I own (and am reluctantly selling) my John and Phyllis Murphy designed house in Camperdown, in Victoria's western volcanic plains. It was designed in 1954 and built in 1957. Consultants have described it as 'post WWII Modern'. It's built with fibro cladding, alum roof and concrete stumps; very minimalist. I call it my architecturally designed shed'. I love it.
The place sits on the side of Mount Leura - a volcanic scoria cone - on the edge of town. It has uninterrupted northward views of the western plains. Grazing Fresian cows are the only obstruction of the view. You can see Mount Buninyong (90km away) near Ballarat on a clear day. Behind the house is a service road to the Princes Hwy with a 3km-ish long avenue of Elms in between. Over the road from the Elms is parkland and some housing and forming a backdrop to this is Mount Leura. Im reluctant to sell, but
The place has a heritage overlay. Heritage Advisor to Corangamite Shire, Samantha Westbrooke has provided a pre-application advice. I can provide this on request (file size is too big for attachments on this forum - and prob this posting too!)
Im posting with the double intent of trying to flog the joint but also, if I fail to sell it Id like to share ideas about design of the house because Im keen to make some extensions and do some landscaping. Im a horticulturalist and permaculturalist (and now a teacher) and have some knowledge of sustainable design. My idea would be to extend northwards with lots of glass atria at the ground level and a more solid structure at the second level and beneath it where the view would not be obstructed. I would connect existing outbuildings by extending the atria between them. The atria would maintain views but also bring my landscaping into the atria, enhancing the openness and sense of being a large and natural living space. These atria will abut the living space of the existing house and work to merge the two, but hopefully the glassiness of the extension will serve not to obstruct the presence of the existing house while still bringing the two abodes close together. The atria would mesh with the landscaping that would run down the western side of the house - on the opposite side of the solid extensions - and brush past and within the atria. The landscaping would cross the glass barriers by using the same stone on each side of the glass. Glass would open to the outside. The atria would be able to be closed off from the existing house. Hopefully some solar gain could be made from the atria. I picture large, heavy, exposed, used timbers, dry stone walls, lots of glass, vines and palms, slats, angled roofs, maybe slate, maybe split level, stone paving, Japanese/Indigenous/volcanic stone-style landscaping, raised beds, food production, keeping the existing fruit trees and restoring the
existing glass house.
Samantha has suggested I look at Butterpaper as a forum for heritage matters. Im not sure what to expect. I welcome any comments on design or inquires on the house.
I'll try to attach plans and images soon (file size limitations = prob), otherwise just ask...