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Tranmere House: Pintoresca Place

Merlin Constructions was approached near completion of the design stage, providing advice on methodology and cost analyses. After much consultation between the client, builder, architect (Matt Williams Architects) and engineer (JSA Engineers), the design was finalised, leading onto construction.

During the build, we came up against rock excavation which dramatically slowed the process, particularly around construction of the ‘seemingly detached’ indoor pool. A significant amount of structural steel was required, including several rolled beams to suit the curves and angles created in this design. The use of newly released, unique products required extensive research and building knowledge to deliver this project.

Externally, the design incorporates large expanses of double-glazed windows, split-faced blocks, lots of highly charactered spotted gum cladding and natural travertine stone. Internally, subtle proportions of curved walls, refined joinery, the use of Tasmanian oak floors and exquisite bathroom tiles are used bringing this house to life. This project engages passive solar design principles and provides excellent thermal efficiency.


Roof: Trimdeck 0.42MT (Surfmist)
Cladding: Mortlock 133mm Spotted Gum Shiplap profile (Cutek cd50)
Pool and external Paving: 30 mm Travertine Stone
Blockwork: Austral Limestone Split Face blocks

Special features

Custom indoor pool room
Windows: Capral Floor-to-ceiling Double Glazed window system
Timber floors: 19mm Tas Oak tongue and groove flooring
Pool ceiling: Renhurst perforated ceiling system


Matt Williams Architects
Lucid Photography
JSA Engineers
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