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A humble farmhouse built prior to the turn of the
20th century received a contemporary facelift in
Sam Teoh Architects’ latest project.
The rural home had been subject to multiple
additions over the years, which resulted in
a confused layout as the family evolved.
In the recent renovations, rooms have been
rationalised. Living areas, services areas and
bedrooms have been added, transforming it into
a homestead capable of accommodating the
extensive family, when united.
When Sam Teoh Architects came on
board, additions from a previous design had
commenced, but the architects decided to build
on that design, modify it and refine it to better
suit the clients’ brief.
The additions were designed in pods to reduce
the scale of the building, and provide more
structure for its occupants, allowing portions of
the homestead to be closed off when not in use.
During the design and build, Sam Teoh
Architects and Mandurah Homes builders were
respectful of the existing house that had held
sentimental heritage value to the owners for
Minimal work was done to the exterior of the
original dwelling; repairs using similar materials
sourced from the farm were done only where
required to preserve the legacy of the previous
generation. The interiors were refurbished to
include modern-day conveniences, such as
a state-of-the-art kitchen.
Material selection was carefully chosen to
reflect the sensitivity of the previous generations,
durability, functionality, and the current owner’s
vision for the future.
Elements, materials and fixtures, some of which
were hand-built by the previous generation,
were commemorated and reused in the original
parts of the house.
Where possible, materials were recylced
from other retired buildings on the farm,
Photography Andrew Pritchard Photography
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