Shamba Residence


Builder
Nathan Verri Pty Ltd.

Designer
Balay Vandyke Designs

Photographer
Julie Verri

Location
Port Douglas

Major Features
Arch Ways
Travertine Flooring
Pool & Out Door Entertaining Area
Sheer Size


This enormous African inspired home, set upon several acres with ocean views, covers an abundant 1000 square meters.

A stunning feature throughout the home is the 100 plus arches, strategically hand-formed and poured in position. Much time and patience was required to get each multi-tangential curved-arch exactly right, prior to pouring, to ensure the correct aesthetics and strength to be able to bear the pressures of concrete.

Externally the walls are cladded in a solid African inspired undulated earthy-render finish. Ceiling linings throughout the property are consistent with traditional methods being VJ timber adding warmth and texture. An array of earthy travertine is dominant on all flooring, including the main home, guest house, pool area, pathways, steps and courtyard. This travertine has been laid internally and externally using a traditional format with an un-fill, French pattern.

The enormous resort-sized pool, features multiple lighting options to create an ambience for relaxing or entertaining. It’s built-in entertainment system with top of the line speakers create that next level of sound quality and further enhance an entertainer’s paradise. It has been positioned to make the most of the 360-degree mountain and ocean views.

800 metres of driveway with hand-formed concrete head-walls and carefully selected “Ravenshoe Red” stone for both the concrete and bitumen elements was essential for consistency linking back to the desired African inspired ranch feel of the property. Underground, lies a series of intricately planed and woven plumbing, electrical and irrigation systems.  These provide seamless services and life to the property through rainwater catchment tanks, bore’s and pumps, filtration, onsite waste water treatment services and distribution and intercommunication from the front gate and door-to-door between buildings.

Otherwise known as ‘Shamba, this most certainly is an African ranch in tropical Far North Queensland!