Today’s home has some great bush garden character and plenty of MCM style in Hampton.
I spent plenty of my childhood in this suburb visiting my grandparents and going for walks along its beautiful streets. The streets of Hampton seem to be so much wider than in other suburbs, allowing large native canopy trees to create some pretty amazing avenues.
This home displays some great features and is set in a great bush garden setting. I don’t know Kyarra Street personally but I can just imagine an avenue of Eucalypts providing dappled shade across the street as you slowly pull your car into the gravel driveway.
The home is listed as a Fasham Johnson home and while this name did ring some bells, I really didn’t know anything about this company (before today that is). Fasham Johnson was created by Trevor Fasham in 1972 “when still in his 20s. A lifelong advocate of contemporary design, he was a proponent of environmentally sensitive housing long before it became fashionable.” (‘The family way’, The Weekly Review 15/03/2012)
So while environmentally sensitive design was a dominant character of Australian mid-century homes going right back to the 1950s, I guess it possibly wasn’t to everyone’s tastes or the most popular way to build. Looking back and admiring MCM homes and design against all forms of contemporary building methods, it is hard to see why these homes couldn’t have been fashionable!
Although the roof beams have been painted, the timber panel ceiling has thankfully remained in its original natural state throughout most of the home.
The natural materials continue into the kitchen with what looks to be slate tile flooring and there hasn’t been a gaudy 80s or 90s kitchen renovation to ruin the aesthetic!
The outdoor entertaining area sits to the north of the home and a simple pergola provides additional protection from the sun to the windows that run the length of the north wall.
While the trees and existing garden to the rear are not necessarily natives, I still get a great sense of an Australian bush garden with this property. Maybe it’s the rustic shed and cubby in the shade of the trees, or maybe it’s just some very talented work by the agent’s photographer!
My grandparents still live in Hampton. I really should visit them more often.