Cut Once HQ
This home, based on a classic Australian style, doubles as my family home/display home and Cut Once HQ. The house was built to showcase the Cut Once skill set and our ability to build a home that is not run-of-the-mill. To achieve this, we have used a range of typically Australian materials. Although the house had to be unique, it also had to be cost effective.
The current home-build trend is to squeeze homes onto small blocks. Although this was an option, we decided that adequate indoor and outdoor space was too important.
The main feature of this house is the classic Aussie galvanized, corrugated iron cladding that covers the exterior. To create more visual interest, a two-tone effect has been achieved by the addition of some dark grey render on the lower level.
A small garden lines a stone path leading up to a Western Red Cedar front door, alongside a double garage with panel-lift doors.
The lower level has polished concrete floors throughout. Energy efficient, under-floor heating provides heating in winter. The passageway passes an office space looking onto a decked outdoor courtyard. Custom-built stairs, made from Merbau Hardwood and steel ($9500), lead upstairs. The passage then leads past a guest toilet and laundry. Finally, the passage leads into an open-plan living area. A raised cathedral ceiling with exposed rafters gives the living area a spacious feeling. The kitchen is modern with a reflective splashback and stone-bench work surfaces. There is ample kitchen storage space, an island, gas stove. A fireplace provides a focal point for the sitting area. Stacker doors lead out onto a Blackbutt Hardwood deck with an outdoor kitchen. Counter-levered beams over the porch give the house a light feeling. Electric blinds provide shade.
Upstairs, there are three spacious bedrooms. There is high-quality laminated flooring throughout. The master suite has a walk-in wardrobe and well-appointed bathroom. The family bathroom has a dark stone bath. Both bathrooms have slate-colored tiles from floor to ceiling.
We chose white as the backdrop for earthy accents, accessories made from natural materials, neutral furniture, and walls decorated with baskets and paintings.