Sue Muir’s ar­chi­tect-de­signed home is de­fined by its sheened-grey tim­ber cladding of re­cy­cled Tas­ma­nian oak fence pal­ings.


One of the most strik­ing fea­tures of Sue Muir’s ar­chi­tect-de­signed home is its sheened-grey tim­ber cladding of re­cy­cled scrap Tas­ma­nian oak fence pal­ings.

Tiger House, named af­ter the thy­lacine, is nes­tled in the block. Its weath­ered-style ver­ti­cal boards look like they’ve been there years. “It’s got that Tas­ma­nian look,” she says. “It looks like a shack and it sits low into the block like it’s perched just on the right spot. Peo­ple who walk past tell me they like the look of it, which is nice.”

Sue pays trib­ute to the clev­er­ness of her ar­chi­tects Mor­ri­son & Breyten­bach and builder In2Con­struc­tion. “I wouldn’t have known where to start,” she says. “They’ve all given so much thought to the house to make sure it works well for me.”

A mini Tas­ma­nian rain­for­est with a cas­cade of tree ferns and a Huon pine tree marks the en­try to the house. The Tas­ma­nian feel flows in­doors with golden Tas­ma­nian oak floor­ing fin­ished with a warm wax, ve­neer ceil­ings and join­ery. Sue says sus­tain­abil­ity was a pri­or­ity so it is well-in­su­lated and en­ergy-ef­fi­cient.

Sun­light floods the main rooms. On a sunny win­ter’s day it doesn’t mat­ter how cold it is out, it’s warm enough in her home she doesn’t turn on the hy­dronic heat­ing sys­tem. “It’s a very well lit home and cap­tures the morn­ing sun beau­ti­fully,” Sue says.

Mor­ri­son & Breyten­bach made all the light­ing choices, in­clud­ing the clever use of LED light­ing, which gives a soft, gen­tle light.

Sue loves to read but rather than de­vote a room to books, she’s got a wall of them and two read­ing nooks. One has a view over Lind­is­farne Bay and out to Mt Welling­ton.

She adores her med­i­ta­tion and ex­er­cise room built in the shape of a quad­rant that sits off her bed­room. The two straight lines in the room are full win­dows that al­low the jas­mine she loves, to waft in as well as a gen­tle breeze.

The kitchen opens on the lounge and din­ing areas and Sue says she made a choice not to have any for­mal areas in her house.

Her daugh­ter and son-in-law and their baby live just down the road and visit of­ten. “I just wanted that to be a nice, in­for­mal fam­ily space — it’s ev­ery­thing we need in one big room.”

You can view Tiger House at 3 Be­go­nia St, Lind­is­farne as part of Open House Ho­bart on Sun­day, No­vem­ber 11, from 1pm-4pm.

For in­for­ma­tion go to open­house­ho­ oh-build­ing/the-tiger-house/

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