Everyone loves a great deck – ready for relaxation Summer through to Winter …our Northern Deck will see a great deal of relaxation over the coming years, we hope these vintage chairs from Grandma, painted in chalk black, will be up to it!
One of the aims of The Shed was to create a spacious weekender with versatile spaces. We are hoping to achieve this through large flexible spaces; A bunk room that can be partitioned if need be, high ceilings throughout allowing a loft space to be included down the track, and large doors creating an internal breezeway or sitting room – depending on the weather. You won’t find a better example of this concept than in the kitchen!
The last few months have been an amazing experience as we witnessed the early stages of construction of THE SHED. From watching the pouring of our giant slab and the meticulous work of our concreters, to the touch and go placement of the enormous steel ‘A’ frames that would form the ‘backbone’ of THE SHED and the galvanised steel purlins that would form the ‘skeleton’. There was a lot at stake as all these elements would ultimately be exposed and a main feature of THE SHED, true to industrial architecture.
I never forgot a house I saw featured in Vogue Living Australia about 8 years ago … it was a weekender perched on the very picturesque escarpment in Kangaroo Valley, NSW. Of course, I didn’t still have the original issue but scanned my memory for enough info to feed into Google and lucky for me I found the details of architect Alexander Michael. Looking at his magnificent past work and knowing my house building budget (meagre!!) it was with trepidation I called Alexander for a chat about the possibilities of working together….
After a 30 minute chat I knew we had found our guy … the Kangaroo Valley house was designed by Alexander for himself and his partner as a weekend escape and completed in 2005. Alexander’s extensive use of concrete, steel, glass and wood plus his obsession with adapting commercial and industrial items for use in a domestic setting meant a result would never be “suburban” (Alex’s favoured term). A weekender with a difference …simple, light and robust!