Home is where the art is

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Howard

PERCHED part­way atop a hill over­look­ing the town­ship of Burnie, this her­itage and na­tional trustlisted home rep­re­sents the epit­ome of a Fed­er­a­tion Queen Anne res­i­dence.

But it is also a fam­ily home full of life, light and laugh­ter.

Artist Patrick Grieve and high school prin­ci­pal Judy Fa­hey have called the 1907- built Lenna home for the past decade.

“We had a lit­tle Fed­er­a­tion house on the other side of Burnie and we ba­si­cally out­grew it,” Patrick ex­plained.

“It was on the mar­ket and one of the lo­cal real es­tate agents knew about the house [ Lenna] and it was be­ing rented at the time so he made a few in­quiries with the owner.

“We made them an of­fer and that was it, we’ve been here ever since.

“It was in good con­di­tion – it was rel­a­tively well re­stored.

“We’ve done some fairly ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions our­selves, mostly bath­room and kitchen work.”

The four- bed­room house has had many own­ers in its his­tory, in­clud­ing for­mer Tas­ma­nian politi­cian Roger Groom and his wife Gay, who con­ducted a lot of back­ground re­search into the home.

When it wasn’t been used as a grand fam­ily home, the res­i­dence was di­vided up into three fl ats which saw the more or­nate sec­tion of the home boarded up.

“Our un­der­stand­ing from the Grooms is that the more for­mal parts of the house, in­clud­ing the orig­i­nal din­ing room, hall­way en­trance and par­lour, were boarded up – nailed shut with big sheets of card­board and left un­used from 19611975,” Patrick said.

“I think in that pe­riod of time hous­ing was short, Burnie was grow­ing and they de­cided to di­vide it up to get more use out of it.”

The heart of the home is the ren­o­vated kitchen area which leads out onto the ve­ran­dah.

Pain­ter Patrick uses the for­mer sta­bles as his stu­dio.

De­spite his eye for colour and de­sign, it was Judy who took the reins when it came to mod­ernising the in­te­rior colour schemes.

The huge hall­way re­quired scaf­fold­ing and in­dus­trial amounts of paint when the pair touched it up.

Fea­tures such as the 13- foot high ceil­ings, or­nate arch­ways and tim­ber fret­work cre­ate a grandiose feel but at its heart, this is a home for fam­i­lies.

This is ev­i­dent from the slide leading off the front ve­ran­dah and the ham­mocks swing­ing along­side them.

“It was built to have chil­dren in it and it feels very warm and wel­com­ing,” Patrick said.

“It over­looks the town­ship of Burnie and it’s just a lovely view.

“We see the sun come up and the wa­ters of Bass Strait, the move­ment and sound of the town. – We liked older- style homes and that’s re­ally its charm.”

The home is made all the more spe­cial due to it be­ing one of the few re­main­ing older homes still found on the port- side of town.

“The town­ship lit­er­ally had the high­way cut through the mid­dle of it and a lot of homes in the area were knocked down to make way for it,” Patrick ex­plained of

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