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.

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