Creekside home blends coastal style with contemporary flair

‘Soiree’ at 48 Michel Dr, Currumbin Waters
Set against the serene ebb and flow of the tidal Currumbin estuary, this contemporary home blends coastal design influences with a subtle industrial allure.
In their first major personal build project, concreter Tim Harders and his wife, Vanessa, have created an oasis ideally suited to their beachside lifestyle with young sons, Brooklyn, 10, and Kyuss, 6.
The Harders’ business, ConTek, specialises in high-rise commercial projects, while the couple engaged designer Jayson Pate and builder Daniel Veitch, of Dankav, to realise a high-end home at 48 Michel Dr, Currumbin Waters tailored to relaxed family living and effortless entertaining.
The property is marketed by Ed Cherry, of Harcourts Coastal, and goes to auction on June 17.
Kerb appeal
Trails of greenery over stacked stone and timber-look aluminium cladding
Trails of greenery over stacked stone and timber-look aluminium cladding form the 2021-built property’s eye-catching façade, which leads onto a meticulously detailed floorplan with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a study over two levels.
The C-shaped design is supported by off-form concrete pillars and wraps around a tropical entertaining terrace with a stunning round pool, well-appointed barbecue kitchen, and low-maintenance lawns.
The house is constructed on a raised slab to accommodate the flood zone, allowing flat access across the main living level.
Low-maintenance lawns
48 Michel Dr, Currumbin Waters
Mr and Mrs Harders said they regularly travelled to Bali and were inspired by the island’s emerging design trends.
“Going there, they maximise such small land space so well,” Mr Harders said.
“Typically your normal Aussie home is all house at the front, then your backyard, so I just wanted every room to focus in on the outdoor area.”
The Harders settled on the name ‘Soiree’ for their property, to reflect the home’s seamless connection between indoors and outdoors that has, in turn, inspired social connections through balmy evenings spent here with family and friends.
Interior features expresss the homeowners’ appeciation for raw tones and textures,with a fusion of polished concrete floors, natural stone feature walls, and warm timber floors accented by soaring voids of close to 6m.
The front lounge overlooking parkland and the creek
The kitchen and butler’s pantry beneath a soaring void
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“As opposed to other homes where everything is lightweight, everything is concrete here,” Mr Harders said.
“We timed it just before [construction] prices increased. To build it now would be twice the price.”
Two bedrooms, a retreat and bathroom are upstairs, with another bedroom and bathroom downstairs.
The master retreat ticks all the boxes comfort-wise, with a private balcony, huge walk-through wardrobe, and an ensuite that is the stuff of dreams with Concrete Nation bath and double open-style shower.
But for all its luxury inclusions, it is the location which really makes this property shine.
The master bedroom
The ensuite has a freestanding bath and open-style double shower
Overlooking parklands to the front and rear, the home is within walking distance to the beach and creek as well as local schools, shops and community markets, promising an enviable lifestyle.
The Harders calls the protected pocket a “hidden gem”.
“We fell in love with it here because it is so quiet, so tranquil,” Mr Harders said.
“We’ve come from acreage so it feels like we’re still on acreage, but right by the beach.”
Michel Dr has a mixed housing profile of original shacks, typically held for generations, with a smattering of new, luxury builds maximising capital growth in the emerging area.
“We stalked this street for about a year, and then one day we drove past and saw an agent hammering a sign in, I think we put an offer in the same day,” Mrs Harders said.
PropTrack data shows house prices in Currumbin Waters were down 4.5 per cent over the past 12 months to a median of $1.12m.
Property records show the Harders purchased the 647sq m lot for $850,000 in 2019.

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