Qual­ity and style are key

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE -

CUM­BER­LAND Is­lands are a group of 70 is­lands in the Whit­sun­day re­gion, dis­cov­ered by Cap­tain James Cook in 1770.

Cum­ber­land Homes is one of the re­gion’s pre­mier build­ing com­pa­nies, and when queried about what he’d be do­ing if he wasn’t build­ing, co-owner Ray Jo­han­nesen said he’d be “sail­ing”.

Af­ter more than three decades in the in­dus­try, the work­man­ship Ray and his team pro­vide is sec­ond to none.

The com­pany has won var­i­ous HIA awards over the years, in­clud­ing the 2015 HIA Best Spec Home of the Year for the Mackay and Whit­sun­day area.

Although Mr Jo­han­nesen is the direc­tor of his com­pany, he’s out ev­ery day work­ing along­side his three builders – his right-hand man Cameron Meu­rant, his son Dy­lan Jo­han­nesen and the young but tal­ented ap­pren­tice, Ja­cob Healey.

“I’m on the tools get­ting my hands dirty,” he says.

I’d never ex­pect my work­ers to do some­thing I wasn’t pre­pared to do my­self.”

For the past few years, Cum­ber­land Homes has been work­ing at a site on Her­mitage Drive.

Perched on the right hand side, seven north-fac­ing homes are be­ing built for Airbnb style ac­com­mo­da­tion, that of­fer guests an ex­pe­ri­ence with added op­tional ex­tras such as an in-house French din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The three-bed­room, three-bath­room homes all have sweep­ing vis­tas over the port of Air­lie and Dou­ble Cone Is­land.

When Cy­clone Deb­bie hit 19 months prior, the com­pleted homes sur­vived; a solid in­di­ca­tion of the ex­per­tise and high qual­ity work­man­ship be­hind the taste­ful and sturdy struc­tures.

The com­plex has been called Ele­menta, and each of the seven homes rep­re­sents one of the el­e­ments:

Earth, Fire, Air, Wa­ter, Wood, Me­tal and Aether.

This par­tic­u­lar project has been quite high pro­file for the team, with one of the homes be­ing in the draw for the RSL Art Union Lot­tery.

This is the first time in com­pe­ti­tion his­tory a dwelling north of the Sun­shine Coast has been se­lected for the prize and Mr Jo­han­nesen is proud of the his­tory of which his com­pany is now a part.

“I couldn’t have done it with­out my team, they’re good lads,” he said.

The homes in the Ele­menta com­plex are all the same, with open plan liv­ing ar­eas, and sim­i­lar lay­outs, but they have slightly dif­fer­ent fin­ishes that make for some­thing unique.

Fea­tures such as “switch glass” in the bath­rooms add a mod­ern edge to the homes; lit­er­ally flick a switch and the glass in the bath­room be­comes frosted, giv­ing you pri­vacy.

Qual­ity work­man­ship com­bined with slick, mod­ern and func­tional de­sign is a recipe for suc­cess.

PRES­TIGE: The sleek and mod­ern master bed­room built by Cum­ber­land Homes, which is known for its qual­ity work­man­ship.

LEFT: The Cum­ber­land Homes team, mi­nus Ker­rie Jo­han­nesen.

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