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A Modern Country Home Inspired By The Aussie Shed

Architecture

Staying in a shed doesn’t sound very appealing… but while this property echoes the iconic shed form, the experience bears little resemblance your standard corrugated iron experience!

We chat with owner Fran Derham about working with architect Nick Byrne of Byrne Architects to create a modern country residence that works as both a family home and accommodation option.

17th September, 2019

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Photo – Lisa Cohen. Styling – Tess Newman Morris.

Miriam McGarry
Tuesday 17th September 2019

Fran Derham and husband Mike engaged old friend and architect Nick Byrne of Byrne Architects to design their family residence in a remote rural spot, off the Surf Coast of Victoria. Mike and Nick had gone to school together, and the couple was impressed by his work designing unique properties down the coast.

From an architectural perspective, the form of the building is inspired by vernacular Victorian shed design, and this is echoed in the materials of Australian hardwood and corrugated steel. Nick highlights how the use of multiple species of timber in the interior creates a warm atmosphere that is ‘recognisable as a country home, yet with a strong sense that it is a piece of modern design embedded in the landscape.’ Fran echoes this sentiment, describing how the use of timber offers helps to ‘bring the outdoors indoors, and really allow guests to melt into both the house and the surrounding countryside in absolute comfort.’

For owner and accommodation manager Fran, the best part of the day is sitting with a glass of wine in front of the fire and watching the moon rise: ‘it pops up in the silhouetted cleavage of the state forest beyond’ she swoons!

The Wensley is available to book via Airbnb here. Visit The Wensley website here

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