The Farm: August 2021 – The Tripartite Homestead

Perhaps as foreshadowed by the title of this post, plans for the Farm have progressed since my last update in July. Notably, the design of our home has officially been named by our Architect and we’ve almost progressed the concepts to final stage.

Megowan Architectural

We have our friend and fellow Architect, Amelia Lee of Undercover Architect to thank for recommending us to Christopher Megowan of Megowan Architectural. For now, I’ll simply say that our friend gifted us the greatest favour imaginable when she introduced us to Christopher.

If you’ve read some of the previous blogs about the Farm, you’d be aware that our design brief was quite relaxed. After meeting Christopher we had absolute trust in his professional skills and confidence he understood us, our lifestyle and the challenges and nuances of our regional Victorian property.

Month after month, Christopher and his team have continued to delight us with concepts that even at first stage were near-perfect. There’s something very special about entrusting a team with possibly the most meaningful project of your life and just knowing that your wildest expectations are being exceeded.

The Tripartite Homestead

We have name for our property which is meaningful to us. It’s been our ‘working title’ for the property and once building is complete, we’ll be signposting the property with it’s chosen name.

Delightfully though, Christopher has named the design of our home the Tripartite Homestead and recently shared the following post to explain the design rationale.

Lockdowns be dammed, we’re going regional. Today we presented concepts for the Tripartite Homestead in Kinglake. The design proposes a house composed of three radially arrayed pavilions each requiring varying degrees of privacy and interaction with the surrounding acreage, views and light.

Closest and most accessible to the main road sits a guesthouse, followed by the living spaces and then bookended by the more reflective sleeping and study spaces.

Rolled and raked ceilings slope up to northern clerestory windows which have been implemented to each pavilion to fill the spaces with natural light while lower verandah covered window walls frame remarkable vistas across the Yarra Valley to the south.

Stone and brick walls hang from a united horizontal datum to help curate, enclose and define outlooks while ensuring privacy between the disparate spatial functions within the home. Put another way, it’s going to be an absolutely remarkable forever home for our lovely and trusting clients.”

Christopher megowan

Our concepts are mere tweaks away from progressing to plan stage. Following that, there’s still a little more work to be done before we take the big step in submitting for building approval.

For now, we’re happy to revel in the extraordinary work offered to us by Megowan Architectural and imagine ourselves one day soaking up those Yarra Valley vistas from inside the cosy warmth of our home.

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