Ease in the trees
Tranquillity, views–it’ s bush land bliss
The beauty of Kate Anderson and Adam Hodgkinson’s home is its simplicity. Like an elegant handcrafted box, it nestles into a steep block in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, sympathetic to its setting and the needs of its young treechange family.
The couple, who decided to move from Sydney’s northern beaches to Queensland to be closer to family, found the 0.87ha Tinbeerwah block in 2015 after numerous searches of the area. “We looked for a block of land but couldn’t find the right spot,” Anderson says. “This one came onto the market just as we were leaving for the airport one day, so we took a detour… We walked up, saw the views and knew we’d found it. It’s a steep block but that’s what you need to get the views in the hinterland.”
The tranquillity and extraordinary vistas had the couple hooked. They bought the block the next day, engaging Noosa Heads architect David Teeland and his interior designer wife Sook Kim to create the ultimate bush family home.
“We wanted something modern and edgy [but] something that would feel like it could disappear into the bush,” Anderson says. “It’s not an easy task but David gently put the house here so that it sits among the
trees, maximises the views and captures the breeze.”
Described by the architect as an “operable glass pavilion wrapped in sliding hardwood screens”, the four-bedroom house, completed in early 2017, is invisible from the street, tucked behind a curving rampart driveway. Only one room deep and with a steep drop on one side, its floorplan is configured so that the kitchen, living, dining and children’s bedrooms touch the earth, opening onto garden spaces to make it easy for the three girls to venture outside.
Spotted gum sliding screens allow for views of bushland or coastline from every room, and the hard-wearing concrete floors and dark-toned kitchen with granite benchtop and study nook provide a cooling effect, offset by plenty of sunshine and lush greenery. Large hand-blown glass pendant lights reflect the craftsmanship employed throughout, including in the custom cabinetry.
Extras include a separate studio with its own entrance, fifth bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living area. There’s also a mineral swimming pool, solar power and rainwater tanks. Waste water from the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry is recycled on site and used for irrigation and bush regeneration.
With Tewantin National Park and Mount Tinbeerwah at their doorstep and the beaches, boutiques, cafes and restaurants of Noosa just a 15-minute drive away, the family feels deprived of nothing. “We love being so close to nature and the community is really beautiful,” says Anderson.
The design team and builders “exceeded our expectations in every way,” she adds. “I dreamt what [the house] could be like but I think its sheer elegance and simplicity, with the joinery and lines beautifully fitted together, makes it feel so lovely. They delivered in spades.”
The couple now has plans to do it all again; maybe build a farmhouse. “We’d like to do a big rustic barn type of thing,” says Anderson. “We want to get the band back together.”
Tinbeerwah is a semi-rural suburb in Noosa Shire, about 14km west of Noosa Heads. Its median house value was $831,745 in the 12 months to April compared with $1,011,338 in Noosa Heads.