Rammed Earth House, Ferntree, Tasmania

Beachouse architecture 654 Huon Road 3/03/2017 picture by Peter Mathew

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Kinara and Andrew found the site for their new house nestled in amongst tall forest on the eastern slopes of Mount Wellington. Their brief to Beachouse centred around simplicity, sustainability and connection with their surrounding environment. Their stunning (and quite steep) site has views through tall trees to Hobart below and up through treetops to Mt Wellington’s Organ Pipes above.

Living in close proximity to nature comes with the necessity to address exposure to bushfire. The location in which Kinara and Andrew chose to build required that the building achieved a BAL40 bushfire rating – one of the highest categories for bushfire protection. This requirement became the key driver for the selection of external materials for the house.

The building features beautiful insulated rammed earth walls in key locations as well as metal cladding and a burnished concrete slab. The rammed earth combines with other natural materials to provide a warm comfortable internal ambience. The house has a small footprint but takes great advantage of volume created by the rising single roof plane.

At some stage during the build Kinara and Andrew found time to have a baby – Findlay – and all three moved into their new house in mid-2016. We wish them many happy years together in their new nest.

Construction: Rory Wright – South Coast Builders

Rammed Earth: Chris Westcott – Rammed Earth Tasmania

Engineering: Aldanmark Consulting Engineers