SCOTT MORRIS ARCHITECTS
This 110-year-old, 240-square-metre original Victorian farmhouse underwent an addition and renovation that
increased its size to 410 square metres. It is now a fully accessible home for an active family of four living 21stcentury
The addition addresses specific needs while maintaining the integrity and style of the existing house. The design
features of the addition are consistent with the original architectural features, making a seamless transition.
Rising to the challenge of making this country house wheelchair accessible meant approaching the house with a
fresh perspective. The new floor plan allows for a barrier-free zone allowing maximum independence in a beautiful
environment with no resemblance to institutional spaces.
Porch and roof patterns are repeated, the addition is gabled and the chimneys are kept in line along the rooftop, in
keeping with the home’s original style. After that, it was just a matter of paying attention to the details. The exterior
brickwork, windows and gingerbread trim as well as interior floor finishes, paint colours and door and window trims
all match the originals. The bedroom wings are extra large for ease of wheelchair movement and a caregiver’s
presence without the feeling of being crowded. The plan also incorporates a huge media room with fireplace and
ample floor space for entertaining and relaxing.
New landscaped gardens and gently sloping bricked pathways provide easy access to a house that promotes
independent living within a beautifully restored and maintained traditional setting.
Front view: original house and addition
Back view: addition and original house
View from new deck behind garage
Living room and Den
Photography: Philip Castleton
Source: 100 country houses : new rural architecture / editor: Beth Browne. Published in 2009 by
The Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd