Interior design by Di Henshall, Di Henshall Interior Design
From the interior designer:
The owners of the huge block of land overlooking the Sunshine Coast shoreline had already picked their builder before we met.
The building company has their own in-house draftsman who prepared the plans for the house, which is over 1000m² in floor area.
The owners have two young children and are successful business people who have business interests all over Australia.
In addition to their business, they are keen environmentalists that wanted the interior design of the house to reflect their love of nature and to reflect the sub-tropical, leafy surrounds, including huge gum trees and rainforest.
The build took nearly two years and during that time certain specified finishes and fixtures were no longer available.
The pandemic hadn't helped – the challenge was keeping the integrity of the design specifications when having to reselect suitable products.
Like all of the jobs that I do, I was involved start right from scratch with the people.
The people had had the house designed by Costa homes, and it was by far is the biggest house that they've built.
Two different people
The couple are very different to each other – he was a professional dancer, a singer, a musician, a bodybuilder – and she's like a helicopter mum that is very fussy about things being put away.
So they're very different people and I had to make sure that this house that I was going to design for them suited both their personalities.
Luckily they had assigned one of the buildings as a pavilion and that's what turned into the music room, bar and the games room – and it spills out onto this fantastic garden.
So that allowed me to be very creative for the husband because he needs somewhere that he can really express himself.