Dream shack:

Mark and Sharon Cloutier’s Cen­tral High­lands’ shack is the per­fect place to re­lax and un­wind as well as be­ing the ideal base from which to ex­plore the tran­quil area’s wild trout-filled lakes and streams, writes JAR­RAD BE­VAN

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - CONTENTS -

Own­ers are rapt with their High­lands’ get­away.

WHEN Mark and Sharon Cloutier built their “wee week­ender” in the Cen­tral High­lands it was a per­fect base for every­thing they needed – from fly fish­ing to a sim­ple life­style. Mark de­scribed it as par­adise. “It was a ‘less is more’ phi­los­o­phy,” he said.

“It also gave us the chance to pur­sue our pas­sions of fly fish­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy and writ­ing.

“Our High­land Wa­ters shack has be­come the base from which we ex­plore the High­lands’ trout filled lakes and streams.”

When dreams of a week­ender turned to the re­al­ity of how to make it hap­pen, the cou­ple chose a cost-ef­fec­tive mod­u­lar de­sign.

Mark said the build­ing process was easy with no de­lays for bad weather or wait­ing on the fluc­tu­at­ing sched­ules of dif­fer­ent trades­men.

“It was an in­cred­i­bly ef­fi­cient way to build,” he said.

“It’s also low im­pact and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.”

Mark said they had built sev­eral houses be­fore and wanted to try the mod­u­lar con­cept – and it was great.

“A tra­di­tional build would take twice as long as our mod­u­lar build,” he said.

“The mod­u­lar ap­proach was par­tic­u­larly help­ful when you are build­ing out­side of a metropoli­tan area as was the case for us.”

Mark and Sharon chose JAWSar­chi­tects to de­sign their dream shack.

They met with Scott Ver­douw, JAWS di­rec­tor, on site and walked the prop­erty to dis­cuss their needs.

Mark said they wanted a small build­ing that could eas­ily move from a sin­glebed­room house with an open-plan liv­ing area to a two-bed­room house.

“Scott’s idea to achieve this was the use of a slid­ing wall,” Mark said.

“There is also an en­suite for each bed­room. It was im­por­tant to us to have only a small im­pact on the site, to be en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious and to fit in with the High­land Wa­ters’ build­ing re­quire­ments.

“An­other im­por­tant fea­ture is our cof­fee ma­chine; very im­por­tant!”

Above all else Mark said “the light” was a stand­out fea­ture of their shack.

He said be­cause the mod­u­lar con­cept al­lowed them to have a smaller foot­print, they could po­si­tion them­selves right in the for­est.

“There is a cer­tain tran­quil­lity about that,” he said. “The light changes al­most hourly.”

Mark said the com­bi­na­tion of JAWS and their builder Mike Tiemens from Mako brought this pro­ject to life.

“JAWS were able to do a lot in a small space and suited what we were hop­ing to achieve ... and Mike, he was fan­tas­tic.”

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