Tag: Design

Oh Hobart ♥

I love a good sticky-beak and what better opportunity where one that is encouraged and expected!

Open House Hobart opened the doors of many amazing buildings in Hobart last weekend, for you to have a little bo-beep.

Unfortunately we only managed to see two homes this year due to limited time and School Fair commitments, but both were great.  The first was a home in Boa Vista Road in North Hobart – an original 1940’s Art-Deco home, with its many original features in tact.

The other was The Barn, a converted stables in West Hobart that I just loved!  I could have moved in – albeit a little small for all of us!

This long derelict 1829 Georgian barn on the fringe of the Hobart CBD was once part of the stables of Goulburn Street’s Bull’s Head Hotel.  Made of local sandstone and convict bricks, it also features a 45 degree pitched roof-perfect for generous loft living.  The nine by five metre footprint was built for purpose and economy; the ground floor accommodated four stalls and the 45 degree pitched roof allowed for generous loft storage.  Although modest in size (a mere 62 square metres) the stable is rich in history, texture and olfactory delights.  The architects retained as much of the existing building fabric as possible and, where services and amenity were required, they provided ‘new insertions’.  It was important that, by doing so, all new work read differently to the existing and, as with any good relationship, the past and the present have space to breathe.  The architects used volume, outlook and a clear material strategy to define spaces and encourage variety and play.


Sneaky Peak : LiFEHOUSES

I stayed with my gorgeous sister Rob, on Thursday night in Castlemaine. Rob and her husband Paul own Lifehouse Design and have just moved into their new home.

They have recently designed a ‘modular’ product called LiFEHOUSESHere is an excerpt from their website:

An affordable sustainable designer home

The LiFEHOUSE is our answer to building a home that addresses your needs, is beautiful, comfortable and highly efficient to run.

Designed for your environment

The LiFEHOUSE is a new concept that allows you to personalise the design in a number of ways to suit the orientation of your land, number of rooms required, external finishes, outdoor living spaces and interior joinery preferences.

Designed for efficiency

We designed the LiFEHOUSE to produce less waste during the construction process.

  • Standard materials dimensions are incorporated into the design
  • Efficient space planning ensures minimal use of materials
  • Materials and finishes that require minimal or no coating or finishing are used, saving on resources and maintenance


One, two, three, four bedrooms, add a study, minus a verandah, you choose which modules to include….

  • Pitched or skillion roof to suit different sites and preferences
  • Corrugated iron, shiplap timber boards, fibre cement or Ecoply sheet cladding
  • Concrete slab on ground or timber floor
  • Timber or aluminium framed windows and doors
  • Flexible joinery options

I always love staying with Rob and Paul as they have exquisite taste in furniture, art, music and food!  I feel like I am on a little retreat when I visit.

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