Mondrook Hideaway

Builders of distinction since 1958

About This Project

Resting upon a grassy rise on an expansive property in the spectacular Manning Valley, this thoughtfully designed, light filled, three-bedroom home beautifully interacts with the surrounding valley and bushland views.

On first meeting our clients they described how they envisioned their dream retirement home as a Modern upmarket woolshed, simple elegant lines a must, a home that gives a nod to Glen Murcutt the famous Australian architect renowned for his love and extensive use of iron and designs that talk to our uniquely Australian environment.

On approach to the home, you are greeted with a pitched roof entry and double black frame glass doors, surrounded by vertically orientated Colorbond in shale grey. The entry doors lead to a wide entrance gallery, with gorgeous artistic pieces thoughtfully curated and displayed in the foyer, with two bedrooms situated to the right. Entry to the living, dining and kitchen area is via a large glass door, allowing light to filter into the space, while helping to control the temperature of the room.

Entering the open plan living and dining area, you are immediately captivated by the floor to ceiling stone fireplace, centrally positioned in between two full height windows, these elements rise to meet the pitched ceiling of the north-east wall. All windows were strategically placed to take in the view of the property and the dam in distance. Solid timber spotted gum timber flooring warm the space and add a sense of Australiana.

Featuring a large, waterfall island bench and expansive butler’s pantry, the custom kitchen is an entertainer’s delight, featuring energy efficient appliances and an extremely generous amount of storage. The sizeable laundry, with large separate linen and broom closets, is conveniently located off the kitchen.

Extremely practical in functionality, the T shaped floor plan of the home conveniently locates the study and main bedroom at the opposite end of the other two bedrooms giving our retiree’s that privacy when all the family is in residence.

All bedrooms feature ensuites, including a palatial Master ensuite and large walk-in robe in the main bedroom. Considered design of the extra-large study meets requirements above and beyond for working from home. The impressive open plan living, and dining areas leads to a vast, north facing, tiled courtyard with gal steel framed pergola that will ultimately be a green roof once the vines establish themselves. This creates a relaxing outdoor lifestyle space, overlooking the dam with magnificent bushland views.

Incorporating large open and airy scale of the interior spaces, raked ceilings and square set throughout, lots of consideration was spent on rafter’s vs bulkheads vs scissor trusses to work in the allowance of the AC ducting. Scissor trusses were chosen, as the most cost-effective solution, to facilitate the ducting, but also gave the benefit of some additional air space to assist in the thermal performance of the home, clean internal ceiling lines being a priority for our clients.

Passive solar design principles applied at design stage achieve a natural climate within the home, minimising the use of artificial heating and cooling, given the home is run via a stand-alone solar system. Using area closure options, louvre windows for cross flow ventilation, the home further minimised the requirement on the solar system. Energy efficient led light throughout, as well as appliance selection with a focus on the efficiency of the appliances. A multistage inverter water pump was selected to supply water pressure to the home via the 100,000 litre poly lined steel water tank.

The quality craftmanship of this bespoke design exceeded our clients’ needs and desires, with the outcome being an incredible ‘forever’ home to be proud of.

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