It’s a man’s world

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - HOME - Jes­sica Howard Email howardjr@ the­mer­cury. com. au Pic­tures: LUKE BOW­DEN

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.’’

UL­TI­MATE PAD:

The liv­ing area; ( in­set, clock­wise from top) the man­cave, ex­te­rior, Josh Bean in his study and cricket books.

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