Cou­ple happy to have un­fin­ished busi­ness

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - HOME - Jes­sica Howard Any­one in­ter­ested in putting their own amaz­ing home up for con­sid­er­a­tion for house of the week can email jes­sica. howard@ news. com. au

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.”

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