Making a house a home
REWORKING an existing clinker block and mission brown 1970s house into a sleek and stylish contemporary home was a pleasure for Hobart architect Tim Penny.
Set in a beautiful location overlooking Blackmans Bay beach, the property was in need of a rethink.
Tim said the new design recognised the best qualities of the site, its open aspect and relationship to the beach.
His design pulled the kitchen out of a dark, tiny spot and relocated it into the expansive, primary living space.
The owners’ impeccable taste adds to the calm, contemplative kitchen and lounge room area with high- quality tiles and an overhead sassafras feature working in harmony with the kitchen’s clean lines and integrated appliances.
This room’s windows were pushed out to create a spot to sit in the sun and allow the use of large panes of glass.
“The original home had no relationship with its outside spaces, but now the home ‘ talks to the views’ and has entertaining spaces to blend the outside and interior of the home,’’ Tim said.
“One of the best things about the lounge and kitchen is the light which is always changing throughout the day and evening.’’
Throughout the home the water views have been framed, from the third- fl oor lounge down the stairs and to the entrance. Of course, the views are highlighted in the sumptuous master bedroom but they might be eclipsed by the plush ensuite with the sort of attractive, unique, high- end sinks that you need to build a whole room around.
Remnants of the original home have been retained and integrated into the new design.
In places there are original timber window frames, now upgraded with double- glazed windows.
There are also original slit windows and the red bricks at the home’s rear, the polar opposite of the render and large windows found at the front side of the living space.
“There is a memory of the house it used to be,’’ Tim said.
“However, it doesn’t feel like a home with a dual personality, it’s cohesive.’’
The owners have also updated the backyard from little more than an empty space and a retaining wall to an all- day sunny garden with terracing that allows the space to be used despite the steep slope.
The highlight is a bronze statue that, naturally, is framed perfectly when sitting on one of the couches in the loungeroom.
From a dated, dark house into a functional, beautiful home, this Blackmans Bay property is now a well- considered, restrained showstopper.
“It is a house reworked,’’ Tim said.