When tree’s not a crowd
A gum tree was a creative influence for a Stonyfell home. Tom Dougherty reports.
THE inability to remove a gum tree in the middle of a block at Stonyfell forced vendor Andrew Black to think creatively and build around it, creating a courtyard in the middle of his home.
‘‘We had trouble knocking down the gum tree from the Burnside Council so we designed it to have half the house at the front and half at the back,’’ he says. ‘‘But it worked out really well for us in the end because it gives us good shade in the summer for that courtyard.’’
At the front of the home is a double garage and an office/sitting room with sliding glass doors out to the side of the home. The rest of the house is at the back of the block and it is connected to the front via a glassfronted gallery/library that runs down one side of the block.
‘‘The concept of the passageway, which turned into a bit of a library/ work area, was thought about because of the tree problem but it worked out well for us in the end,’’ Mr Black says.
The master bedroom is located at the back, and it has a walk-in robe and an ensuite with a double vanity and a shower.
‘‘The separation of the master bedroom from the living area was one of the design features we wanted to include,’’ he says.
Two of the other three bedrooms have built-in robes and are serviced by a bathroom with a full-sized bath and a shower. In the middle of the house is a tiled open-plan kitchen, meals and family area.
The kitchen has an island bench with a breakfast bar, a pantry, CaesarStone benches and an induction cooktop.
‘‘My wife is very keen on cooking and always had the problem of not having enough cupboards in the kitchen, so we went a bit overboard on this one,’’ he says.
Windows in the living area look out to a deck and courtyard with the gum tree in the centre. It also features a wood oven.
‘‘Being in Stonyfell we get a few gully winds so the courtyard is wellprotected but you still get the full sun in the winter,’’ he says.