What I know about homes
The first house I remember living in was on Waite Road, Netherby, in the eastern suburbs of the Adelaide foothills, I was four years old and we had moved from Port Lincoln to Adelaide for my dad’s work.
We lived across the road from the Waite Institute, which still had sheep in their paddocks.I have fond memories of the house and it wasn’t uncommon to find errant sheep in our front yard as they were drafted to the sheering sheds.
Built in the late 60s early 70s, it was an architecturally designed single storey ‘boomerang’ shaped home. It was double-brick with a sandstone façade and a tiled pitched roof with 4 bedrooms + a study, a separate lounge room, dining room and kitchen with a large double garage with a good size backyard. My bedroom was tiny in comparison to what children’s bedrooms are designed to these days but it made zero difference to me.
I was envious of a few of my friends’ parent’s homes, one in particular was a friend’s house in Wattle Park. It was a very large renovated house, built in the early 1900s out of sandstone blockwork with red terracotta roof tiles, in the leafy green eastern suburbs on ¾ of an acre – about 3000sqm. It had everything, a tennis court, swimming pool, billiard room, running creek, etc., etc. There were all boys in the family around my age so it was a go-to house for many young lads on weekends for tennis, backyard cricket, football, swimming and everything else that comes with it!
I left home when I was 19, mum and dad sold the Netherby family home the same year. They had a tree change and bought acreage in the Clare Valley and built a home – which was great for weekend trips.
I moved back to Port Lincoln a year or two after leaving school to study Aquaculture and play football for a local club. Home was a 2 bedroom unit on the water shared with a friend who I was studying and playing football with – we had amazing views over Boston Bay. However, the flat was by no means high-end – it was a bachelor’s pad at student level standards!
Working as a deckhand for a pearling company in Broome, I lived mainly in backpacker hostels when I wasn’t at sea. I also lived in numerous places in Darwin when I was studying marketing there. From living in these areas I’ve developed a love for tropical architecture – large verandahs with huge eaves and plenty of ceiling fans. One house I lived in Darwin was all louvre windows, there wasn’t a fixed window in the house and it had minimal walling! I moved back to Adelaide in my late 20s and lived in some great period style homes built out of bluestone which I’m also fond of.
A renovated Edwardian single fronted weatherboard in Thornbury is currently where home is for me with my partner, Em. When we moved across from Adelaide we thought it was a quintessential Melbourne style property and pushed hard to get it. We love living in it!
My dream is to build a custom home on acreage. I’m a big fan of mid-century modern architecture, so that’s the style. As far as the floor plan, not too large, a well designed home doesn’t need to be big in my opinion. As long as the orientation works to keep the living areas naturally light and the floor plan works for the family in it, I’ll be happy. As far as the specification, nothing over the top but a quality fit out to match the design would be ideal and a high level glazing specification too. All that being said, I’m thinking by the time I’m ready to do a project like this, it won’t all be up to me!
You can meet Jamie and chat to him about your dream home - you'll find him at our Balwyn North display home.
Posted: 8th November 2017