Almost like an apple-green lollipop, one West Launceston house is catching the eye of neighbours and passing motorists alike.
When Robert Gilligan decided to renovate his Brougham Street home he thought it needed a lick of paint on the outside too.
“It’s become known as The Green House,” he said.
“It is a bit of fun, really, but ties in with the way Launceston – and Tasmania – is on the rise.”
After consulting The Paint Shop in Hobart and Paints Plus in Launceston, Mr Gilligan decided on his bright green ombre theme.
“Rob from The Paint Shop gave me two ombre schemes: olive/darker green and bright. I had to go bright,” Mr Gilligan said.
The complete renovation took him four months full time between September and December, and he estimates he used around one 4 litre paint tin for each of the seven green shades.
“People stop me and say it’s great. Others asked me what I was thinking!
“It’s brought me a lot of joy,” he said.
A painter by trade, Mr Gilligan saw his renovation as a way of showcasing his skills while also injecting some fun into his project.
“It’s nice to be at this end of a renovation,” he said.
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Now the house is finished Mr Gilligan plans to start work on an additional dwelling that has been approved at the back of his property.
However, since his ombre green colour scheme has generated so much interest he has considered selling.
City of Launceston general manager Michael Stretton said the council was supportive of Mr Gilligan’s colour scheme for his West Launceston home.
Under council’s planning scheme there are some instances when external house painting would need assessment, he said.
These include “painting a building corporate colours for commercial advertising purposes, painting a previously unpainted surface on a heritage-listed building, and for new work within scenic protection areas”.
“The property in question does not fall into any of these categories,” Mr Stretton said.
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