Huon’s cry

A mod­ern home built for a tree- change

The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - LIFE -

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

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