Sometimes an admiration of other people's houses is based on something hard to pin down
- not just good design. Nothing that leaps out at you. It may simply be a fundamental carelessness, unaffected poise or a blithe
- nigh disinterested - quality that beguiles without trying too
In one such locale on the coast - Breamlea - I visited the retreat of Margie
Delahunty-Spencer and her husband Mark. Breamlea is a linear maunder of beach houses on the lee side of sand dunes found past Thirteenth Beach. It overlooks
- on the inland view - coastal wetlands forming an effective barrier against any direct approach to the township. With no through traffic, Breamlea is unbothered by the nearby and
fast-growing township of Torquay - though, plainly, residents hope to see no Torquay
two-deckers on their western skyline at any time in the future.
The heart of Delahunty-Spencer's house lies in its soulful and imaginative use of timber. Ocean Grove builder Lachlan Skinner understood the design intent worked through by Peter Vernon Architects
- and was able to intuit the right materials for this project. Where other builders baulked at the selection of materials
- including recycled - Skinner found a timber language to express the client's very specific design.
The furnishing choices in this domus are drawn from beach house memory. The
Making-do, the Hand-me-down, the She'll-be-right, the
What-more-would-you-want and the Plonk-yourself-there. I wouldn't have been surprised to see my Uncle Wal sitting at the kitchen table with a tall of Reschs Dinner Ale and a tinted beer flute. All proving there is no lasting place in a real home for the bleakest elements of modernism, nor a coruscating
metro-sleek, except maybe for the cutlery and appliances.
LIST FOR BREAMLEA BEACH HOUSE
Timberzoo's Blue Ridge Stringybark
130 x 19mm NFG Rate: $66.00/m2
End-matched boards with natural feature wisps of black feather and pencil-streak.
Always in stock because it has such warm 'Aussie' appeal.
A deeper toned brown than new Tasmanian Oak because the species mix is from foothill forests of South East Australia.
Brown Barrel, Messmate, Silvertop Ash - species also found in the Surfcoast and Colac-Otway Shires.
Aww gee - it's one of ours.
Blackbutt timbers 135 x 32mm kiln-dried and profiled with a pencil-round edge.
Available in long set-length boards 3.0m to 4.2m on request.
KD Silvertop Ash
90 x 22mm Rate: $5.50/m
The trim on Breamlea Beach House is actually a decking board and available in stock at Timberzoo on call.
It was perfect for a trim board being code-compliant for bushfire zones and having pencil-round profile only on the face edges.
A versatile milling
- and a Class #2 Durability
2400mm Rate: $60.00ea
Class #1 timber 220 x 140mm in end-section which looks great in all kinds of landscaping applications and outdoor structures. Especially totems or letterbox mounts.
We re-grade them, pressure-wash them and stack them by the hundreds in the front display yard at Timberzoo.
Other varieties of post available too.
Request an illustrated stock list on the
135 x 135mm Rate: $60.00/m
All 3.0m lengths and good for furniture or exposed uprights, bench seating, shop fit outs - many uses.
A pale blond fir originally shipped from
the northwest coast of North America in a trade that began more than a century ago
180 x 180mm Rate: $150.00/m
These are all 1.8m to 2.6m and have been reduced in price because they are shorter than 2.7m.
They have all been dressed and are of very good quality.
If you can use a pack, we are open to offers. But can be purchased individually.
200 x 200mm Rate: $80.00/m
Milled from farm windbreak, this remains a renewable resource and has sufficient durability (Class #2) to be used for outdoor structures.
Good stocks in February.
150 x 150mm Rate: $150.00/m
Rough-sawn timbers from old wharf, bridge and pole stock - but high durability allows them to be used for all outdoor applications - including in-ground.
Hundreds in stock.
Core sections: Rate: $120.00/m
These Ironbark slabs are the core section of a corbel that once distributed the weight of longitudinal bridge girders.
Sections above and below were sawn and dressed for stair treads.
These will perform the same role at 110mm thick - but the long boltholes prevent further resawing.
Great if you love that rustic edge and the sheer mass of these brutes. I know I do.
280 x 70mm
280 x 70mm Rate: $140.00/m
Oversized wharf top-decking boards with regular 25mm bolthole penetrations.
Took a bit to dress these 5.9m lengths, but we did it with three men and a chiropractor - and they are for sale at present.
Maybe a couple of dozen in stock.
150 x 35mm Rate: $30.00/m
A regular ripple of fiddleback washboards down the length of these timbers.
Probably Yellow Stringybark or Silvertop Ash - it looks like both.
Peppering of black speck adds another desirability factor.
Not more than 30 boards
- Get in quick!