steam oven as well as a multi-function convection oven and two plate warmers have been incorporated into further New Guinea Rosewood wall cabinetry. 

Placed alongside the main kitchen is the butler’s pantry that has an internal door to the garage, allowing ease of access when bringing the groceries home. A true butler’s pantry; it has its own sink, dishwasher, plus custom built storage drawers and shelving both under bench and overhead. Neolith bench-tops and polyurethane doors give an easy clean surface, and Velux skylights allow an abundance of natural light.

An open plan dining, living room alongside complements the kitchen seamlessly. Having a 5.4 m ceiling height, floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and remote opening louvre windows and blinds allow for direction of the readily available sea breeze. Dividing the dining and living areas is an environmentally friendly, clean burning bioethanol fire plinth. A wonderful warm, dancing flame creates a unique atmosphere with superior comfort and streamlined design.

The back left corner of the dining room opens completely two sides, effectively disappearing, creating an indoor/outdoor entertaining area.

A full outdoor kitchen, in the same style as the main kitchen, has a Weber BBQ and sink built in its cabinetry. Limestone pavers are underfoot, having been chosen for their ability to retain heat at a comfortable temperature at all times. They encase a timber seating area that steps down to a fire pit – a great spot to kick back and relax. Alongside is the heated pool, fenced off with glass balustrade; it has a seated spa with coloured lighting. An outdoor shower has also been incorporated, very handy when coming back from a swim at the nearby Lake Cathie beach. 

Master Bedroom Suite

Luxurious, the master bedroom suite is a tranquil, private sanctuary. It has its own glass balustraded poolside courtyard accessible through a bi-fold glass door, walk through his/hers robe and en-suite with a free-standing bath and a his/hers shower with twin rain shower heads, a wall hung vanity with above bench his/hers hand-basins and LED strip lighting. Face height storage has been recessed behind the vanity mirrors, and coffered strip lighting to the ceiling adds to the relaxed ambience.

2nd Level – Guest Bedrooms with en-suites, Family Room

Ascend a beautifully crafted cantilevered timber staircase to the 2nd level. The staircase itself is something special; a glass balustrade framing the stairs is 4 m at its highest point, creating the illusion of floating, unsupported and weightless treads, and three Velux skylights and four pendant lights illuminate from above.

A spacious family room overlooks the living areas below – the view unimpeded by a frameless glass balustrade. Two executive guest bedrooms have zone controlled air-conditioning, plush carpet and built-in robes. Each has its own en-suite comprising shower with frameless glass screen from Pavys Glass, wall hung vanity with above bench hand basins and heated towel rails. Underfloor heating in the en-suites has also been installed for comfort. Bedroom 1 has its own Juliet balcony, and bedroom 2 has a built-in laundry shute.    

Having a spacious floor plan; comprising master bedroom suite, two guest bedrooms, home office, media room, open plan kitchen/dining and family rooms plus indoor/outdoor entertaining areas, the home is one of a kind. It is defined by a sense of functionality and ultra-clean lines. It is unique, customised and has a highly efficient architectural response with a select range of materials, finishes and building processes that all work in unison. It’s all about the detail.  

An epic home showcasing the superb building and design services that Waterside Living offer, brimming with smart technology, environmentally friendly aspects and powerful innovation.

From the Builder – Waterside Living

Tell us a little about yourselves and your company …

Waterside Living is a fresh take on a construction company that has been operating in the Hastings Valley since the early ‘70s. Family run and operated, it has long provided quality construction projects to residents throughout the region who have an eye for quality and detail.  

Waterside Living is headed by Jim and Jedda Maggs, with Jarrad Mascord providing senior project management services. Jim is a bona fide local, being born in the old Hastings District Hospital, attending school within the region and completing his carpentry apprenticeship under the valued guidance of his father, Bob. It was some 20 odd years ago that Jim first developed a passion for working accurately and authentically – a skill no doubt that was instilled in him by his father.   

This passion for genuine carpentry without a reliance on prefabrication meant that Jim’s craftsmanship was respected by tradesmen and customers alike. After meeting Jedda, they moved to Sydney to allow Jedda to complete her university studies. Whilst in Sydney, Jim furthered this eye for detail and experience, linking with prominent joinery and kitchen suppliers.   During this time Jim was lucky enough to work in some of the most exclusive homes in Sydney and develop functional joinery solutions to their renovation projects.   

Jim’s heart yearned for home and he longed to bring the skills learned in Sydney back to the residents of the Port Macquarie region.   After some time, the opportunity arose to build a home for some extended family on Lord Howe Island. Jumping at the prospect, Jim devoted much of his time into understanding the intricacies of building in a remote location and before long he was awarded the Anchorage, a major restaurant construction on the island. Returning home to Port Macquarie upon completion of construction, he was presented with the opportunity to link with family once again and provide senior project management services to BDM Constructions.   

Again, Jim’s understanding of construction methods and problem solving capabilities did not go unnoticed, with many clients both commercially and residentially recognising his natural talent for construction. Among many large-scale construction projects and smaller shop-fitting jobs whilst at BDM, the redevelopment of the heritage listed National Australia Bank in Balmain is one that he is most proud of. Not to mention more local jobs – like the new Volkswagen showroom at John Oxley Motors and many local school projects in the building education revolution. 

 Jim had a desire to carve his own path in business however, and taking over the family business was a logical sequence to carry on the name of quality construction. As such, the new image of Waterside Living was born. With his varied background in construction, Jim was keen to tackle custom and commercial projects, delivering a quality finish that delivered both aesthetically and functionally. 

Jedda’s interest in construction was born out of her relationship with Jim, but certainly not limited by that. Whilst in Sydney, it was not uncommon to find Jedda accompanying Jim around job sites communicating with clients and tradesmen. 

Upon completion of university, Jedda returned with Jim to Port Macquarie, where she began work as a registered nurse before extending her skills, training to become a registered midwife. Having lived in Port Macquarie now for 15 years, she dares to call herself a local, with many people recognising her based on her work within the health sector. After having a sabbatical for motherhood, Jedda has returned to the business working alongside Jim in providing administrative support in a busy office.

Jarrad, also a local being born and bred in Port Macquarie, completed his apprenticeship as a carpenter under the guidance of a local builder. Seeking an increased scope of work opportunities, Jarrad moved to Western Australia and began utilising his carpentry skills within the mining sector at both a residential and industrial level. His capabilities for management were quickly identified, and he was promoted to supervisor shortly afterwards. Here his skills for precision were paramount, and he honed his understanding of construction practices that were flexible to meet the situational requirements. 

With the FIFO lifestyle draining, Jarrad returned home to Port Macquarie with a desire to implement his new skills. Linking in with Jim and Waterside Living allowed Jarrad to utilise his supervising and carpentry skills in a project management capacity. He has enjoyed and furthered his learning and understanding of construction whilst project managing this custom build in Lake Cathie.

With this team at its core, Waterside Living specialises in custom built homes and commercial construction projects, but is well equipped to undertake projects across the spectrum, from shop-fitting, renovations, to major works. 

We have been lucky enough to be awarded custom residential/commercial contracts for a unique bed and breakfast on Port Macquarie’s North Shore, and major renovation projects in North Haven, Lake Cathie and Lighthouse Beach. Jim’s quality name on Lord Howe Island has not been forgotten, with Waterside Living recently completing the construction of the new Airport Terminal. Waterside Living is eager for new opportunities to provide quality construction services to clients who are keen for a point of difference.

Tell us about this latest project …

This latest project nearing completion at Lake Cathie has been close to the hearts of the Waterside Living team. With contributions from both local and Sydney based architects and a resubmission to Council necessary, the time from the conceptualisation until now has been longer than originally anticipated; however, as the saying goes, “good things come to those who wait”.

An intricate and detailed build process integrating functionality, ingenuity, creativity, quality craftsmanship and good design allowed Waterside Living to deliver a truly unique and outstanding home to the clients.


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