When tree’s not a crowd

A gum tree was a creative in­flu­ence for a Stonyfell home. Tom Dougherty re­ports.

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Victoria St, Queenstown -

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.

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