Kerry Mulley and Judi Shepherd are avid collectors of things with a history. They’ve got a keen eye for indigenous artifacts from all around the world and are always on the lookout to add to their ever growing collection.
After travelling extensively through the Santa Fe region in the United States, they fell in love with the handcrafted Adobe building style. They loved the look and feel of the thick natural clay rendered walls and exposed timbers. So inspired were they, that when they decided to split their battleaxe block and build another home, it had to be an Adobe – a rare slice of New Mexico on their bushy block at Hornsby Heights, an hour from Sydney’s CBD.
It took 10 years to find the specialists to bring their Adobe concoction to life. Designer Andrew Minter and builder Peter Bertuleit share the couple’s passion for the style plus Peter has a vast collection of recycled timber and corrugated iron – natural materials used to construct the frame and cladding before covering the entire surface with clay render.....and that clay is simply any old mud found on the side of the road that’s mixed with additives and then hand trowelled inside and out.
This is a one of a kind construction and Kerry and Judi are so trusting of Peter the builder, that whatever he says goes and that includes making last minute changes to the plans....and there are lots of those made on the fly.
But their biggest challenge comes in the form of an unexpected and immovable obstacle they discover runs right through the centre of what will be their lounge room. A sewer line would be enough to bring most people undone....but not Kerry and Judi. They have a plan to incorporate it into the design of their home grown Adobe.