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Shearing shed house to feature on home show

A Torrumbarry house which looks like a shearing shed will soon be featured on a TV show.

RUTH CLAYTON January 17, 2013 4:44am

Peter Sutton (Echuca-based builder) has built a house in Torrumbarry, which looks like a shearing shed, and will be featured on a TV show called Australia's Best Homes on Foxtel.


Architectural critic and commentator Gary Takle was impressed by the design and family-friendly warmth of Torrumbarry house ‘Trishlida on Dhungala’.

Given the inspiration for this unconventional house is a shearing shed, it is no wonder producers were so keen to feature the home on the first episode of the first season of the new Foxtel TV show Australia’s Best Homes in March.

Mr Takle, who hosts the show, said Trishlida on Dhungala was one of the many fascinating properties Australia-wide to be featured.

The house stands out because of its unique features, which include a lantern roof, a large sliding timber door and quirky interior design.

The home, which took four years to complete from inception, is the brainchild of Melbourne couple Lynn and Rowan Mason.

The four-bedroom house is the full-time home to the couple’s daughter, holiday house to the couple’s other three children and their partners and a retirement nest egg for the couple, who visit almost every weekend.

The house was built by Echuca builder Peter Sutton, who had some input into Lynn’s distinct vision for the home.

Lynn and Rowan bought the three-acre block three years ago and began building the home two years ago. It was completed on Boxing Day, 2011.

‘‘It (the house) was what the block told us it needed,’’ Mrs Mason said.

‘‘We wanted to build something sustainable and energy-efficient that didn’t cause too much disruption to the land but also met our family needs.’’

Mrs Mason said she did a lot of research before building and decorating the house and sourced much of the internal features of the house herself.

She hand-made the kitchen splashback by stencilling hessian bags to look antique, as well as the light in the central living area, which is a spherical barbed-wire design.

Kitchen lights were sourced from a tip in Hobart and a real shearing overhead hangs over the doorframe into an undercover outdoor entertainment area.

The kitchen bench is a replica of a wool-sorting table and shearing paraphernalia is scattered around the house.

‘‘Everything in this place has a story. It’s lovely to be able to share it with people,’’ Mrs Mason said.

Perhaps the best and most unexpected feature of the house is an outdoor bath retreat, set inside what looks like an empty corrugated iron water tank.

‘‘Most people think you’re mad when they can’t see the vision you have,’’ Mrs Mason said.

The Australia’s Best Homes episode featuring the house will be aired on Foxtel’s Aurora channel on Monday, March 4 at 8.30pm.

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