Hands-on clients have created a spacious home which is well suited to a growing family lifestyle,
Hands-on clients create an ideal family home
Nestled into the surrounding landscape, the Huon Barn House is a robust family home that did not bust the budget to build.
From the uncomplicated design to an owner who was ready and able to get stuck into parts of the construction himself, this project came together in a way that stuck to its modest budget perfectly.
The home’s designer and MG Architecture. Interiors director, Kate Symons, said an integral part of her clients’ Jay and Marni’s brief was a stock of recycled bricks that Jay had sourced.
He wanted to integrate them into the design, she said.
“I designed the living room around the brick wall, which houses the fireplace and also separates the main house from the granny flat,” she said.
“The door to the flat is concealed and appears just as a panelled wall of timber.
“Jay is an experienced carpenter and joiner but this was the first time he has
We weren’t trying to make an out-there, architectural statement but rather an honest, humble home for a family lifestyle
had the opportunity to work on his own home. With the help of his father, they did all the bricklaying themselves.
“He worked closely on the project with builder Mark Nichols.”
Kate said the Huon Barn House, located in Lucaston, was created using simple forms and rustic materials with an “emphasis on buildability”.
This approach enabled a cost effective build and a design that referenced the classic rural architecture of the Huon region.
The home is open, spacious, uncluttered and well suited to a growing family lifestyle.
“Jay and Marni grew up in the Huon,” Kate said.
“Their brief for their family home was specific, they wanted a home that would suit them, their young children, and
have a separate granny flat too for Marni’s mum to live in eventually.
“A connection to the landscape was hugely important.
“They have lovely views that look down to a valley. But the view is to the south, which informed how the spaces were arranged.”
A concrete slab throughout the home acts as a heat sink, especially in the sunny living area which performs well throughout the day to passively warm the home.
According to Kate, Jay’s joinery was among the home’s best features.
“The details in the joinery are simply superb,” she said. “He took a lot of time and care to make sure everything was perfect. The home took more than two years to build but the effort was well rewarded.”
Kate said it was fantastic to hear that her clients love their Huon home.
“It surpassed their expectations,” she said. “It is one thing to see it ‘on paper’ and another to actually live in the spaces and have the chance to see first-hand how well it connects to the landscape.”
Kate said seeing the clients so happy with the result was the biggest success of the project.
“We weren’t trying to make an out- there, architectural statement but rather an honest, humble home for a family lifestyle,” she said.
“Our client-architect relationship was fantastic; they were just great to work with.”