There were multiple challenges posed throughout the process, with an iterative brief that kept morphing into newer challenges and opportunities;
• The clients run a family farm and live in The Mallee, north-western Victoria, however work brings them regularly to their Melbourne crash pad. With children in boarding school, extended family and friends also needing to be accommodated in groups together or individually, the house needed a multi-modal solution.
• The client’s budget was not immune from the cost pressures of today. With limited renovation resources in place for a home of temporal impermanence today, the house needed to age into a place of temporal permanence for a future tomorrow when they retire from the farm and it will become their main home.
• The house was purchased many years ago as a speculative housing product; with ill-defined living to the ground floor, cramped kitchen, utilitarian stair and generic sense of place. The middle level has a void that brings light to the kitchen that the clients wanted to keep.
• The bedroom level already had three bedrooms and one bathroom, however the planned additional level would add the needed fourth / main bedroom suite and additional outdoor space.