The new offshore waterfront dwelling was conceived as a high quality, recycled hardwood post and beam structure incorporating various timbers.
The pavilion style construction's main material was to be recycled Australian hardwoods for sustainability and to fit in visually and environmentally with an established offshore look. With only concept drawings, the builder carefully selected materials and the construction methods to create the structure.
The design called for a high quality build and detail in that all construction elements were exposed. The recycled hardwood structure is held together with 316 Stainless steel fixings, epoxy and the traditional pocket bolted method. The innovative design incorporates the post and beam structure to take all the custom made clerestory, louvre and sliding sash joinery so that no window or door frames were required. A combination of Ironbark, Bloodwood, Bluegum and Red Mahogany were selected for this purpose.
The structure is supported on custom made 316 stainless steel fittings to ensure the timber is kept off the masonry slabs and piered footings for sustainability.
The imported Burmese Teak was used for the guest pavilion's raised Japanese style bath which was handcrafted on site. Additionally, another imported timber utilised was the Malaysian Pelawan. Kiln dried, with low shrinkage rates and non leaching qualities, was used for decking, positioned above sandstone wall cladding. Other deck structures utilised Australian kiln dried Blackbutt, being stable, durable and acceptable in bushfire prone areas.
Bluegum is used throughout the home for flooring, and additionally for joinery in the office. All doors and windows were handmade from the same recycled hardwood used in the structure.
The home's private wharf was also replaced with a new turpentine and blackbutt structure.
In conclusion the design and construction called for a high standard of finish using sustainable materials to achieve a comfortable, casual and relaxed waterfront home that was in harmony with the Island and would provide a sustainable dwelling for years to come.