When we had decided to sell our previous property one of the things on my list was to get a certification for the swimming pool. It was 20 years old and I was worried that it might not meet new specifications. I took a blind stab at the yellow pages and came up with Darren Magees’ pool compliance company. He was so helpful, nothing, was too much trouble.
He attended to the few things that weren’t up to standard and issued me the certificate. I mentioned to him that the next house I had designed featured a pool as the main feature and could he recommend a pool builder. He said he had 15 year’s experience with building pools as he was primarily a master builder.
We talked for about an hour and I knew that I had found my builder.
He proved that my decision as the right one. Working with him and his team was a fantastic journey. The house he built is unlike the typical Noosa build and he and his team were excited and enthusiastic which I think is in evidence with the outcome. I started the design with a quite Brutal Japanese ethos, but in the evolution of the build it softened, the resulting house is contemporary, subtle and timeless, but still with a Japanese essence.
It has aspects from every room, a Japanese inner courtyard with a running stream, to expansive views of the ocean from Coolum to Noosa Heads. I included many Japanese themes. Hand drawn pencil designs of textiles gracing the guest bathrooms flowing to the next stage with paintings of designs for Kimono and Obi sashes adorning a secret powder room.
This is almost the highlight of the house as it is concealed behind a silver gilt Baroque mirror. The final stage of this theme is executed with the seats of the dining chairs being covered in the actual Obi sashes. The dressing room and bathroom of the master suite turned out to be a superb area of luxury, space being to me the ultimate luxury, it has a free-standing custom shower shielded from the main dressing room by a suspended slab of Indian Onyx that took eight men to lift.
The bath is handmade from copper with a zinc lining and gleams like a jewel as the bathroom itself extends into the Japanese garden. It is styled like a Japanese tea house and completely opens to the courtyard garden allowing it to be sun filled all day!
The bedrooms are an eclectic blend of styles also having a mixture of contemporary Aboriginal Art and Japanese screens. There are always things that don’t go as well as planned or turn out exactly how one thought, but on the whole, I am very happy with every aspect of the build. Darren is a perfectionist and he is on constant watch and scrutinises every detail until it is right. The building site was always well maintained and tidy. His team of workers were disciplined and personable, I enjoyed interacting with them and seeing the pride with which they carried out their work.
I can only recommend Darren and his team of skilled tradesmen with a five-star rating