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These 5 plans tell the story of how a house changes over time. It's part of my current project at the Elliston estate, Rosanna.
1. 1965 – T1 Terrace
This 3 bedroom house plan by architect Graeme Gunn is the T1 Terrace House, the smallest of 3 versions commissioned by Merchant Builders. This elegant, linear house plan is an early example of ☀️passive solar design & was built at both the Winter Park & Elliston estates.🌿
2. 1972 – Elliston Estate
Merchant Builders offered home purchasers the opportunity to customise their standard plans in a 1 hour consultation with the architect. So, in 1972, the new owner of this Finlayson Street block chose the T1 plan but requested the addition of an external storeroom in lieu of the porch to the master bedroom. This modification made the front facade less articulated. 😔 Also, because this site has an eastern street frontage, the T1 plan means that the 'front' door is hidden half way down the southern side boundary! 😳
3. 1987 – 1st Alteration + Addition
15 years later, the original owner extended the rear of the house with 1 large new bedroom, while demolishing the internal walls of the 2 children's bedrooms! The result is a 2 bedroom house with lots of living space, which apparently suited the adult couple living there.
4. 2019 – 2nd Alteration + Addition
Last year the house changed ownership for the first time in 46 years...to the couple who had been living next door for over 20 years! Their design brief was to make this house their 'forever home': with 3 bedrooms + study, improve energy efficiency, & to retain or reuse as much of the existing materials as possible. This design also (re)introduces articulation to the front facade & relocates the 'front' door to the actual front!
5. 2049 – Future Adaptation?
My clients also asked about possible future adaptations to the current design. 🔮 For example, this speculative plan considers how the house might be internally arranged one day to suit 2 small households that are independent or semi-independent of each other.