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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - HOME - Jessica Howard

JUST a few weeks ago, one of Tas­ma­nia’s most dec­o­rated house de­signer and builder teams pulled off a feat never be­fore achieved by any other de­signer, ar­chi­tect or builder in the state.

A David and Go­liath bat­tle be­tween multi- mil­lion dol­lar in­tes­tate properties and a Mt Rum­ney home with a rel­a­tively more hum­ble bud­get of $ 670,000 saw the lat­ter take home the HIA- CSR Aus­tralian Home of the Year.

De­signed by Mike Cleaver of Clever De­signs and the crew at Cave Con­struc­tions led by An­drew Scott, Rum­ney Rest was com­pleted 18 months ago for Robert and Anne, a Syd­ney cou­ple look­ing to es­cape the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city for re­laxed re­tire­ment in Tassie.

“They wanted a pav­il­ion- style home with two bed­rooms which max­imised the views from all the rooms,” Mike ex­plained.

“Sus­tain­abil­ity ele­ments were also at the core.”

Set on a heav­ily treed 5.2ha block, 320m above sea level, the site pro­vided a chal­leng­ing con­text for the two- bed­room res­i­dence.

A grand en­trance fea­tur­ing a per­fo­rated, stain­less steel bridge and cas­cad­ing wa­ter fea­ture sets the con­tem­po­rary and cut­ting edge scene.

“When­ever I drive up there it’s like ap­proach­ing a chauf­feur en­try rem­i­nis­cent of a bou­tique re­sort,” Mike said. “I half ex­pect a concierge to come and park my car and a porter take my lug­gage away.”

En­ter­ing the home, it at fi rst ap­pears de­cep­tively sim­ple; the de­sign not fully re­alised due to the sub­tle ex­pres­sion of the curved ceil­ing and walls.

Sub­tle de­sign ele­ments such as the con­vex ceil­ing that works in tan­dem with the nat­u­ral knoll of the land leads your gaze to the fan­tas­tic wa­ter views over Mid­way Point.

There are mul­ti­ple decks from which to en­joy the vista and all have their own char­ac­ter­is­tics in­clud­ing one with a pri­vate zen gar­den.

Ex­em­pli­fy­ing the pas­sive so­lar prin­ci­ples Clever De­sign homes have come to be known for, Rum­ney Rest show­cases both the prac­ti­cal and aes­thetic func­tion of dou­ble- glazed glass.

The north- fac­ing glazed frontage in con­junc­tion with ther­mal mass, wa­ter tanks, an evac­u­ated tube so­lar hot wa­ter sys­tem, LED light­ing and more, means that the house only needs around an hour of sun a day to keep it cosy well into the night. The home can be zoned off for effi ciency via frame­less, glazed pocket doors which dis­ap­pear into the ma­sonry blade walls.

A pair of wedge- tailed ea­gles also call the block home and the landscaper con­structed a con­tem­po­rary, sym­bolic ea­gles’ nest on the east side of the prop­erty .

Go­ing into the HIA awards in Bris­bane, Mike said he was not confi dent.

“We won in Tas­ma­nia last year and then went up against all the fi nal­ists from the other states,” he said.

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