Lo­cal home: How one phone call helped change the shape of this stylish Pen­guin pad

It’s re­mark­able what a dif­fer­ence one phone call can make to a home’s fi­nal ap­pear­ance, writes JARRAD BEVAN

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - News -

It’s not un­com­mon for a home­owner to phone their ar­chi­tect with an idea to add to their de­sign.

For S. Group se­nior ar­chi­tect Josh Up­ston and a fam­ily home he de­signed on Tas­ma­nia’s North-West Coast, that phone call com­pletely trans­formed the house in ques­tion.

His clients’ sug­ges­tion be­came one of the prop­erty’s stand­out fea­tures.

Josh said they had planned to use some brick in the coastal home’s in­te­ri­ors, but when his clients told him they had sourced some re­cy­cled bricks it was time to re­think their plan a lit­tle.

“They had ac­tu­ally sourced heaps of early 1900s bricks from a list­ing on Gumtree,” he said.

“They got in con­tact, told me what they had found and then we worked through how it would fit the de­sign and the look of the home, which in the end turned into one of the home’s most strik­ing fea­tures.”

When Josh and his clients first sat down to­gether to talk over what they were hop­ing to achieve and the style of home that ap­pealed to them, Josh thought the home sounded “rel­a­tively reg­u­lar”.

“That early pitch sounded like it would be a nor­mal, rel­a­tively reg­u­lar fam­ily home, but as you can see in the pho­tos that idea evolved into some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent,’’ he said.

“Of­ten those early con­ver­sa­tions are a start­ing point, but then things de­velop and change over time.

“For this project, the big, crit­i­cal thing that hap­pened through­out the process was ad­ding those re­cy­cled bricks. It be­came a key fea­ture of the home and some­thing that re­ally makes it ‘pop’.”

As with any de­sign and build, chal­lenges are bound to arise along the way.

Of­ten early con­ver­sa­tions are a start­ing point, but then things de­velop and change over time

Josh said there was po­ten­tial for prob­lems with the re­cy­cled bricks, such as porous­ness and struc­tural in­tegrity, but when tested they came up trumps.

“Once you com­mit to us­ing a sec­ond­hand ma­te­rial you have to cal­cu­late if you have enough be­cause we re­ally couldn’t mix and match them with new bricks if we were short,’’ he said. “Once you com­mit to them there is no go­ing back.”

The 250sqm sun-drenched home at Pen­guin has four be­d­rooms, two liv­ing ar­eas, a big but­ler’s pantry in the kitchen and a dou­ble garage.

Its split-level de­sign brings vol­ume to the liv­ing spa­ces, de­lin­eat­ing be­tween the kitchen and din­ing area and the liv­ing area.

Josh said an­other stand­out fea­ture was the way the en­try “draws you to the view”.

“As you walk in the front door you can look past the kitchen and din­ing space and through to the wa­ter,” he said.

“The view of the ocean is pretty epic, and the tran­si­tion from the door to the liv­ing space is re­ally nice.”

Other high­lights that are far removed from the idea of “reg­u­lar” are the home’s bath­rooms.

Josh said S. Group’s in­te­rior de­sign team had done ex­em­plary work in the bath­rooms, from the con­crete basins to the round mir­rors, the tiles and tim­ber.

“It’s quite eclec­tic and beau­ti­ful, with a lovely mix of tex­tures,” he said.

“Sim­i­larly, the mix of ex­te­rior claddings — tim­ber, brick, ce­ment sheet­ing — work well to­gether.”

Most im­por­tantly, Josh’s clients are thrilled with their new home.

“They were stoked with the end re­sult,” he said.

“Clearly they are peo­ple with a good eye for de­sign, and they had great sug­ges­tions for what they wanted from their home.”

Re­cy­cled bricks fea­ture promi­nently in this ar­chi­tect-de­signed home at Pen­guin. The kitchen and bath­rooms are also stand­outs.

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