Char­ac­ter and coun­try charm

Great Southern Herald - - Southern Living - Con­tact Colin Mon­te­fiore, 0428 936 631

The prop­erty is in a pop­u­lar lo­ca­tion con­ve­niently sit­u­ated mid­way be­tween Den­mark and Al­bany. The soil here is fan­tas­tic for grow­ing ve­g­ies and with an abun­dance of wa­ter from the big rain­wa­ter tank and dam, you’ll be on the road to self-suf­fi­ciency in no time.

A pri­vate drive­way edged by olive trees leads you to the main res­i­dence. Stand­ing proud is this ma­jes­tic and en­chant­ing home, with hand­made mud-bricks and cus­tomised tim­bers inside.

Step inside and be amazed by the warmth of tim­ber and ex­posed brick fea­tures.

The crafts­man­ship is as­tound­ing and a real talk­ing point. The din­ing room and sunken lounge are fin­ished with bam­boo tim­ber floors.

There are marri tim­ber steps that lead you down into the lounge space.

The ma­jor­ity of shelv­ing has been fit­ted us­ing marri tim­ber there­fore, this is an ex­trav­a­gant in­dul­gence that comes with the sale of the prop­erty.

Sev­eral tim­ber-framed French doors are po­si­tioned around the res­i­dence and of­fer con­ve­nient ac­cess to the veranda no mat­ter where you are inside the home.

Po­si­tioned ad­ja­cent to the lounge area is the wide open-plan fam­ily bath­room.

The free­stand­ing bath is sur­rounded wall to ceil­ing with glass over­look­ing a haven of ferns in the pri­vate court­yard.

The bath­room space is larger than your av­er­age, with sep­a­rate shower with views and plenty of room for an an­tique dresser and more.

From here you en­ter the over­sized laun­dry with a stun­ning fea­ture — a built-in red stained-glass cir­cle win­dow.

With floor-to-ceil­ing shelv­ing, this laun­dry space no longer needs to be a place to be ig­nored.

There is out­door ac­cess to the court­yard and veranda as well as wrought-iron fix­tures that add to the deca­dence.

With mo­saic tiles, the gallery-style kitchen fea­tures tim­ber cab­i­netry, ex­posed brick walls, cathe­dral ceil­ing and wood stove that when run­ning in win­ter keeps a warm am­biance through­out the home.

The pantry is also un­like your av­er­age, with ex­posed brick and an ar­ray of glass above that lets nat­u­ral light flood the kitchen.

Con­tinue on through the kitchen and en­ter the ul­ti­mate teenagers’ re­treat with a twist.

A vin­tage bus has been built around the space with walk-through ac­cess from one room.

En­ter the bus and down the other side into yet an­other room with its own bay win­dow that could be eas­ily trans­formed into a bed­room.

Climb the jar­rah stair­case and be awestruck by the ex­posed cathe­dral ceil­ings above.

Here you’ll find a seat­ing area that acts as a mez­za­nine over­look­ing the kitchen.

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