THIS IS ME

A REG­U­LAR IN­SIGHT INTO SUN­SHINE COAST PER­SON­AL­I­TIES

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | BIG READ - PAUL CLOUT, DI­REC­TOR OF PAUL CLOUT DE­SIGN

Paul Clout is di­rec­tor of Noosav­ille-based build­ing and de­sign com­pany Paul Clout De­sign. Hav­ing been op­er­at­ing out of Noosa for more than 30 years, Paul is the cre­ative back­bone be­hind many of the Sun­shine Coast’s lux­ury homes.

As Paul mod­estly de­scribes his work: “We de­sign rel­a­tively up­mar­ket homes in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try”.

Favourite time of day and why?

Early morn­ings. I’m usu­ally up early, ei­ther surf­ing, Sup­ing, or run­ning. There’s not so many peo­ple around at that time, so it’s quiet and na­ture seems a lit­tle sharper and brighter.

What ex­cites you?

Food, cho­co­late, travel, ex­plor­ing new places, plus see­ing peo­ple do well and suc­ceed – not only in their jobs and busi­ness but per­sonal lives as well.

Favourite sport? Player or spec­ta­tor?

Surf­ing; player. It’s the sport that’s all about just get­ting out and hav­ing some fun with your mates. You don’t have to be that good to en­joy it and the ocean is al­ways beau­ti­ful.

I don’t mind be­ing a spec­ta­tor – most of the guys and girls on the world surf tour are pretty ex­cit­ing to watch and, of course, hats off to lo­cal boy Ju­lian Wil­son.

Best child­hood mem­ory?

I grew up in Nowra on the south coast of NSW and the near­est beach was about 20km away. So way be­fore I had my driver’s li­cence, I used to hitch­hike out to the surf, ei­ther alone or with a cou­ple of friends. You could get away with a lot more back then.

Where were you born?

Wol­lon­gong, NSW. I moved to Noosa in 1983.

Where would you like to hol­i­day?

The Amalfi Coast, Italy, is a favourite, or the Hawai­ian Is­lands – I could just keep go­ing back. And Queen­stown, New Zealand, in win­ter. But the bucket list is Alaska and Mal­dives.

Cats or dogs? Do you have a pet?

No, but def­i­nitely a dog over a cat.

Who are your he­roes?

My wife – she’s amaz­ing and has to put up with me 24/7. My dad – he was a leg­end.

Mick Fan­ning and Steph Gil­more are my surf he­roes – the way they surf and then con­duct them­selves is in­spir­ing. And Je­sus – the most amaz­ing man to walk on our planet.

Dream job?

Pro­fes­sional surfer. Ha ha, as if. I’m dream­ing there.

What will you be do­ing in 10 years?

I am very blessed and en­joy the life I am liv­ing now, so not too much needs to change.

What’s the best thing about liv­ing on the Sun­shine Coast?

My wife and I of­ten say how good would it be to hol­i­day in Noosa, but we al­ready live here so we are pretty for­tu­nate.

Noosa has an abun­dance of beau­ti­ful beaches and water­ways, the na­tional parks, the cli­mate is warm so you can en­joy the out­doors all-year round. Then there are heaps of nice lit­tle cafes and restau­rants to dine in and hang out.

PHO­TOS: (MAIN) CHE CHAP­MAN; CON­TRIB­UTED

LUX­URY LIV­ING: Paul Clout; and two ex­am­ples of award-win­ning homes on the Sun­shie Coast by his build­ing and de­sign com­pany Paul Clout De­sign.

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