The cream of the crop
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.