Nestled in amongst established tall gums on just under an acre in a small rural community on the outskirts of a bustling regional city, Axedale was the perfect location for this family to recreate a colonial farm house of a bygone era. At first glance this home appears to have been there forever.
Uncomplicated in design, the home boasts a traditional style large entrance hall opening up onto a formal living space and master bedroom, serviced by an ensuite and walk in robe. From the entry you can see through a cleverly positioned window to the rear of the home and the paddocks beyond. In between is a massive space housing the main living area, meals and country size kitchen which opens up onto a skillion verandah. A separate wing comprises two additional bedrooms, bathroom, toilet and laundry.
A feature of the home both externally and internally are the recycled red bricks, providing the weathered look of yesteryear. Traditional features such as powder coated aluminium wide style, double hung windows with decorative horns will remain maintenance free, as opposed to the timber windows of the past; as will the galvanised iron roofing. Polished jarrah timber flooring throughout the majority of the home complements the solid jarrah bench tops used in the kitchen, bathroom and ensuite.
Having only one child this couple didn’t need multiple bedrooms or living spaces, instead opting for a centrally located large living area and traditional, oversized bedrooms. A contemporary element of the design is the dedicated office area, whilst being close to the hub of the home does not detract from the traditional elements of the home.
This home although built in modern times has been carefully designed to capture the essence that is an Australian farm house.
Before making the decision to build a ‘new’ home the client desperately searched for a farm house with good bones to renovate and make their own, when this failed a lot of thought went into what constitutes an ‘old’ house. Importantly the selection of materials was critical when it came to replicating this style. Quality fixtures and materials were sought locally and internationally ensuring minimal future maintenance. The clients knew they were successful upon hearing a comment from a local, “Oh yeh I know your place, it’s the old red brick one”, need we say anymore.
The client was very upfront when stating they wanted ‘bang for their buck’; choosing to invest their money in features that gave them value for money whilst not compromising on the design or integrity of the home.
This home exceeded the minimum 6 star requirement without any alterations or additions to the insulation. The home recycles all water via a waste water treatment plant and collects all rain water for use throughout the home; there is also a 5 kW solar power set up on the separate garage. The home has also used recycled red bricks, minimising the carbon foot print. R5 batts have been used in the roof cavity; 55 Anticon blanket to the entire roof; R2.5 batts to all external walls and R2 batts to all internal walls. As well as being the feature of the entry hall, the recycled red brick wall also provides thermal mass to minimise heating and cooling costs.