Work done before the build
CRAIG Ferguson and Annie Archer built their home in Margate in just six months. Craig works in the industrial electrical trade and has seen fi rst- hand how easily a project’s budget can grow when unplanned decisions have to be made.
Keen to avoid that sort of issue, Craig and his partner took their time to get all of their ducks in a row – everything from the initial drawings to the door handles were locked in before the excavation started.
“We got it down to about 1.5 per cent of the project that needed a decision to be made as we went along,’’ he said.
“It’s the best advice I could give to people when they are looking to build: plan out all of your details ahead of the build.’’
Annie and Craig bought their 2ha property in 2004 but moved interstate to pursue work opportunities six months later.
This allowed them plenty of time to decide exactly what they wanted for their home.
Craig said they studied house design, modern materials and construction styles.
A friend recommended James Morrison at Morrison & Breytenbach Architects and the home was built by Maveric Builders.
“Both fi rms were fantastic,’’ Craig said. “We had a lot of time to develop a relationship with them and feel comfortable with their ideas.
“Originally, we thought the best view was to the south- east. But the architects recognised that east and north- east to the ridge line of the Tasman Peninsula would be best for our home.
“The architects also gave our living room a sense of space with a wall that curves instead of juts out straight from the entrance and a living room roof that tilts upwards towards the views.’’
Craig said it was project manager Wade Vander Loon who enabled the house to be built in only six months.
“Wade runs a tight ship and has a good eye for top- quality work,” he said.
Craig also worked hand in hand with Vander Loon to comple the home’s electrical work, saying the home’s energy rating had been an important consideration.
They have created a house that soaks in natural warmth, employs passive- solar design and has achieved a high energy rating of 6.8.
But the home is also extremely liveable, with comfortable nooks in which to relax, double large sliding doors to close off the TV room from the open- plan kitchen, and a big fi replace to warm the living room while taking in the rural views through fl oor- to- ceiling windows.
“We only moved in at about Christmas time, I think we are still getting a feel for the house. We are starting to work on the landscaping,’’ Craig said.
“Looking back, it was a pretty intense six months for us, but a good kind of intense.’’
The winner of the Tasmanian Architecture Awards People’s Choice category was the Woodbridge Community Sports Facility by AKA Architects.