Winner of the Custom Built Homes ($500,001-$750,000) Category of the Hunter MBAs.
Located at the tip of Coal Point, the steep fall of this residence’s site provides fantastic vistas across Lake Macquarie but created many challenges for the builder during construction. The design called for the existing home to be partially demolished and original retaining walls removed and rebuilt. In addition extensive excavation works were required to prepare the site for a split level building to take advantage of the property’s prime waterfront location and views, but which respected the low level height profile of the surrounding suburban homes.
Classic construction methods were used with a timber frame, weatherboard cladding and colorbond roof. The home comprises an open plan living-dining-kitchen area on the lower level and two bedrooms and bathrooms as well as a studio on the upper level. As empty nesters the owners - an artist and a commuter IT consultant – wanted to create a home of comfort and convenience for their busy lives. N B Russell Building were selected from a competitive group of tenderers for their proven for attention to detail and award-winning reputation for construction excellence.
Timber is a key feature, from the statement 1.2m wide entry door in New Guinea Rosewood, to the beautiful Tasmanian Oak lined raked ceiling and blackbutt flooring throughout. Glass is also a highlight, especially in the hallway where an impressive slump glass panel with built in LED lights creates a magnificent display at night, while allowing filtered light in during the day. A stone fireplace in the open plan living area adds a further luxurious touch. Sustainability elements include the extensive use of louvres to capitalise on natural light and breezes, a 6000l water tank and solar hot water.
This testimonial is in commendation of Nathan Russell Building who has overcome all obstacles including a complex design, a difficult, narrow, sloping, battle-axe site in need of major earthworks, restricted access requiring supplies to be barged in during the wet, strict council supervision, concerned neighbours and the most atrocious wet weather on record to build a beautiful and welcoming home that exudes quality and craftsmanship. The result of Nathan, Allan and their team of subcontractors is a comfortable and inviting world class home that has exceeded our high expectations.
While undertaking this difficult project with demanding clients Nathan has at all times been eager to please, remained calm and found solutions to every obstacle and challenge thrown in front of him. In addition Nathan has treated our budget as if it was his own money, sourcing the best quality for price materials and contractors, supervising their standard of work intensely, signing off their invoices only when completed and making wise recommendations for practical design alterations and material specifications. Nathan either knows or finds every conceivable trade or item.
Our house started with a fantastic design created by our architect but there is no doubt in our mind that our completed home is considerably improved as a result of Nathan’s meticulous attention to detail. Nathan is always a step ahead and anticipates the issues that will arise and guides us through the process to make the best possible decisions.
We would happily recommend Nathan to anybody wanting to build a high quality, architect designed house. Chris and Cheryl L.