Built on Memories

“Little Woodbine” is a nostalgic farmhouse rural retirement residence, a link to one man’s life on the land as a wool classer, tractor buff, timber-worker and family man. It is also a tribute to a special father and son connection – two like minds -working together to achieve a goal

The property is the new home to recently retired seventy five year old widower Geoff Hamilton purposely designed by his architect son Justin Hamilton, director of Newcastle-based Schreiber Hamilton Architecture. For Justin this was not one of his usual contract commissions this project was one much closer to his heart.

“I knew from the onset that I wanted to design Dad a home which he richly deserved, one that reflected his character, his life’s journey, and one he could connect with instantly and feel comfortable living in. The house was built to meet his limited budget, is low in energy consumption, low in maintenance, and yet has room for his visiting friends and family members.”

The country-style post and rail fence around the farmhouse, fitted with a traditional farm gate opens onto a sweeping gravel driveway leading to a triple door large farm shed at the rear which truly completes the picture. The resultant design offers a simple, affordable holistic design for a modern rural retirement lifestyle. Externally the design is reminiscent of a past era, yet the interior reflects modern/country…

Story Marilyn Collins. Images Murray McKean Photography & Schreiber Hamilton Architecture.