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From constructing cubby houses as a
child to designing and building the
family holiday home at age 16, it's no
surprise that the building designer
who created this spectacular Japanese-
inspired abode is just 26 years old.
With his parents as the clients, Chris Clout
had the added luxury of a relatively open brief
that allowed him to use his bold imagination
and achieve an award-winning result.
"I always aim to create a fun effect in a
house," says Chris, of Chris Clout Designs.
" is house is adventurous with little
bridges, walkways and gardens with steps,
so every time you go somewhere
Located on a canal in Noosa Waters, the
house boasts an interesting mix of materials
and details that successfully blend to create
a refreshing style.
"Nothing I've done with the home is
normal. e gutters are custom made and
the ply ceiling is designed in a tetras-style
square and rectangle pattern," he says.
" ere are always challenges because I like
to make things difficult so it makes the
house stand out."
Hidden doors, bridges and other quirky
details in the house create an exciting and
"It tricks people," he says. " e media
room has an external access to the garage,
but we wanted the wall to not look like a
door, so we designed it into a secret door by
blending it into feature wall panelling."
A secret luxury ensuite in the upstairs
guest room is disguised by three matching
doors, which appear to be cupboards.
"When I open the door, people are just
amazed there's a whole bathroom with
amazing views," he says.
e only request by his parents and
owners Janet and Peter Clout was the house
has four bedrooms and be self-contained,
with a relaxing holiday vibe.
"Everyone goes on holidays to Bali,
ailand and Fiji, and I've done a large
amount of travelling and brought back all of
the major design elements," says Chris.
The attention grabbing "top hat"
stacked Asian-style roof creates an instant
resort ambience. The ceiling soars above
the open living space, with breezes passing
over the water before entering the house to
LUXURY LIVING: Open living areas and a seamless flow from
indoors to outdoors create a relaxing resort-style vibe.
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