Couple happy to have unfinished business
WITH properties in Salamanca, Trevallyn and the Bay of Fires, artist Genevieve de Couvreur and GP Stephen Tredennick are spoiled for choice when it comes to beautiful, interesting living spaces with spectacular views.
Even before the pair met about 10 years ago, it seems their sense of style and creativity were fated to come together in the form of a home.
“Before we met, the person who introduced us said, ‘ When I walk into both your houses, it’s like walking into the same house’,” Genevieve said. “We do make a great creative team.” In fact, the fi rst time the couple met, Stephen was on his knees working away on the Trevallyn house which he had already owned and been renovating for a decade before Genevieve came along.
We’re great collectors of unusual things that interest us and we furnish our houses with these things, books and music
“He was adding on the verandah and renovating, as we still are,” she said.
“It’s kind of like a work in progress, and a very slow one at that.
“So there’s a lot of time to think about the space and how we want it to be. Stephen does a lot of the work himself.
“He works anti- social hours on weekends and public holidays in his medical practice and then has fi ve days off in order to write his book and have these building projects.”
The couple’s other two properties – Arthouse Salamanca and Arthouse Bay of Fires – are currently used as accommodation and so the couple spend much of their time at the work in progress that is their fi ve- bedroom Trevallyn home.
“There’s a connection between them all at the same time as being individual and unique,” Genevieve said. “I think we have a very eclectic way of treating things.
“We’re great collectors of unusual things that interest us and we furnish our houses with these things, books and music.”
One of the showpieces of the renovations so far is the new bathroom in the upstairs verandah space, which features a bathtub in the glassed- in section that looks out at the Tamar River.
However, the couple’s favourite aspect of the property, which is a somewhat unexpected one, isn’t one individual space but rather the
overall home. That is, they like the fact that it’s unfinished, they enjoy living in a work in progress.
“It’s not perfect and not finished,” Genevieve said.
“Neither of us are bothered by that because we see more room for creativity.
“It’s an ongoing opportunity for doing more things which we like doing. A lot of people think we’re mad because of that!”
Artworks of various kinds can be found throughout the home, including some of Genevieve’s own work.
Currently configured with three bedrooms, Genevieve and Stephen have a study each and the impressive, almost commercial- sized kitchen was started by a chef who owned the home before Stephen.
The couple have also added an outdoor shower which has river views and, come rain, hail or shine, that’s where you will find Stephen each morning.
“There would have to be thunder and lightning for him not to be there,” Genevieve said.
While it is the most unfinished of all their properties, it is the most homelike.
“It’s a house where you don’t have to feel worried about wrecking anything because it’s not perfect,” she said.
“So you could have a tribe of children and animals run through it and you’re not worried about what’s going to happen.”