Stress free choices
First, the pair worked with their architect on the orientation of the home, which may seem obvious now but at the time was a real conundrum.
The challenge was how to capture the view from every window without having to hang the building over the edge?
Regulations meant they needed to remain 10m from the riverbank and building up a hillside of terraces was the solution.
This poser sorted, they moved on to the aesthetics, sending in photos of buildings and materials they liked to evolve the design.
“It was stress free in terms of figuring those things out,” they say.
Navigating the consenting issues (of which there were a few) was more tedious but the couple gave the paperwork over to the David Reid team while they focussed on the finish line.
They moved in just after the first lockdown.
Put simply, the house comprises two offset pavilions linked by a hallway.
The bedroom pavilion, which includes an office, is set back while the living zone pavilion pushes forward to follow the course of the river.
The gabled forms, clad in low-maintenance black Linea weatherboard, have their roots in the agricultural building typology.
“We wanted the white-trim windows because that is more traditional for a barn."
One more material – reclaimed brick – has been used to good effect on the chimney and as a feature wall along the hallway.
It’s an element that gives some heft to the palette and, somewhat to her surprise, works in beautifully.
French Country meets industrial chic
“As far as style goes, I like old-fashioned French Country; his taste is for hard-industrial, so the brick and exposed beams are things he wanted,” she says.
The interiors are a fusion of both looks, particularly in the living zone.
Unusually, this young couple did not opt for the on-point black-on-black aesthetic but went for something more welcoming.
They located the kitchen right in the middle of the floorplan, close to the covered patio.
It’s not that they’re always entertaining, more like surrendering their kitchen to all comers.