Rising out from the Mountain

Nestled in the rugged landscape at Glenrowan is Bright Alpine Builders’ most recent masterpiece. With its striking angular roof and mix of raw materials, the house completes the client’s brief: to make a statement.

Steve Graves, Director of Bright Alpine Builders, was involved in this project from the very beginning, jointly visiting the 151-acre vintage orchard with the client even before the decision to purchase the land was made. Together, builder and client worked with Melbourne based FMSA Architecture to develop a design that truly captures the commanding views of the Ovens Valley.

The home is low-maintenance, with a guest retreat and ample space for the family of five to spread out, whilst allowing for everyone to come together in the large open plan living area.

Not short on character, the house connects beautifully with the land, thanks to the striking rammed earth southern wall, Corten Steel lined entrance way and the large scale windows that wrap around the house. Contrasting against the warm tones of the environment and giving it an air of industrial-urban chic, the home utilises the new to market ExoRaw; concrete-look façade panels from James Hardie®.

Inside, the spotted gum beams act like the ribs of the building. Glue-laminated and made to order by Hyne Timber, the beams provide structural support and create a bold feature in the heart of the home.

For Steve, the house provided the buzz that he feeds off. He said, “I like doing things a bit out of the norm, things that other people don’t like doing, which are more challenging.

“The carpenters feed off my enthusiasm which then builds upon their own. On the back of what we’ve achieved with this place, we are look forward to the next project.”

A master of his craft with 25 years of experience, Steve specialises in custom built, architectural homes and commercial projects that create an impact. Having won multiple HIA Building awards, Bright Alpine Builders seeks out building projects which utilise modern building techniques and require a keen level of detail to pull off; all the while maintaining sustainable living outcomes.

With its superior-grade insulation, double glazed windows, rammed earth wall and unconventional design, the Glenrowan house certainly matches Steve’s wish list.

Dahlsens is a proud and longstanding supply partner of Bright Alpine Builders. The Dahlsens Myrtleford team enjoyed the opportunity to work with Steve and the team on yet another one of Bright Alpine Builders’ success stories.

We hope the owners enjoy the home for many years to come!

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