‘The steel structure had all the support, it really stood up itself once you bolted it together.’
Shane explains that the striking glulam cypress beams supporting the first floor were stood vertically and bolted into steel base plates. The angled beams both braced the structure and provided extra support to the cantilever projection.
The other challenge involved the design of the ceiling’s timber-frame portal structure in the kitchen and living area. The use of the strong beams allowed for the open space, and large windows, unbroken by structural elements.
Four timber portal frames support the structure. The frames were designed and fabricated in the warehouse, then pre-sealed and taken to the site to reduce any weathering effect before the roof went over.
‘The wedge-shaped living room tapers to a point at the kitchen wall,’ Shane says.
The unobtrusive kitchen blends with the surroundings, almost disappearing into the wall, with the cupboard doors all cut out of the same timbers, so they line up with the grains.
It was designed as part of the living space, so it was important that the joinery was finished to the same high level, says architect Natalie Miles.
She says Spence Construction put a lot of thought and effort into the kitchen joinery.
‘The great thing about that project was working with Spence because they did a fantastic job,’ Natalie says.
The kitchen features a solid silvertop ash island, behind which there is a leathered stone-finished splashback and benchtop, wall oven, a small pantry in the wall and corner shelves.
Distinctive features in the living space are the steel spiral staircase, exposed timber portals and the hanging iron fireplace with a custom-made steel floorplate.