Currumbin couple takes on modern treehouse build

Currumbin homeowners Jake Cumberland and Dakota Hallett. Picture: Tertius Pickard
JAKE Cumberland and his partner, Dakota Hallett, are building a modern treehouse inspired by the bushland surrounding their property at Currumbin on the Gold Coast.
Aptly named ‘The Surrounds’, the unique build is the first personal project by Mr Cumberland, 28, a design coordinator with construction company, McNab, and Ms Hallett, 26, a lawyer.
The couple knew they had found the right patch when they noticed koala markings on some of the trees on the 1,166sq m block they purchased in April 2021 for $740,000.
Currumbin has recorded one of the Gold Coast’s highest rates of capital growth, with house prices there doubling over the last five years to 2022.
An artist’s render of the re-imagined home among the trees
How the kitchen will look
Built in 1974, the original three-level house was packed with character, but its predominantly cedar construction had deteriorated over time.
The couple re-imagined the existing home, retaining its airy void and timber features but in a form that was built to last.
“We loved the quirk of the overall form and its luxurious landscape, so while we are installing a new build we have kept the original design intent and highlighted the features that were most important to us,” Mr Cumberland said.
“However, being a timber home with wear and tear over the years, we have added a lot of structural steel so the home can stand the test of time.”
The original timber home
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As the block backed onto a koala reserve, they engaged a consultant to ensure native trees were kept, and sub-tropical ones replaced, encouraging visits from the “furry friends” they’d spotted in the tall gums framing the home.
Mr Cumberland was a pro surfer during his years at Palm Beach Currumbin High, and drew on his “inspired upbringing” in the area to design a “native Australian house”.
The couple plans to sell the home. Picture: Tertius Pickard
“We went for a design that is not your typical Gold Coast home,” he said.
“Positive architecture affects your wellbeing and your mood, and we wanted a home that was open and light yet still cozy and comfy — somewhere you can really nestle into, with snuggle pockets to curl up and read a book, or simply admire the surrounding landscape.”
The build is currently underway and will be listed for sale later this year.

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