A tree change is a pipe dream for many city-dwellers and likewise, downsizing from acreage to start a new life in the suburbs is becoming common for some.
When it was time to relocate from a five acre property in the country to a growing town in northern NSW, Barry purchased his home and installed a Melwood for that extra bit of special space.
Barry says, “We love it. It’s great!”
“Neat and well constructed, our Melwood has not only extended our living space but provided a highly functional private self-contained studio space.”
Used as an art studio for painting, clay sculpture and enjoying some R&R, Barry loves having a relaxing space to go to.
“We got it primarily for an escape place to go up to because the block is kind of elevated at the back and you can look over the house. It just gives a lovely outlook and opens out the perspective.”
Barry installed a Melwood Mod 15 measuring 5.4m x 2.6m with board and batten cladding, double-hung windows and double doors. With the external cladding painted in Monument to match the cabana roof and his Colorbond fence, his Melwood has a contemporary coastal feel.
Barry also added his own finishes touches to keep down the glare. By adding reflective film to the horizontal windows, it’s helped keep the art studio cool from the morning sun.
Previously maintaining an English country garden on his acreage, Barry enjoyed the process of decorating his Melwood and DIY-ing the landscape design.
Turning to influences from his travels around the pacific islands, Barry is thrilled with his beautiful tropical oasis. And like a true Polynesian garden, two Moai statues inspired by the monolithic human figures on Easter Island stand at both sides of his Melwood.
“At the previous house, I had a formal garden, which was all clipped hedges and that sort of thing. I decided I’d go with the much easier look here to make it more of a tropical garden.”
“It has also made a very attractive focal point for our garden, not to mention the added value to the property. The patio is the perfect place to relax and catch the afternoon breezes, while looking out over the vista below. So many benefits!”
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