Living the home design dream
LIVING in an award- winning home is just the icing on the cake for the Cordwell family and their functional, attractive and affordable home in the Huon Valley.
The four- bedroom Ranelagh residence recently took out the award for custom build to $ 350,000 in the HIA Tasmanian Housing and Kitchen and Bathroom Awards.
Moving from Kingston into the new house in March this year, Todd and Angela were returning to familiar territory, with much of both sides of the family still living in the area.
“We actually used to live right across the road and this land was all apple orchards then,” Angela said.
“We just wanted to come back down to the valley with the kids so they’d have room to ride around on their mini bikes and can be closer to the extended family.”
The sleek, elegant home utilises space and light in all aspects of its design and, while highly functional, it is also a relaxed and attractive space.
Constructed by Kingston- based company PA Dance Builders, Todd said the pair had a clear vision for the house the whole way through the process and were already thinking of ideas for the next one.
“We wanted something open- plan in the middle and ... for the kids to have their own space at one end of the house and room for ours at the other,” he said.
“That’s what we were missing in our last home. We built this house to a budget but also built to what would be appealing to a potential future buyer.
“I think in our next house we’ll look more into greater energy efficiency – there are some real benefits there that I didn’t realise at the time.”
One of the challenges of the build was figuring out how to place a down pipe outside the front entry without destroying the facade.
The simple but effective solution was to use a link chain going down into the drain.
“It’s a real talking point with everyone who comes here,” Todd said.
“Rather than having a plastic downpipe, the chain gets the catchment off the landing and the rain trickles down the chain with a light above it.”
PA Dance Builders also won the renovated bathroom section of the HIA awards and co- owner Cherie Dance also picked up the business partner of the year award. “It was very rewarding winning the awards and it is one way of getting our name out there and showing what we can achieve,” she said.
“This was our first time we entered five. We were finalists in all and finished up winning three awards.
“It’s good to be recognised for all the hard work we do as a team.”