Point of difference
When two styles combine
EVERY couple have their own style, taste and aesthetic – but when it comes to combining them in a home, it’s not always straightforward.
For Greg Kay, a fan of the modernistic style, and Trish Knight, a traditionalist, the solution was simple – have a wing each suited to their own taste.
A renovation of their 1890s Battery Point cottage satisfies Trish’s wishes, while the rear extension has Greg written all over it.
In fact, he specifi cally asked for “a fabulous concrete house”.
“Because I knew Greg quite well, I knew he always wanted a concrete house,” architect Maria Gigney said.
“It was kind of the fait accompli that it had to be such – it was just finding a way to get it approved.
“In the original version, the house wasn’t so staggered, it was a bit more streamlined, but we had to push and pull the design to get it through the planning scheme. It took about 12 months just to get it approved.”
The final version resulted in a passive solar waterside masterpiece, which even attracted the attention of TV show Grand Designs Australia, which followed the three- year process that finished in June.
The original cottage is now listed on the Stayz accommodation website but Trish still has her offi ce at the front of the three- bedroom home.
“It belonged to the Batt Family, who were an original Battery Point family,” Maria explained.
“The daughter of the original owner lived there until she died and her sister was next door too. She had a row boat and used to go out from the jetty below – even in her 90s she’d go out and catch fish.”
A small red brick house at the back of the block was torn down to make way for the spectacular extension, but the bricks were reused in the courtyard.
The three- storey addition incorporates super- insulated thermal mass, a timberframed curtain wall double- glazing system that insulates slab edges, and reverse- veneer celery- top pine wall cladding.
The reverse veneer has the solid thermal mass on the inside and insulation on the outside.
The celery- top pine was sourced from Geilston Bay, where it was also milled, and
The main reason was to try and make people understand that a large house doesn’t have to be a McMansion, that you can actually do it in a
really sustainable way
off- cuts were used for cladding, fascias and joinery to ensure minimal waste.
Other efficient and sustainable features include rainwater harvesting for the bottomfloor pool, low- emission finishes, water- saving devices, natural gas hydronic heating, natural cross ventilation and solar harvesting.
Floor- to- ceiling windows let in the amazing views across the River Derwent and Sandy Bay and perhaps the best place to enjoy the views is from Greg’s separate office space at the back.
The project has been nominated in the Tasmanian Architecture Awards in the alterations and additions category.
Maria said the decision to put the house up for consideration was about creating a greater awareness of sustainability in big homes.
“The main reason was to try and make people understand that a large house doesn’t have to be a McMansion, that you can actually do it in a really sustainable way,” she said.
“This house is large but it’s been compartmentalised into smaller areas so you can close parts off.”
Vote in the People’s Choice prize in this year’s Tasmanian Architecture Awards to be in the draw to win a Zip boil, chilled and sparkling HydroTap unit worth $ 4345.
You can vote online for your favourite project. Vote at www. architecture. com. au/ tas.
The winner will be notified by phone on June 14.