JAKE Cumberland and his companion, Dakota Hallett, are constructing a contemporary treehouse impressed by the bushland surrounding their property at Currumbin on the Gold Coast.
Aptly named ‘The Surrounds’, the distinctive construct is the primary private venture by Mr Cumberland, 28, a design coordinator with building firm, McNab, and Ms Hallett, 26, a lawyer.
The couple knew they’d discovered the correct patch once they seen koala markings on among the bushes on the 1,166sq m block they bought in April 2021 for $740,000.
Currumbin has recorded one of many Gold Coast’s highest charges of capital development, with home costs there doubling over the past 5 years to 2022.
Inbuilt 1974, the unique three-level home was full of character, however its predominantly cedar building had deteriorated over time.
The couple re-imagined the prevailing house, retaining its ethereal void and timber options however in a kind that was constructed to final.
“We beloved the quirk of the general kind and its luxurious panorama, so whereas we’re putting in a brand new construct we’ve saved the unique design intent and highlighted the options that had been most vital to us,” Mr Cumberland mentioned.
“Nevertheless, being a timber house with put on and tear over time, we’ve added quite a lot of structural metal so the house can stand the take a look at of time.”
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Because the block backed onto a koala reserve, they engaged a advisor to make sure native bushes had been saved, and sub-tropical ones changed, encouraging visits from the “furry pals” they’d noticed within the tall gums framing the house.
Mr Cumberland was a professional surfer throughout his years at Palm Seashore Currumbin Excessive, and drew on his “impressed upbringing” within the space to design a “native Australian home”.
“We went for a design that isn’t your typical Gold Coast house,” he mentioned.
“Constructive structure impacts your wellbeing and your temper, and we needed a house that was open and light-weight but nonetheless cozy and comfortable — someplace you possibly can actually nestle into, with snuggle pockets to curve up and skim a e-book, or just admire the encircling panorama.”
The construct is presently underway and might be listed on the market later this 12 months.