Time to retreat and take ‘a pause’

Building a home that takes care of your wellbeing


Interior designer Simone Mathews and builder husband, Ben, Director of BAM Constructions had a clear vision when they embarked on their journey to create a unique take on an Australian Coastal retreat for guests to enjoy.

According to Simone, the key to creating the getaway sanctuary was all in the styling and choice of building materials required to get the look.

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The interior is a warm white, supported by brass accents that offer a sleek, clean and understand look. An open-plan kitchen and living area provides a sociable place for guests to commune, with an outdoor dining area that can be enclosed if necessary, becoming an extension of the indoor space.


What was equally important to the look, though, was the durability of the building materials. “Holiday properties can’t be precious, and with The Pause, we wanted it to be a family friendly getaway so selecting hard wearing materials was at the forefront of my mind. We used Gyprock Superchek plasterboard throughout the whole house. Being a holiday rental property, durability and noise control were of utmost importance” says Simone.

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“The arches were the hero of the guest bedrooms. They were made to create different zones such as the bedroom, the wardrobe area and the ensuite while also giving the sense of space. Using Superchek made the job really easy as you can just cut the plasterboard to the shape,” Simone says.


One of Simone’s favourite aspects of the build was the feeling of opening the antique timber doors, overlooking the oversized hallway and instantly feeling calm like you’re on holiday. “We’ve really tried to adapt a simple approach as the design of the build and the styling is enough to give it that ‘wow’ factor,” says Simone.

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BLOCK 2020


The walls of our homes tell the stories of our lives. This year, they will tell the story of The Block. We here at Gyprock Living are so excited to be involved with The Block 2020 season.