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Project Description

The Guest Home is a Strongbuild  ‘Classic Country Style’ Streamlined Home Building Project.

Strongbuild’s Story:

The ‘Guest’ home is a Classic Country Style home built on 5 acres of beautiful established gardens in Wildes Meadow near Bowral NSW. The existing 5 acre garden was passionately created over a period of at least 25 years by the previous owner and was the drawcard for the new owners decision to purchase the block.

Strongbuild was involved early in the process as there was an existing older style home on the property that failed to satisfy our clients needs both physically and architecturally and needed to be removed without excessive damage to the surrounding plantings.

The client’s dream was to build a modern country style home with adjoining garage/barn/loft for vehicle and guests, that would compliment the garden and give the impression of a timeless involvement with its lush surroundings.

The solution was a custom ‘Strongbuild Classic Country Style’ build – a combination of ultra modern inclusions combined with recycled bricks, re-cycled timber and re-cycled stained glass windows. The immediate garden was re- designed to take full advantage of the home layout and to anchor the home to the landscape. The final look is classic and aged, yet modern and vibrant – exactly what our client had in mind.

The Guest’s story:

After living in Sydney’s suburbia for many years, once our kids had left home, my wife Helen and I were keen for a tree change to try our hands at growing veggies and fruit trees.

We looked in the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and the Southern Highlands.  Helen saw an interesting old church for sale in Wildes Meadow and made an appointment with Susan Everdell of Inside Story Realty in Robertson to view the property. The property didn’t have the land size we wanted but we fell in love with the area.

We didn’t want a 100 plus acre property, we just wanted about 10 acres. We were hoping to buy an old country house preferably needing renovation so we could put our own stamp on it, but we didn’t have any luck.  Sue showed us a lot of properties before we found Rowandale in Wildes Meadow. We had a dilemma though, we loved the land which had beautiful established gardens with fruit and nut trees, a big vegetable garden and flower beds, but we didn’t like the house at all.  The garden was originally designed and built about 25 years ago by then owner and garden designer Holly Kerr-Forsyth.

Unfortunately, the house wasn’t built well enough to renovate.  Sue showed us a Strongbuild brochure that she had in her office with the beautiful timber country homes they build, so we thought that could be our solution…… demolish and rebuild, and the rest is history.

Helen was keen to use some recycled materials and Strongbuild were happy with that and thanks to Jamie Strong and his builders we have a beautiful well built home that looks like it was built in the early 1900’s.  We love that most people think we have restored an old home.

We begged garden designer Brendan Moar to design the garden around the new house for us and we were so thrilled and grateful that he agreed to do it, and the results are  wonderful with the new house and garden blending beautifully together.

Philip Guest