Work done be­fore the build

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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.

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