Makeover magic for coach-house
A couple’s vision to create a home transformed a coach house, Ben Hyde finds.
THE forefathers of Mintaro would still recognise the town’s original 1856 coach house from the exterior. The interior, however, would be a different story, thanks to a vision from Mark and Julie Moss.
The horses, the cart and farm equipment have been replaced with an open-plan living space that captures the 19th century character.
‘‘We bought the property eight and a half years ago and it was a part of the (neighbouring) Devonshire House bed and breakfast,’’ Mrs Moss says.
‘‘When we bought it, it was all derelict. It had farming equipment in there and feral animals.’’
Despite many people saying they were crazy, the Mosses forged ahead with the aim of creating a liveable home.
‘‘Mark had the vision and persevered with it,’’ Mrs Moss says.
‘‘We were very lucky in that all the tradesman that worked on it fell in love with it and all the work has been done by people who took great pride in it. ‘‘We’ve now lived in it for three years.’’ The Mosses had the coach house, which is nestled in the centre of historic Mintaro on more than an acre of land in the Clare Valley, restored from the floor up, including the stone masonry.
The property now features a mix of solid jarrah floorboards, rendered stone walls, cedar doors, 5m-high ceilings, original beams and a wall of glass at one end that can remain open to let the outside in, or can be concealed behind the original coach house doors.
‘‘We kept it all as original as we could to make it heritage approved and we were happy to do that. It was Mark’s idea to put the barn doors on and it was so that the outside comes in,’’ Mrs Moss says.
‘‘We don’t have curtains, they just slide open. If it’s a hot day, we just leave them closed.’’
The interior now boasts a modern, open-plan design with dining, lounge and a galley-style kitchen.
The bedroom is towards the back of the home and leads to the tiled bathroom.
Mrs Moss says the property has afforded them a very desirable lifestyle.
‘‘If you sit there on a summer’s night looking out the glass window, you can see up the hills with the kangaroos going by,’’ she says.
‘‘Everyone that comes in just goes ‘whoa’. It just has a beautiful feel to it.
‘‘We drink the local wine, eat our vegies and have a good life.
‘‘I would say it’s most suited to people who want to live the good life, retirees, people looking for a weekender, or even an artist.’’
Raine & Horne Victor Harbour, ph 8552 3744, Faye Anderson & Joanne Pollock 0408 812 550/0407 524 401. Features: Four-bedroom home with formal lounge, double garage and openplan kitchen, dining and family room. 1/43 Beare St, Clare Agent: LJ Hooker Copper Coast, ph 8825 2007, Bill Klaebe ph 8825 2007. Open: By appointment. Features: Low-maintainance property in the heart of Clare. Perfect for those looking to downsize, the two-bedroom unit features a kitchenette, open living and dinning, pergola and garage.