The Hinterland Hideaway - House 10
Out by the beach, in a rainforest block of northern New South Wales, is the Hinterland Hideaway, a new build by Three Birds Renovations. The first non-renovation project for the design trio, this home was created for their digital manager Sophie Bell, her husband, and their growing family. The soft archways, clean colour palette, and close connection to nature brought to life Sophie’s vision of a modern Mediterranean villa, a grand oasis for her family.
A large part of the home’s charm is the focus on an organic feeling. Touches like the concrete benchtops in the kitchen, floor-to-ceiling white render in the main bathroom, and random tile patterns in the ensuite and powder rooms all worked together to create that sense of lived-in imperfection, despite it being a newly built structure. Connecting those spaces are fixtures and accessories from our Scala and Milli Pure collections in Living Tumbled Brass. This special finish reacts to touch and the environment, tarnishing and changing with time into a beautiful, unique patina. It’s the right finish for a home design that wants to highlight such moments of personality in contrast to its minimalist environment.
Another feature for the home is its consciousness to its effect on the environment. To reduce the impact of the construction, the Bells wanted to exceed the requirements of the Building Sustainability Index (BASIX), NSW’s strategy that regulates the water and energy consumption for all new builds and certain renovations. Because of this decision, the home does not have any central heating system, instead opting for a gas fireplace, laminated glass, and special foam insulation. It also amazingly does not have any air conditioning through the use of natural shading from the surrounding rainforest and use of ceiling fans. Our taps also contributed to the BASIX calculation through their three to five star WELS-ratings, indicating their high degree of water efficiency.