Liv­ing the home de­sign dream

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - HOME - Jes­sica Howard

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.”

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