Bay beauty

Stylish home makes most of Chan­nel view

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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.

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