Highbury boss makes waves


A passion for the beach and surfing influenced the choice of a striking two-storey project home at Secret Harbour for Highbury Homes director Jim DeBaughn and his family.

Based on the builders Limelight display in Iluka, the home has been modified to suits its beachside corner block with panoramic ocean views and to meet the specific needs of Mr DeBaughn, his wife Joanne and grown-up children Leon, 22 and Amanda, 20.

Inside, the home is a showcase for the innovative design and high levels of specification usually evident in homes by Highbury, with light filled living areas, top quality fittings and fixtures, and a carefully balanced combination of comfort and opulence. It also has a fully automated intelligent wiring system that controls lighting, music, security, intercom and comfort levels.

“Originally, I had a totally different house design for this block – it was huge and I think I got a bit carried away,” Mr DeBaughn said.

“Then I realised the kids were older and we really didn’t need such a big house. I wanted something that would suit us now and something that we would still want to love in later, so I took everybody up to the Limelight display in Iluka and we tweaked it to a little bit to suit the block and fit our lifestyle”

An oversized timber front door opens to the foyer, where Mr DeBaughns home office is tucked around the corner. There’s a short passage to a private wing for daughter Amanda, with her bedroom, a streamlined ensuite and a sitting room converted from a bedroom.

At the back of the foyer, timber framed doors open to the main living zone, in which the kitchen, dining area and living room have uninterrupted views to the alfresco area, below ground pool and cabana.

“The design of this area was originally inspired by a villa we stayed at in Bali” Mr DeBaughn said.

A breezeway facing the pool, pond and outdoor living areas leads past Mr DeBaughns built in bar to the dedicated home theatre – otherwise known as the footy room – with raised seating and coloured led lights.

At the back of the ground floor, son Leon has a big sleeping area, ensuite and access to a separate garage that doubles as a rehearsal room for his band.

Upstairs a big sitting room, kitchenette and the main suite open to the front balconies boasting panoramic views across the sand dunes to the ocean allowing Mr DeBaughn to keep an eye on wave and wind conditions.

The main suite is a resort style retreat, with a spacious sleeping area, twin walk in robes and an opulent ensuite with elevated spa bath, oversize corner shower, broad double vanity unit with stone top and square basins.

The West Australian, New Homes lift out, Saturday 31st March 2012, story by Maureen Eppen