Not your average suburban Robina home

125 Camberwell Circuit, Robina, is far from an ordinary suburban home.
IT was on a flying visit from Perth that Denika Wilson-Traynor and her husband Garry stumbled across a property that would become, not only their family home for the next 11 years, but also a work in progress.
It was 2011 and the chalet-style, double-brick property in Robina was somewhat of an aberration in a suburb populated by cookie-cutter houses.
The Traynors knew it was special when they first laid eyes on the home in 2011.
As such, it had sat on the market for more than a year, unable to be sold despite the best efforts of several agents.
Denika, however, saw potential in the very things that were driving other buyers away. She saw something different, unusual, a little less ordinary – which was exactly what she was looking for.
“I took a quick trip to the Gold Coast to look at a few homes, but I knew this was the only one for us,” Denika said.
The interiors are an eclectic mix of styles but they work harmoniously.
“I liked the location but I loved that the house was solid and interesting and unique, and that for me is gold.”
Renovating the four-bedroom property has been a passion project for Denika, who admits to only putting her finishing touches on it recently.

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“We literally started to plaster over the brick walls the day after settlement, but we left some exposed because we felt we didn’t want to lose the home’s character,” she said.
It is packed with original features.
“It’s also why the renovation has taken all these years. We wanted to take our time with it, to see what worked best for the house.”
Denika, who is a stylist with a retail background, used her experience and time spent overseas to source furniture that she felt suited both the home and her family.
“There’s definitely an element of our travels in there. And I have two girls and they very much knew what they wanted when it came to their rooms, so it’s a real mix of styles,” Denika said.
The Indonesian villa style-bedroom.
“One is a bit luxe, another is more grass roots and natural, and then you have the master suite which is like an Indonesian villa, yet the kitchen is still in its original form.”
It sounds like an eclectic clash of styles and cultures, but somehow it works, with Denika using subtle design elements to foster a cohesiveness that flows throughout the house.
She has kept plenty of original features too, such as the raked wood ceilings that give the house its chalet feel, and the brick fireplace, which Denika has clad in sandstone, with individually hand-cut pieces.
The original fireplace was covered with hand-cut pieces of sandstone.
“I find it hard to do anything that’s not authentic,” she said.
After all these years what Denika loves most about the home is the sense of calm it offers her in what is a hectic life.
Channel the holiday vibes.
“To me it is a world away from the crazy place we live in. Life is always a rush, but when I come home, I can put on some chilled music and treat it like it’s a villa in another country. I open all the doors and windows and I can see from the front of the house to the back,” she said.
You can see from the front of the house to the back thanks for large windows and open living spaces.

“And I love that I can lie in bed and have big things around me, like massive mirrors and artworks. I feel like I have space to breathe. It’s hard to describe. It’s just a feeling but everyone who comes here tells me they feel the same.”
The property at 125 Camberwell Circuit, Robina, will go under the hammer onsite at noon on July 8, through Brad Coyne and Cooper Cooper Markovitch of Kollosche.

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