an awardwinning riverside haven in Tasmania that hugs its earthy surrounds
When a riverside plot came on the market, John and Judi Clark saw an opportunity to build their “forever home”.
As keen sailors, John and Judi Clark had spent many exhilarating hours scudding along the Huon River in Tasmania, Australia. When they found 40 hectares of land jutting into the channel at the mouth of the river up for sale, the couple knew it was the chance of a lifetime. “John could moor his boat on his own piece of land and it would be a magical retreat for the grandchildren,” says Judi.
The home’s design was the vision of their architect son, Andy Lehman. Built with natural materials, the house blends into the environment, with spaces flowing naturally from indoors to outside, and rooms awash with natural light. It has three pavilions – living, bedroom and library – and a garage, linked by glazed walkways, with courtyards designed to give protection from winds.
“The ceilings in the bedrooms were designed to be lower than the vaulted living pavilion, so we lined this space as an attic for our grandchildren,” says Judi. “We also included a secret door hidden in the library bookshelves – we hear breath drawn in as every child from three years to 83 years discovers the attic!”
The buildings that make up the home were clad in macrocarpa, with a frame of blackbutt. The floors are Tasmanian oak and red cedar was used for the windows and doors. “The timber gives the house a Nordic feel, similar to many we had seen in Norway,” says Judi, “and is in keeping with the style of the local old apple sheds.” Double glazing keeps the house warm in winter, while a wood-fired stove adds to the atmosphere of cosiness on the chilliest winter days.
Designed to blend with the views of water, sky and Tasmanian bush, the house has been decorated in soft blue and grey hues. The dreamy teal blues are continued in the paintings, mostly by friend and marine artist Ib Odfeldt.
“Beaupre Point house is a delight to live in,” says Judy. “Our visitors, like us, enjoy the wildlife – sea eagles, seals and dolphins, and by night, Tasmanian devils and other marsupials.”
Doors and windows were planned on all sides of the house, allowing for cool breezes to flow through during the summer months.