Realise your natural potential

Over the past decade, Gippsland builder Kingbuilt has earned itself a solid reputation as the custom builder of choice from the outer South-East of Melbourne through to Bairnsdale.

Using the rolling hills of the region as its canvas, Kingbuilt specialises in designing homes which best realise the natural potential of any given piece of land.

Less than half an hour from Pakenham, Kingbuilt’s wide frontage display home, Amberly Manor, is set on an acre of land in Drouin. Designed to demonstrate the scope of what can be created with Kingbuilt, this home has fast gained popularity, particularly for those moving from a smaller block of land in the South-East into Gippsland.

Harry Sheehan, Kingbuilt’s senior designer who worked closely with owner Phil King on the design of this house, takes Homes and Land Magazine through some of the key elements which have made it so popular.

“One of the most important features of this home is light,” Harry explained.

“It’s particularly lovely in spring. We incorporated a high raked ceiling to the living area with highlight windows to maximise natural light and give the living area a really large, open feel to it. We hear a lot of feedback about how light and airy the living space and kitchen is.

“We also included oversized sliding doors from the living area out to the alfresco. Sliding doors were important as we wanted to avoid the vertical framed bars of bifold doors, maximise the light coming in and the views to the rear of the home, as well as to give the house more of an architectural feel. In spring, you can slide them all the way open and bring the outdoors right into the home.“

Allowing more light to flow into the home is the large shopfront entry door and the remote controlled Velux skylights in the kitchen and walk-in-robe. The skylights are remote controlled and ideal for bringing in more light and providing natural ventilation.

As well as light, the house features several natural materials.

“One of the most striking characteristics of this home is the inclusion of reclaimed timber posts,” Harry said.

“They’re made of red ironbark from an old bridge in northern NSW and have all the original features such as bolt holes and hand carved fish scales.“

There’s also blackout timber in the bathroom vanities, natural stone vanity basins, limestone feature walls, spotted gum cladding, and wormy chestnut timber floors. Each of these gives a warm, earthy look and feel, which works with all the light and openness of the home, especially at this time of year.

Factor in four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a media room, study, activities room, ample storage, oversized walk-in-robe to the master bedroom, generous entry, double garage and Geothermal heating and cooling, and this home ticks all the boxes for tree changers, families, retirees with expanding families and lovers of rural life.

“No two Kingbuilt homes are the same,” Harry said.

“We work with each client to meet their individual requirements and budget. Some clients have created their own version of Amberly Manor and some have simply incorporated elements into their own completely different design. There’s nothing that can’t be done.”

home essentials

Builder: Kingbuilt.

Design: Amberly Manor.

Location: 1 Amberly Drive, Drouin.

Open: Between 12 noon and 4pm, Friday to Tuesday.

Contact: 1300 546 428 or visit

Details: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double garage.

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