Natural Beauty
Australian House & Garden Magazine|May 2021
Inspired by the design of a humble woolshed, this new build in the Byron Bay hinterland beautifully balances workaday with liveable luxury to create an inviting forever home.
Georgia Madden

KITCHEN/DINING/LIVING

Joinery painted Haymes Paint Moon And Stars (throughout). Leather handles, MadeMeasure. Fridge and oven, Fisher & Paykel. Duke barstools, Globe West. Billi filtered-water tap, available from Winning Appliances. Elysian mixer tap and Belfast sink, both ABI Interiors. The fireplace wall is made from basalt sourced on site. Uniqwa Collections lounge chairs (living area), daybed and planter (both on deck), all from The Design Hunter. Side table and dining table, both Bodhi Living. No.811 Hoffmann dining chairs, Thonet. Loribaft rug, Cadrys.

There’s something truly magical about Walker Farm – from the blissful silence to the way the home and landscape seem to borrow from each other, creating a seamless connection between indoors and out. Set on a 16-hectare cattle farm in Myocum, you’d never guess you’re 10 minutes’ drive from bustling Byron Bay.

This little slice of paradise is home to Tim Mundy, his daughter Cleo, 11, son Will, nine, and their dog Biscuit. And it’s a dream that was several years in the making. “I bought the land in 2017, with the intention of making our home here,” says Tim. “I spent those years moving to and from a caravan on site and rentals in Byron Bay while I scraped together the money to make it happen.”

His vision was clear: “I wanted a barn-style home full of windows so I could open or close spaces depending on the weather, with separation between the living and bedroom areas. Living on site in the caravan gave me a good idea of the aspects, prevailing breezes and what would fit best.”

Tim worked with architect Angus Munro of Marc&Co to develop the idea of a two-pavilion structure – one to house the sleeping quarters, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms; the other for an open-plan living/kitchen/dining space.

“The house is designed to evoke a traditional woolshed, with rough-sawn beams and exposed brickwork,” says Angus. “We really wanted to re-create that industrial-scale internal volume – at their highest point, the ceilings here reach 4.2 metres.”

The house is oriented to the north to capture much-desired sea breezes, with glazing running its entire length that opens up to draw you into the landscape via an expansive blackbutt deck. This leads down to a mineral-enriched swimming pool with priceless views across the rolling hills.

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