Ease in the trees

Tran­quil­lity, views–it’ s bush land bliss

The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - LIFE - Queens­land Hin­ter­land Close, Tin­beer­wah


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.

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