Discover the inspiring interiors of this Australian self-build

Take a tour of the bold and dramatic interiors of this modern self build.

By Hugh Metcalf | 21 May 2020

While this self-build may appear minimalist from the outside, this contemporary exterior belies surprisingly characterful interior design.

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Image: Lauren Bamford 

After one too many night’s spent in her husband’s childhood room when visiting family in the city of Hobart, Australia, Laura Bamford had the idea to self-build a home from home, that she could also offer as a unique rental experience.

The resulting home, Slow Beam, resulted from the couple collaborating with Sarah Trotter of Hearth Studio, to create a property that contrasts modern architecture with the rugged native bushland of the area.

Bold design

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Image: Lauren Bamford

Where interiors in modern self-builds can often be understated to leave room for the architecture to breathe, Slow Beam’s approach is bold and dramatic. It demonstrates a way for characterful interiors to supplement striking architecture – the black interiors envelop to highlight the stunning exterior view, while vibrant colour and playful colour offers a foil to the rustic, earthy colours of the surrounding landscape. 

Hidden delights

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Image: Lauren Bamford 

Located on a steep hill, large picture windows offer sweeping views of the waterfront city, without sacrificing privacy. To the side elevation of the property, and exposed window promises a glimpse of the exciting interiors in the bold-walled bathroom.