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ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER
The first striking element that catches your eye is the tower at the front of the house.
The modern design plays on the theme of the air force and resembles an old-fashioned air force control tower.
"It was one of those things that we tried to blend, where as the rest of the work we kept the old and the new quite
separate," says Dane. "We thought we would relate to the original building in some way and because it was an air force
building the control tower seemed logical."
A hidden staircase on the inside of the tower leads to an observatory area that o ers panoramic views of the property.
"Busselton is very flat, so to get a view you have to go up," says Helen. "I've got an olive grove on the side of the
house and the roof is a nice flat spot where I can have a drink in the evening and watch the sun go down."
Dane says that reusing space is extremely
environmentally sound, especially if your
design and renovation allows you to reuse
major elements such as walls.
"We were able to reuse the walls, floors,
the roof structure and joineries such as
the door frames and skirting boards," says
Dane. "We salvaged lots and were able to
leave it in place and work around the bulk of
the building materials."
Another major job was the removal of
some of the internal walls in order to open
up the living space. Steel columns had to be
installed to ensure that the huge concrete
roof was sufficiently supported.
"It was not easy," says Dane. "We couldn't
get machinery into the building because we
had to be careful of the lightweight floor so
the builders had to move the massive steel
beams through the window openings and
then jack them up into position."
e steel beams add character to the
home and appear as if they are part of the
" e main living room is one of the best
spaces," says Dane. "Leaving the original
concrete floors and the tell-tale lines of
where the old walls were once standing has
been very successful."
Helen's selection of art and furniture
embraces the character of the home.
A custom made rug and sofa in the main
living area are designed to fit around the
steel pillars, while the colours from the art
work complement the warm jarrah flo or.
" e dining room table is made from a
jarrah tree that was knocked down to put
in the olive grove," she says. " at had been
sitting there for 12 years or more and the
local timber mill milled it for me and then
Scott Richardson (Dane's brother) made
e project took 15 months to complete,
with the renovation process adding to the
long history of the home.
e home won the Design Excellence
Award for 2009 at the Building Designers
Association of WA annual awards evening.
"It's the most fabulous place to live in,
it's so spacious and peaceful," says Helen.
"It is history and what it has turned
into is our history - it's not your
ordinary house." I
CONTAC TS: BUILDING DESIGNER: Dane Richardson, Dane Design Australia, 14 North Street, Dunsborough, (08) 9755 3861, danedesignaustralia.com.au. INTERIOR DESIGNER: Dane Richardson
and Lynne Sheen. STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS: Cotan Engineers, 229 Bussell Hwy, Busselton, (08) 9754 2131. LIGHTING: Euroluce, (08) 9481 2242. Plumbing Fixtures: Reece Design, (08) 9284 6300.
PLUMBING: Abbey Plumbing, (08) 9751 1765. BALUSTRADES: South West Fencing & Balustrades, 0438 911 200. CABINETS: Dunsborough Woodworks, (08) 9756 8428. PAINTING: McCauley's Painting
Service, 0417 939 221. AIR CONDITIONING: Valentines Service Centre, (08) 9752 1443. TILING: Greg Lawrance, 0427 470 566. TIMBER FLOORS: Andrew, Naturaliste Floors, 0419 924 086. WET AREA
TILES: Armanti, (08) 9791 3500. DOOR HARDWARE: Halliday Baillie Pty Ltd, (02) 9699 33 30. WINDOWS: Busselton Aluminium Windows, (08) 9754 1211. PHOTOGRAPHER: James Santi, 0417 510 3 75.
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