This magical timber mansion started life as a… shed?
“UNIQUE” is one of those overused words, but this large, craftsman-built home at Dulcot fits the description to a T.
Harcourts Signature property consultant Scott Leitch described this property as having real wow factor.
“It is two craftsman-built homes rolled creatively into one — it is wonderful and unlike anything I have seen before,” he said.
For owner Jeff Reeve, building the six-bedroom home was a labour of love.
At the time he was working in a high-pressure job, so building the home with his own hands — and the help of a friend — was an enjoyable escape from the hustle and bustle of his career.
“The initial plan was to build a shed, just a regular tin shed,” Jeff said.
“A friend suggested building it out of timber and said he would help.”
Jeff chose macrocarpa for the “shed”, and said it was fantastic to build with.
“It has a nice character and is easy to work with,” Jeff said. “Over the years it has not moved at all, and I have oiled it just once, yet it still looks fantastic.”
The shed took a few years to piece together. Later, Jeff had an idea to connect the property’s main house to the shed, rather than separating the structures.
Looking at the exterior, it is clear where the shed starts and the house ends. However, venture inside and the link is less obvious, with the cleverly crafted timber appearing to be more of a beautiful feature rather than a necessary join between two projects that were built years apart.
Jeff said the style of the main home was inspired by Cape Cod architecture with its steep pitched roof, gables and dormers.
Throughout the property he used locally grown timbers such as celery-top pine, Tasmanian oak and cypress pine.
The residence offers more than 400 square metres of living space, which is currently divided into multiple bedrooms, four living areas and three bathrooms — although there is plenty of flexibility, depending on the next owners’ needs.
Want an office? No problem. Perhaps a pool room just off the kitchen? Easy-peasy.
The layout also allows for independent living. Jeff said his father had lived in the shed in the past, but more recently he had rented the lower-level space to a “fantastic tenant”, who he says would be more than happy to stay on, if possible.
This level has a bedroom, study, bathroom and an open living, dining and kitchen area with a deck at the front.
“I think the house will appeal to either a large family or to those who find the rental option attractive,” Jeff said.
“It’s not an easy decision to sell, having put so much time and effort into it over about a decade, but I like to keep busy, and this project is finished.
“If I was doing it all again, I would not change a thing.”
Alongside 2.25ha of light bushland with fenced paddocks, the property features 40,000-litre water tanks and 32 solar panels that virtually bowl over a power bill.
No.305 George Street, Dulcot, is listed with Harcourts Signature at “Offers over $795,000”.