The Northern Territory news Sat 22 Sep 2018
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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 2018 WEEKEND 21 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA LARRAKEYAH This two-bedroom Japanese in spired home is the result of hours of planning by owners David and Pam Flint. The long-time Territorians designed the unique property with the help of architect Peter Dermoudy, who also built rusty towers and the Futuro in the same suburb. Mr and Mrs Flint bought the expansive 1350 sqm block of land for just $4000 before building their dream home in 1972. As Darwin locals, the couple understood the importance of building a house that could withstand the Top Ends severe weather conditions. And it was lucky they did, with Cyclone Tracy hitting Darwin in 1974. The house is built out of 17 inch reinforced concrete and Ive changed all the glass in the house from the standard 3mm to 10mm toughened glass, Mr Flint explained. The reason we built it like that is because we are so exposed here. The only way we were going to have a house here for any length of time was for it to be built out of concrete, so it would survive cyclones and wouldnt blow away. Split over three levels, the property was specifically created for the unique, sloping block of land that offers stunning views over Larrakeyah. The home has been tastefully finished throughout with wooden fittings and furnishings, made by former Northern Territory business Darwin Joinery. Everything in this house is handmade and its important to me to use locally made products because they are totally unique, Mr Flint said. Pam and I are fortunate as we both love wooden carvings, plus its a classic material that will never go out of fashion. Aside from the wooden elements of the home, Mr Flint said the handmade slate and rock walls are another standout feature of the property. Everything here has come out of my head. Its pretty special knowing you cant buy any of this in a shop, he said. Additional features of this unique Larrakeyah home include a swimming pool, outdoor barbecue and entertaining area, games room and four-car garage. NT Weekend 03NEWS FEATURE Usually these properties do take further time to sell because they are so unique, but it is just finding that type of person who wants that sort of property, he said. However, if the right buyer comes along and falls in love with the property, they do sell very quickly, as the buyer wont see another unique property for a while. Christine Habel, a retired real estate agent that worked in Darwin for 32 years, said the Northern Territory naturally lends itself to quirky homes. We get all sorts of people in the Territory who are after unique dwellings to suit their alternative lifestyles, she explained. Up in Darwin, people like properties that are totally different especially if its their idea theyve come up with themselves. David and Pam Flint outside their Larrakeyah home Picture: PATRINA MALONE If the right buyer comesalong and falls in love withthe property, they do sellvery quickly D E R E K H A R T How young is too young to leave the kids home alone? Parenting P13 ALICE SPRINGS Located in the Red Centre of Australia, this self-contained geodesic dome showcases some of the best solutions in sustainable living. The Phoenix Dome was designed, fabricated and built by Dan Falzon, the owner of sustainability, education and tourism enterprise, Earth Sanctuary. Mr Falzon said each panel was built from flat steel sheets and fabricated into triangles. The total coverage consists of over 260 panels and 64 windows, and the dome sits on a raised floor consisting of a clever product called wonder board made from plant fibre, he said. With a passion for helping people understand sustainable living, Mr Falzon said the multi dome steel fabrication brings together solutions in energy, water, shelter, food, utilities and wellbeing. LARRAKEYAH Many long-time Territorians will re member the famous flying saucer house that once sat on the site of the old Darwin Hospital in Larrakeyah. Built by architect Peter Dermoudy in 1971, the spherical-shaped home featured a kitchen, a bedroom, a toilet/shower and even a motorised front door/stairs. The sphere had four loose oval acrylic windows in the floor section at the rear, looking down the precipice. It was just spectacular, Mr Dermoudy said. Officially known as the Futuro, the unique dwelling attracted attention from all over the globe before it was destructed when Cyclone Tracy rolled through Darwin in 1974.
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