Explore an Award-Winning Coastal Renovation with Timeless Details

Architect and Interior Design Concept: BDA Architecture

Welcome to Selamanya House; a contemporary renovation with timeless coastal details located on the Gold Coast. 'Selamanya' means forever in Balinese, which is exactly how long we’d like to stay soaking up the calm, coastal atmosphere and views from this gorgeous family home. Situated on a canal, the home defines indoor-outdoor living with curated features that leave us in awe. 

Winning Home Design Magazine’s ‘Renovator of the Year’ award, Selamanya House showcases a contemporary design that highlights the simplicity of materials, structure, and form. So, come with us as we take a tour with Di from Hennessy Building Projects and explore the details that make this contemporary coastal renovation so idyllic. 

Like all good renovations, the project originally began as a dated home that wasn’t completely optimising its gorgeous surroundings, as it was closed off and didn't take advantage of the canal views. An open-plan living concept was created as well as the addition of the second storey, which also looks out over the Gold Coast Hinterland. The sitting room and atrium are original features of the previous home but were never used. Di saw the opportunity to breathe life into the house by utilising the atrium to help with that indoor-outdoor connection.

Selamanya House has completely achieved that contemporary coastal style we’re currently loving. From the palette to the textures and materials, it really is a dream home. And it’s one of those homes that instantly captivates you before you even step through the front door. The exterior features classic coastal details like weatherboards, stone, and timber, all in a light, monochromatic palette. Both the façade and front yard are reminiscent of a luxury island resort; even the outdoor shower and refined landscape signal ‘dream getaway’.

Contemporary may seem like a trend that is, well, contemporary, but it's the elements within this popular style that make it so timeless. The minimalist details, sleek lines, and classic features keep it both relevant and iconic. Take the horizontal roof and highlight windows on Selamanya House, for example, these traditional architectural elements are timeless, yet completely stylish.

The luxury resort atmosphere doesn’t end at the front door. As you enter the home, you’re surrounded by a landscaped courtyard that connects the outdoors with the open-plan living spaces. It's bright and refreshing while remaining welcoming and warm. The coastal palette continues through the living, dining, and kitchen areas complete with light whites, stone, and neutral pendants, a nod to tones found beachside.  

The open-plan space spills out onto a spacious outdoor terrace that overlooks the pool and canal. The connection between indoor-outdoor living is even stronger as the stackable doors create one entertaining area filled with unique furniture pieces and complete with a spiral staircase. 

Selamanya House has been curated to ensure not a single detail was overlooked, even the bedrooms are separated with the children’s room on the ground floor and a parents’ retreat on the second. Plus, elements, like the courtyard, serve a purpose beyond aesthetics such as providing ventilation and capturing sunlight. 

Speaking of sunlight, factors such as this hold great significance in making Selamanya House so impactful. For example, the light highlights the colours and textures of the home, but it’s a smart energy move as well, helping the homeowners to save on bills. The natural light also has this incredible way of blurring the lines between the indoors and outdoors as the changing patterns of light create an atmosphere that's both lively and peaceful, making the whole place feel more inviting.

“Selamanya House's interior design echoes the architectural feel of a Contemporary Coastal Family Home. Working with an inviting light and natural materials palette keeps the overall design timeless and fresh.”

- Di Hennessy | Owner + Business and Marketing Manager at Hennessy Building Projects

It really is no surprise that Selamanya House won Home Design Magazine’s ‘Home Design Renovation of the Year 2022/23’. The competition looks into a vast amount of projects that inspire people to start their own renovation. And between the strategic design, idyllic palette, and curated details, it's evident that Selamanya House is very deserving of this award.

We hope you’re feeling inspired by the renovation at Selamanya House. If you’d like to put your vision onto canvas, check out our mood board tool.

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