IT is the type of house that stands out in a crowd, and not just because it has an unusually dark exterior.
Feature lighting, natural materials including travertine stone, timber and polished concrete as well as wide windows give the two-storey Helensvale property a sense of elegance.
Owners Danielle and Jonathan Van Kersen took an industrial style and blended it with warmer tones when they designed the four-bedroom house on Serenity Boulevard.
“We just really liked the feel of dark rendered walls with timber and concrete,” Mr Van Kersen said.
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The couple built the house themselves through Mr Van Kersen’s building company, Van Kersen Homes. They have lived in it for the past year.
“The design process was actually really quick because we knew exactly what we wanted then it only took us about six months to build,” Mrs Van Kersen said.
The waterfront home has a main bedroom with ensuite on each level, a built-in bar, alfresco dining area and pool.
Mrs Van Kersen said they loved the home’s open floorplan, especially that they could further open the living area out onto the alfresco area.
“In the afternoons, we get an absolutely wicked sunset,” she said.
While reluctant to sell the house, they want to pursue another project.