Gregory River Homestead sits elegantly positioned overlooking the Gregory River valley. A stylish fusion of American Hamptons and classic Australian Queenslander makes this home not only beautiful but also a clever design well suited to its tropical setting. Light frame construction materials and locally sourced hardwood provide a savvy design solution ensuring that heat is not retained in the home. Stilts provide airflow under the house and an accommodating design for the characteristically sloping sites of the Whitsundays. Switching out the traditional timber weatherboard exterior for fibrous cement cladding and resilient modern exterior paints has provided the owners with a lower maintenance longer lasting exterior. These modifications are better suited to the high rainfall, occasionally cyclonic climate. It also ensures that the present-day, time poor, home owner is spending their time enjoying their house and not maintaining it.
The bedrooms to the rear of the home look out through elegant bay windows into the forested ranges rising behind. Classic Hamptons style built in desks and cabinetry have been used throughout the home. These are complimented by wide white skirting boards and white marble benchtops and tiling creating a sophisticated feel.
The archway framing the kitchen from the living area is a brilliant design feature present in both Hamptons architecture and traditional Queenslanders. The archway is not only aesthetically pleasing but it enables open plan living – ever present in contemporary Australian design – and the crossflow ventilation required for comfortable living inside a house in the tropics.
An extensive deep shaded verandah stretches across the front of the home. This cool space is decoratively framed with white posts, pretty fretwork sweeps and an impressive double stairway. The verandah draws us away from the elegant sophisticated style of the Hamptons interior to relax into the indoor/outdoor living favoured in contemporary Australian design. It is a lifestyle design feature ideally suited to the tropics and the tranquil country setting. The aspect of the house ensures that the verandah enjoys the rural panorama, the afternoon shade and all day breeze. The kids love to run around the verandah throughout the day, rain or shine, and the parents can retreat here in the evenings to watch the lightning crack over the cane fields.