Local builders turn back time in Acton.
TIM and Gaylene Fletcher had a bold vision for their dream home – one that required time, effort and meticulous attention to be paid to every detail.
It is the sort of idea that sounds simple enough. They wanted to build a new home but in the style of homes from a bygone era.
That meant choosing the right builder who could rise to the challenge.
For the Fletchers and the team from Hobart building firm Ronald Young & Co, the excellent results speak for themselves.
Gaylene said they could not be more thrilled with their home.
“It is a lovely house to live in, we are so happy with it,” she said.
In keeping with the Colonial architectural styles that the couple love, their newly built home is peppered with features typically found in much older properties such as extra high ceilings, decorative ceiling roses and picture rails. While the expansive, French patterned, marble tiles are an impossible-to-miss highlight. Tim said they even scored him a job offer.
“Paul Burnell [RY&C director], said I did a great job laying the two and a half ton of tiles and that he would happily hire me!” Tim said.
Alongside the period-style features like the chandelier in the entrance or the ornate carpentry and joinery, the couple have a few modern surprises tucked away like the sleek bathrooms that tie in perfectly with the living room’s colour palette or the theatre room.
RY&C design and sales manager James Collins described the Fletcher’s residence as a modern interpretation of a country, Federation inspired home.
“The home was to be spacious and elegant while being modern, efficient and comfortable,” he said.
“It boasts a loungeroom, reception, a spacious open-plan dining room and a kitchen with a butler’s pantry.
“We incorporated rosettes, flutes and crown moulding.
“Another great feature is the hand crafted front door.”
Tim said the custom-made door was his favourite feature in the home.For Gaylene, her pick was Tim’s tiles.
“The team at Ronald Young did a beautiful job of bringing our inspiration to life,” she said.
“Getting the details right was important and they delivered expertly.
“If one day we wanted to move and build again, we could happily build this exact house on a new block — we adore it.”