It’s a man’s world
AFTER nine years of chipping away at his 1926 New Town home, painter and decorator Josh Bean applied the last coat of paint on his ultimate bachelor pad two weeks ago.
Bought in 2003 as his first home for just $ 126,000, 34- year- old Josh set about restoring the dilapidated house as time and money allowed.
‘‘ I knew I wanted a period house in a good area with great street appeal and I think this was probably one of the last great bargains out there,’’ he said.
‘‘ I was lucky because real estate prices went through the roof just a few months after I bought it.’’
The former Tasmanian Tigers cricket player found the two- bedroom home in a neglected state and has done the vast majority of work himself, starting with restoring and polishing the Tasmanian oak floors.
‘‘ The house was so badly deteriorated, it was either do it up or bulldoze it,’’ Josh said. ‘‘ I think a few of these houses along the street were relocated from Geeveston.
‘‘ They were brought down in four pieces and then put back together and when I bought it you could see where they’d cut down the middle of the architraves.
‘‘ I just love houses, decorating and design. I always have. This has just been an ongoing hobby and a bit of an outlet.’’
The major projects of the renovation involved removing the back porch, replacing rotten weatherboards, knocking down the wall between the kitchen and living area, replumbing and split- levelling the backyard.
The character home retains much of its original charm and features with a few unique twists and talking points.
The modern bathroom contains a luxurious free- standing bath, walk- in
shower and even a television above the bath but no door. Located at the end of the hallway, Josh says the lack of a door on the bathroom usually isn’t a problem but he shuts the adjacent kitchen door when visitors are bathing.
The ceiling of the study is covered in galvanised iron and the lampshade is a hub cap from the 1963 Holden Monaro his father had shipped from Melbourne.
‘‘ I’ve tried to not go overboard with things; I wanted it to be eye- catching but not intrusive or completely out- there,’’ Josh said.
‘‘ It’s more about the one per centers, the talking points, that’s what I’m all about. There have been so many people live here over the years, cricketers and all sorts so it’s been a bit of a halfway house for guys.’’
Admitting that he didn’t want the house to be ‘‘ too blokey’’, Josh was particularly careful when converting the garage into a bar room.
The room features a large TV screen for watching footy and cricket while enjoying a beer or two at the bar.
The finished product is a modern man- cave and a perfect space for entertaining mates.
‘‘ I look back sometimes and think I should have done it all in one hit but it was more fun this way,’’ Josh said.
‘‘ I’ll probably stay here and enjoy it for a couple of years but eventually I’d like to buy some land just out of the city somewhere and build a new house.’’
The living area; ( inset, clockwise from top) the mancave, exterior, Josh Bean in his study and cricket books.