Art & soul

Genevieve de Cou­vreur’s cottage ren­o­va­tion

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Howard

SIT­TING on the land which was once the veg­etable gar­den for the orig­i­nal Ho­bart Town set­tle­ment, this Sala­manca cottage has been trans­formed into a mod­ern, chang­ing can­vas for its cre­ative own­ers.

Genevieve de Cou­vreur and Stephen Tredin­nick have spent the past year ren­o­vat­ing the her­itage- listed 1894 twobed­room prop­erty.

‘‘ We’re a good team, we en­joy cre­at­ing spa­ces,’’ de Cou­vreur said.

‘‘ We’re both strong peo­ple and we lock horns quite a lot but we get a bet­ter re­sult in the end be­cause of it. I’m a visual artist and for me this house was like a great big blank can­vas.’’

Hav­ing come from Sydney and liv­ing in small ter­race houses, de Cou­vreur says the cottage in her adopted city is truly pala­tial by com­par­i­son.

Tak­ing a mod­ernist ap­proach to the in­te­rior de­sign, lux­u­ri­ous ma­te­ri­als have been used to fit out the home in­clud­ing beau­ti­ful Ital­ian mar­ble which can be found in the kitchen’s is­land bench and the bath­room van­i­ties.

Sand­stone sourced from Prospect has been used for the gar­den walls and pro­vides a great jux­ta­po­si­tion to the orig­i­nal sand­stone fa­cade which has been re­tained.

De­signer Greg Eade and builder Nick Lette

helped make the vi­sion the cou­ple had for the home a re­al­ity.

‘‘ Some of it evolved as we went along and some things were re­ally clear from the be­gin­ning,’’ de Cou­vreur said.

‘‘ We were re­ally lucky, we had re­ally great trades­peo­ple and I have not had one bad ex­pe­ri­ence with the build. The hard­est thing was choos­ing the han­dles in the kitchen!’’

The two bed­rooms are sit­u­ated up­stairs and fea­ture the orig­i­nal fire­places while one bed­room has an op­u­lent en­suite bath­room with free­stand­ing tub.

The stand­out fea­ture of the home is the rear out­door room down­stairs which seam­lessly blends in­door and out­door through the use of slid­ing glass doors and screens.

The aero­dy­namic shape of the roof gives the il­lu­sion this area is slightly el­e­vated and the views across the Der­went River are an added sur­prise.

Also on this level is the gourmet kitchen, main bath­room with ex­posed brick and sand­stone walls, and a mys­te­ri­ous room lit­er­ally carved out of the stone.

‘‘ They had to ex­ca­vate the earth in here which was all the way up to my head and it re­vealed these beau­ti­ful sand­stone walls,’’ de Cou­vreur said.

‘‘ I would like to make it into a den where you can go lis­ten to mu­sic, read a book or en­joy a glass of wine. It would be a kind of se­cret place.’’

The cou­ple live in Launce­s­ton where they are ren­o­vat­ing an­other home. They have an un­fin­ished prop­erty in Treval­lyn and also own Art­house at Bi­na­long Bay which they let out.

They plan also to let out their Sala­manca pad in the fu­ture.

‘‘ This area is like a lit­tle community,’’ de Cou­vreur said. ‘‘ We all get along re­ally well.’’

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