Stylish home makes most of Channel view
DESPITE the downturn in activity in the Tasmanian building industry, it is encouraging to see some world- class work is still being done.
With a philosophy revolving around affordable sustainability, the Reynolds Design and Construction team – along with much input from clients Deidre and Ian – have created an efficient and stylish masterpiece in the Channel region.
Designed to be user- friendly and impact lightly on the land, the seemingly simple brick veneer and timber home has been built to adapt as Deidre and Ian’s needs change.
The couple moved to Tasmania from the Blue Mountains to be closer to their daughter Nicole and drove all over the state to find a location for their next home after 33 years in their last.
“We came off acreage and really wanted that same peace and quiet,” Deidre said.
“We kept coming back to this particular corner of the state because it was green and lovely.
“We’re not big movers and that’s why when we were deciding where to live we had to really take our time with it because we knew we’d stay here for a long time.
“We just wanted a house that was comfortable and easy to live in and planned it so it would be old- age friendly.”
Completed just two months ago, the home is set out on one level at the top of an elevated block to make the most of the stunning views across the Channel.
With this panorama on view from every room, it is best taken advantage of from the master bedroom.
“We chose our bed because it’s the right height so that when you wake up you look straight down on to the Channel,” Deidre said.
“When the sun is rising you get all those pink flushes over Bruny and it is just magic.
“We sit up in bed with our cups of tea and the sun will come and it will hit the yellow paddocks so it will glow gold and when the ferry goes over at 6.30 we know it’s time to get up.”
The finest timbers are on display across the residence, from the cedar windows made by Margate- based company Hansson’s Joinery to the Tasmanian oak flooring and the Baltic pine exterior cladding.
“You can build a very flashy house, but you might end up spending many years and lots of money trying to keep it looking like that,” builder Rowan Reynolds said.
“This house, although I think it’s very stylish … will be easy to maintain.”
Solar hot water, LED lights and draughtproofing make for a highly efficient home which will also be of long- term benefi t.
The kitchen and dining area form the social hub of the home and the clever design incorporates a scullery and laundry tucked away on either side.
The scullery was designed specifi cally with keen home cook Deidre in mind – an extra deep sink has been installed for her to wash fruit for home- made jams and preserves.
A guest wing comprises a spacious bedroom/ living area, bathroom and has its own external access and deck.
This area has been included in the home should Ian or Deidre need a carer to stay overnight as they get older; part of their overall plan to allow them to stay in the house well into old age.
Both the ensuite and main bathroom contain wheelchair- friendly showers.
Having seen both their mothers move into aged- care facilities, neither wanted the same to happen to them.
“We’ve tried to think of everything we might need to stay here for as long as possible and we might not ever need it but it’s there if we do,” Deidre said.