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where the he(ART) is

Mont Sauvatage is more than just a house and home… it’s a thoughtful space that has evolved from the huge creative investment of time over a (so far… ) 15 year period.

It began with the collection, salvage and storage of materials, and design of a house that would integrate all the materials (to Australian standards). Construction began with slab pour in 2007.

The majority of the build has taken place in 400 days between 2008-2010, and the house continues to evolve with careful placement of collected and salvaged materials relevant to each space.

Mont Sauvatage is part home, part sculpture, part treasure box and definitely a quirky labour of love – at times hampered by life’s trials, and ‘house-wrighters block’. Fortunately all effort is rewarded and the finished product will show off the investment of labour and creativity that has gone into it.

When it rains…

There are always tasks to do, if you have the energy.  And sometimes those jobs SAVE energy…. indeed getting some more doors hung will provide more efficient winter warmth.  And get rid of more of the stuff being stored in the lounge room….

  • This doorway has had a blanket for a door for a few years. Hanging a door will make it ready to be a bedroom. Step 1... measurements.

Open House

There has been a bit of an event, so the house was open for family and friends. The sun shone! The glass sparkled! All spaces were explored with great curiosity and enjoyment! The photographs say it all …

A balcony out the Back

The balcony provides a large amount of weatherproof undercover storage at the back of the house. It’s supported by three steel posts, and will incorporate salvaged tiles and balustrading.

Most of the work was completed over a four week period (January-March 2017) with Craig working with Adam and John so it was 90% complete by Easter 2017.

  • Back of the house - ready for Balcony!

The Shed

Ahoy me hearties! Now winter is over we’ve finally got the lovely days we need to crack along outside.. and with the assistance of Adam, and HelpXers Kyle and Aron, Craig now has this beautiful shed up and ready for work.

An excellent panorama of the shed layout.
An excellent panorama of the shed layout.

It has a magnificent outlook to the south (thanks to enormous salvaged toughened glass window from Craig’s collection) and to the north (thanks to excellent rollerdoor donated by Wally Shiels). A couple of salvaged French doors give such an elegant styling, but are also practical solutions to let in the light, and to get longer timber onto the cutting bench!

All in all a great leap forward, because ALL the tools that were living in the living room, now have a home in the Shed.

… which means that soon, we can do some tiling!

  • Site office will soon be dismantled to make way for a shed/workshop

The old web site

Craig had a pretty good web site (called Craig’s building site) from 2006 to 2013. We have started this new web site and will eventually migrate the old site over here too… just another thing to get around to… eventually….