Farrier Island - Coastal Edge Constructions

Farrier Island - Whitsundays

Farrier Island is a privately owned, isolated island in the Whitsundays. Coastal Edge Constructions constructed 2 beach homes and a shed to accommodate a solar power system on Farrier Island for separate clients. The construction was organised for both houses at the same time to reduce freight costs due to the isolated location. All building materials were transported by barge from Shute Harbour, taking over 4 hours on a good day. Smaller building materials and the construction team were transported by Ben's boat from Shute Harbour weekly. When the weather became too dangerous to travel by boat, staff were flown down and back by helicopter or sea plane.

An excavator was transported down first by barge to clear the house sites and prepare for the slabs to be poured. Due to the location, concrete had to be mixed on-site in a concrete agitator so a telehandler and a small crane truck were also transported down by barge followed by 160 tonnes of sand/gravel mix in 1 tonne bags and 30 tonnes of cement.

Construction began using portable generators until the new shed was built and commissioned, complete with a solar system feeding gel packed batteries and a diesel inverter back up generated.

Staff were accommodated in the original dwelling which was built in 1973. Food was organised each week and transported down by boat. A generator was used each night for lighting while the fridges were run by gas.

Both buildings were designed and constructed to withstand the harsh elements that the island faces yearly. The house on the northern end of the Island was constructed of concrete, stone, glass and timber. The large open spaces required the perimeter beams to be constructed from laminated Tasmanian Oak while the rafters were dressed Kwila. The stone was hand-picked from the basalt quarry in Bowen, Queensland. The beach house has 2 sets of sliding doors leading outside. The sliding doors are constructed from solid timber for added security when the island is vacant and also to withstand any possible cyclones. When these doors are opened, they are stacked back into wall cavities to be totally hidden to allow the timber framed glass doors to take in the beautiful view.

The house on the southern end of the Island was constructed using galvanised steel posts and beams, timber frames, timber roof trusses with a coloured aluminium external cladding called "Alucobond". This cladding is made to withstand the harshest elements. The front half of the house is totally open with glass sliding doors that slide into cavities leaving only the screen doors remaining. This part of the house is secured by aluminium awnings fitted with gas struts and sheeted with Alucobond cladding. When the awnings are open, they form an additional roof around the front and sides of the house and when they are packed away, they form an excellent security feature. This beach house has 2 bedrooms, a central bathroom and a beautiful rosewood timber kitchen with granite bench tops.

These projects took close to 36 weeks to complete. It was a very challenging project but one Coastal Edge Constructions walked away from with great satisfaction.