Meroo Meadow
January, 2013

A family home on a working farm just north of Nowra, this house needed to be brought into the 21st Century. Constructed in the early 80s the house was already out of date with a strong 70s character. Good bones and an amazing site with views over the property to nearby Camberwarra Mountain laid the foundation for an amazing transformation.

The brief required transforming the existing garage into a master bedroom suite as a more practical separate structure would house the vehicles. Living spaces were to be better connected and have improved access to sunlight and the views. A mud room would be added to the rear for entry after farm work. All existing spaces should be given a new life that reflects better the young family's needs and finishes should be robust and child friendly. On top of this a style upgrade to the exterior and improvements to the environmental sustainability of the home to reflect current best practice. All for a modest budget.

The most powerful change conceived was to remove both the front porch and part of the rear porch to afford more light and views. New external cladding, windows, roofing and deck would meet the brief for practical purposes and vastly improve the look of the home. Internally the low ceiling over the dining and kitchen space is removed along with every second truss creating a large and interesting volume of space that is better lit through a combination of skylights and larger north facing openings. A solid "chimney" element is introduced centrally to provide heat, a focal point and externally to help break up the scale of the long roof.

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