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Matt Wallwork Residence


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This project will never be repeated, at least by me! A living and breathing work of art, it was epic in vision and execution. Whilst it did attract a fantastic asking price when reluctantly sold, in my eyes, it is priceless.

This property has been designed from a philosophy of using recycled and natural materials.

The hand-crafted limestone wall by master stonemason Frank Trimble (my wife's uncle) is a virtuoso, and is complimented by recycled Wandoo beams from the old Toodjay bridge, piers from an old Wooloomooloo wharf and a brass ship's window salvaged from the ocean floor.

The bathroom is finished in a Moroccan bath-house style with a glass-roofed shower.

Other features include:

  • passive solar design

  • double insulated roof

  • louvers for cross ventilation

  • low maintenance garden

  • outdoor shower and utility basin

  • wiring for surround sound entertainment indoor and outdoor

Materials used in the construction:

  • Pergola posts: piers from Wooloomooloo Wharf in Sydney

  • Rafters: from old Toodjay Bridge

  • Circular brass ship window: salvaged from ocean floor near the Abrolhos Islands

  • Attic wall cladding: salvaged from National Hotel in Fremantle

  • Floorboards: re-milled from recycled Barge boards 28mm thick

  • Central Treetrunk: Wandoo - now a protected species

  • Bedroom doors: original retro etched French doors

  • Staircase: copper handrail and Wandoo treads

  • Floor: Polished Concrete.

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