Bespoke cottages built from the ashes

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Bespoke cottages arise from Marysville ashes A classic style was chosen for the new bathrooms. Photo: SUPPLIED.

A classic style was chosen for the new bathrooms. Photo: SUPPLIED.

A classic style was chosen for the new bathrooms. Photo: SUPPLIED.

TweetFacebookThe cottages have been designed using energy-saving principles that add to the living comfort while minimising environmental impact.

Anthony Slot, builder

Most bathrooms areseparated from an adjoining bedroom by a set of plantation blinds that when opened, blur the boundaries between the two rooms to create an interconnected space. Decorated with a neutral colour scheme and filled with sunlight, the resulting space radiates a serene atmosphere,Tracy says.

“It was important to us that the toilet was in the same room but out of view when laying in the bath, also the hanging lights needed to have dimmer switches to be able to create whatever lighting mood the guest wishes,” she says.“You may have also noticed the ornate mirror over the fireplace mantle, that is actually a 36-inch flat-screen television that is mounted on a recessed swing arm bracket that allows the guest to view it from the bath, dining table or even their bed.” It’s this latter feature that Anthony says is his favourite.

Products chosen include tapware from Reece Bathroom’s Bastow Hawthorn range, and towel rails and roll holders from the Faucet Cascade range. Baths includethe free-standing clawfootKado Classic from Reece and the the single Edison and Spanish vanitieswere purchased from Schots Home Emporium.

On floors, Fara Granite 300mmx300mm floor tiles were teamed with 250mmx400mm plain white wall tiles. Dulux’s Whisper White colour was chosen for the walls. A mirror and coat hooks came from the Marysville Post Office. Other items, such as the leadlight windows were salvaged from demolition or building jobs.

“The leadlight windows were salvaged from a building job in Jolimont in Melbourne that I worked at years ago,” Anthony says. “There are four panels and all have had some repair work done to them and have been in storage just waiting for the right placement.

“Trend Windows in Bayswater custom-made an aluminium window frame to accommodate the stained-glass panel and place it in between two panes of 4mm toughened-glass, which was perfect for safety reasons and also for ease of cleaning the window.”

Being in the building trade, says Anthony, has long made the couple familiar with working to a budget and completing a project within a tight timeframe.

“We had a solid business plan and had most of the items and job specifications selected before we started,” he says. “This allowed us to shop around and change things at our own pace without it affecting the progress of the job.”

With the new business in full swing, the couple continue with other ongoing projects of rebuilding more properties around Marysville.