Makeover magic for coach-house

A cou­ple’s vi­sion to cre­ate a home trans­formed a coach house, Ben Hyde finds.

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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.

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