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of hills, plump cattle graze peacefully in the lush paddocks. A chain of springs and permanently-flowing streams run through the farm, providing a year-round water supply. This Arcadian scene is topped off by heritage-listed bushland on the upper slopes; a beautiful remnant that has never been cleared or grazed. Helen and Paul took the plunge with the aim of dividing their time equally between country and city once their children had been schooled. Until then Yala Yala Springs is a beloved holiday and weekend retreat for the family, although Paul stays on for an extra 2-3 days to tend to the farm. With the existing cottage too fragile to be restored, Helen and Paul lost no time in building a new home on the lower slopes of the property, taking advantage of the spectacular vistas across the landscape. Helen and Paul, like many home builders, started the design process by visiting various displays. They fell in love with a Sarah Homes’ design inspired by the ‘Lindsay’ they saw displayed at Old Noarlunga. They then modified the Lindsay design to suit their lifestyle and family requirements. An unusual aspect of this project was their sourcing old jetty timbers from Moonta to lend rustic elements throughout the build. With a reputation earned over 50 years for designing and building attractive, energy-efficient houses in South Australia, Sarah Homes has long had a significant presence on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Owing to the region’s strong beach and holiday ethos, Sarah Homes are a good fit … and for this reason have built extensively in this region.

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Helen and Paul’s charcoal-coloured contemporary house was constructed in an amazingly speedy four months. Built from lightweight materials in minimalist style, it succeeds as a clean, sleek counterpoint to the rural setting. A key feature is the giant indoor-outdoor niche at the eastern end of the house. Under the main roof and enclosed on three sides, the front is open to the outside with immense rough-hewn wharf timbers framing the view. The family enjoy this sheltered space all year round: the outdoor kitchen and shade make it perfect for summer entertaining, while the fireplace transforms it into a cosy nook for winter. The interiors are a clever combination of modern with a rustic twist. Slick glass and tile finishes and an informal plan are off-set by the warmth of more wharf timbers. Plate-glass and louvre windows run the length of the living area, linking the indoors and outdoors and placing the views centre stage. A wood-burning fireplace integrated with a rough-cut timber feature wall also adds texture and rusticity. Keeping true to the spirit of a holiday house, the couple have decorated in a relaxed, comfortable style. Helen describes the decor as ‘neutral with a bit of fun’. Off-white throughout, there are occasional flashes of vivid mandarin on the kitchen and bathroom cabinetry. The furniture is eclectic, keeping the tone casual. Two red, seventies armchairs and a shag-pile carpet add a slightly retro feel. A random collection of paintings clustered on one wall creates a touch of colourful chaos, with two enormous family photo-boards giving a personal touch. Topped off by a backdrop of rural scenery the home feels fresh and vibrant.

Fleurieu Living Magazine Spring 2013  

Published quarterly, Fleurieu Living Magazine features the best in food and wine, homes and gardens, growers, producers, accommodation and d...

Fleurieu Living Magazine Spring 2013  

Published quarterly, Fleurieu Living Magazine features the best in food and wine, homes and gardens, growers, producers, accommodation and d...

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