Art & soul
Genevieve de Couvreur’s cottage renovation
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.’’