DESIGN INITIATIVE 05
NORTH EAST VICTORIA
LOT AREA: 6051M2
INTERNAL AREA: –
EXTERNAL AREA: –
A special selection this week: A Cattleman’s Cottage in North East Victoria that burnt to the ground in the bushfires on 30/31 December 2019. The demolition crew has only just removed the destroyed home last week after a long and stressful process.
The cottage was on approximately 2 acres and had been in the family for 20 years, shared by siblings and accommodating their families over the years, with anywhere from one couple to 8 families staying on the property at a time. Power & water around the outside of the property accomodated caravans and tents when all of the families were there during holiday periods, using the cottage and outdoor area as the pivot point.
The cottage was made up of 1 bedroom, a large lounge with fireplace, kitchen with fireplace, bathroom, outdoor toilet, a front & rear verandah and had a high pitched roof. There was also a large outdoor kitchen with a fireplace, tables & benches, plus a construction shed with 2 toilets and 2 bathrooms - and this structure is still standing & operational.
The best thing about the cottage was the space, location andappliances. The view of the mountains & the creek which was only 50metres away, the bbqs, cook top and kitchen amenities.
The cottage could be hard to use as it was storing a lot of household items from the elements. It had no heating besides the fireplace & wood was scarce so it became very cold in winter. The bathroom was outside on the rear veranda & the toilet away fromthe house.
It would be great to include 2 bedrooms, maybe 3, with open plan kitchen/meals & living area. A bathroom would be great with a toiletbut being close to the creek we know this could be difficult with septic issues. A verandah at the front & rear of house would be great similar to the original cottage, as well as the outdoor living area.
The demolition crew has left the outdoor kitchen concrete slab but removed all fireplaces.
LOT AREA: 6051M2
INTERNAL AREA: 298M2
EXTERNAL AREA: 5753M2
The original modest cattlemans’ cottage on a sloping block to a creek in north west Victoria was burnt to the ground on New Years’ eve last summer. The outdoor kitchen was the pivotal gathering space for Rhonda and her extended family when they came to stay. With the insurance contractor only just demolishing the house and clearing the site in recent weeks, the block is bare and burned bush land with no more than a concrete slab remaining from where the kitchen once was.
The new design seeks to reference those favourite spaces for family gathering, with a long wrap around veranda, the new footprint is oriented similarly to the old, facing north, on the elevated section of the block so services may be installed without interfering with the creek.
A new driveway and forecourt is proposed, and the front entry point forms the centre of the house’s axis, where views are framed looking north through a large window and east to the end of the hall that separates two wings of the house. Dividing the building in this way allows energy use for heating to be controlled and used efficiently.
The brief allowed for at least three bedrooms, and while the design encompasses four altogether including the master, the bedroom wing could be adjusted to suit the budget, then added to over time. In the past the families have brought caravans to site, so a large open plan kitchen and living space has been designed to accommodate many people, overlooking a deck to the east with an outdoor kitchen and outdoor fireplace that not only will be an atmospheric space in the cooler months, but references the kind of cooking and gathering spaces that the families so enjoyed at the house before the bushfires.