A modern home built for a tree- change
TASMANIA Heriots Rise, Franklin $2.2m
Where are you calling from?” Working from home in her private slice of the Huon Valley, major events manager Sue Payne would get a kick out of responding to the question by sharing a photo of her view.
Payne’s architect-designed home outside the historic township of Franklin, 50 minutes’ drive south of Hobart, looks across tree-fringed green pastures to the wide blue Huon River, the view stretching from the slopes of Mt Wellington and downstream to Port Huon.
The elevated 4ha block came up for sale just as London-based Payne was planning a move back to Australia in 2010. “I’ve lived and worked around the world a lot and I didn’t want big-city living anymore,” she says. “Being able to work from home meant I could be anywhere.”
Tasmania was an appealing proposition for its beauty, seasonal lifestyle and affordability, and an agent’s video of the outlook from Heriots Rise sealed the deal. Payne engaged Xavier Wakefield from Hobart architects DW+A to design her dream home, which was completed in 2014.
“I wanted something modern that made the most of the view,” she says. “And the land was quite important. I needed stables, and having a purpose-built gym and substantial kitchen were also high priorities.”
Three-bedroom “Amaroo” comprises a single-level main house built around a courtyard and lap pool, the living areas flanked by a master bedroom with balcony, walk-in robe and ensuite at one end; guest wing with two bedrooms, bathroom and balcony at the other.
Behind a handcrafted Tasmanian oak double front door, the openplan living/dining zone features American white oak floors, Tassie oak beams, stone feature columns, custom cabinetry and east-facing double-glazed picture windows that fill the house with natural light and warmth. At one end of the living zone is an Italian slate feature wall with Escea gas fire; at the other is a streamlined Modulnova kitchen imported from Milan with Keralite benchtops and Piasentina stone drawer fronts. A walk-in pantry and wine cellar are concealed behind the kitchen.
Double glazed bi-fold doors open from the living zone onto the large entertaining terrace – with outdoor kitchen and fireplace – that looks over the heated, horizonedged lap pool and spa towards the river. A second building, designed to reflect the modern lines of the main house, comprises a double garage and stables plus river-facing gym and office with deck.
Winner of the HIA Best Custom Home award in 2015, the property showcases not only world-class craftsmanship but also state-ofthe-art technology including LED lighting, C-Bus automation, security systems, heat pumps and an 8kW solar system.
Presented with the opportunity to work overseas again, Payne reluctantly opted to sell. “When you start talking about two years or more [abroad] there’s only one option, really,” she says.
But her Tasmanian chapter was everything she’d hoped for. “Tassie has a wonderful vibe nowadays… quite different to how I remember it from 10 years ago when I used to visit for work. It has a real vibrancy, a real positivity.”
Elevated: river views from the living room and lap pool