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   Building their dream home on a bushland block in Dunsborough was a simple and rewarding
   experience for Stuart and Nichole McNaughton who run their own construction company

                                             HEN the husband-and-wife            “We didn’t come across any real setbacks – it     “The huge alfresco area serves as another
                                             team of Stuart and Nichole        was just a very smooth and easy process.”         space that can be used all year round,”
                                             McNaughton put their build-         Nichole, an interior designer with a market-    Nichole says.
                                             ing and design expertise          ing and business background, says they also         The internal floors are made of southern
                             together, the result was this attractive family   use their home as a display for clients.          bluegum timber, while the alfresco area sports
                             home that was built without a hitch.                “When people walk in, the first thing they      an Indonesian hardwood called kapur.
                               The couple, who run South-West building         usually say is how warm, cosy and comfort-          Ducted heating and airconditioning come
                             company Stuart McNaughton Construction,           able the house feels,” she says.                  up through the floors and extend through-
                             created their dream home on a bushland              Pillars made from basalt stone, bathroom        out.
                             block in Dunsborough.                             basins designed by Nichole, and lots of             “Stuart is a carpenter by trade so the house
                               “It’s a U-shaped house,” Nichole says.          timber are some of their favourite features.      is very timber-orientated,” Nichole says.
                               “Stuart grew up in a U-shaped home when           “At a beach in Bunbury, where Stuart and          Stuart is also “very eco-positive” and
                             he was younger and just loved the feeling of      I grew up, there was basalt rock we used to       wanted the property to be as self-sustaining
                             it, so he always wanted to build one.             jump off into the ocean,” Nichole says.           as possible.
                               “This design is great for our family because      “We both remember it and wanted some-             “We have a vegetable garden, fruit trees and
                             with all the rooms facing each other, we’re       thing that reminded us of Bunbury, so we          chooks,” Nichole says.
                             all drawn together. This way our two young        designed basalt stone pillars.”                     “We run our gardens off a bore we put in
                             children are not in a separate area in the          Nichole says the stonemasons working            and everything else runs off our water tank.”
                             house.”                                           on the house first tried to talk them out of        The outdoor heated swimming pool is
                               Nichole says the 10-month building process      using basalt because it’s hard to cut. But they   chemical-free and uses copper probes to get
                             went as quickly and smoothly as any home-         insisted on it and ensured that the stone         rid of bacteria, avoiding the use of salt and
                             owner could have hoped for.                       – which wasn’t widely used in Dunsborough         chlorine.
                               “Stuart and I work extremely well together,”    at the time – provided the perfect finish.          “People have asked if we can build this
                             she says.                                           The north-facing home has four bedrooms,        home for them, which is obviously the most
                               “He looked after the exterior and structural    two bathrooms, a theatre room, main living        rewarding response you can get,” Nichole
                             side of things and left me to do all of the       area, kitchen and large central undercover        says.
                             fixtures and finishes.                            alfresco area with a built-in barbecue.                                              Beth Rivers

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