Gore home reflects builder’s craft
After more than 40 years in the construction industry Trevor Brumby still takes a close interest in every building project undertaken by his Gorebased company.
Trevor runs the business, T. M. Brumby Builder with his son Jeremy as a co-director; together they have combined experience of more than 60 years in the trade.
As well as residential and commercial new builds and renovations, T. M. Brumby Builder’s services include fencing and decking, farm sheds, re-roofing and replacement of timber or aluminium windows.
As a Registered Master Builder, the company is dedicated to the highest standard of service and construction, with the backing of a Master Build comprehensive 10 year guarantee and has several awards to its credit.
The company employs 10 builders plus full-time draughtsman Trent Macgregor, enabling design work to be completed in-house.
Trent was closely involved with the design of one of the company’s latest projects, a new residential build for a couple on a rural property near Gore.
The clients were assisted during the initial design stage by a family member who is a retired builder.
Their concept was to build a barn-style house with a skillion roof and to incorporate rustic elements, while still retaining some contemporary features.
“From there we developed the design with some more detail of the style of house they were looking for and of the materials and finishes they wanted in certain areas,” Trent says.
“The clients had a good idea of what they wanted which certainly makes it a lot easier, but were pretty happy with the input we provided.”
This resulted in materials which include the strategic use of old bridge beams, outside for verandah posts and inside as exposed beams for load bearing and aesthetics, as well as being incorporated in the lounge’s fireplace which also features corrugated steel.
The lounge ceiling will feature plywood with negative detail to complement its timber beams while polished concrete floors in the main and rear entrance, hallway and a section of the lounge add to the natural theme.
“The clients really like the idea of that natural look, a modern home with a traditional countrystyle feel.” The exterior is clad with vertical corrugated coloured-steel.
Trevor says the use of this meant a key element of construction was the use of James Hardie Home Rab fibre cement board, both for bracing and weather-tightness which “ really speeds up the job” as timber framing is kept dry and insulation can be placed before exterior cladding is fixed.
A skillion roof and the extensive use of LVL (laminated veneer lumber) beams required careful consideration to be given to many aspects of the build, from fixing trusses to the beams to the placement of interior lighting.
With a footprint of 260sqm and without a garage, the three bedroom plus office house will be extremely spacious, especially in the lounge,
kitchen and dining areas.
A 2.7 metre wall height allows for the clients to maximise their enjoyment of the rural views from the house’s elevated site, while also enhancing solar gain and reducing energy use.