Merino Homes Design Challenge 2020
Rebuild Down Under
The team at Merino Homes have partnered up with companies Australia-wide and are offering access to complimentary architectural plans, interior design layouts and briefs to those affected. This initiative was originally put together to support the people devasted by the Black Summer fires but has now evolved to “Rebuild Down Under” helping everyone who has survived all the challenges that 2020 has thrown at us.
This challenge is being put out to all ISCD students for them to design and supply a full interior selections brief for our three home styles, Shed movement, Modern Coastal and Colonial – Old meets new.
Shed Movement is a lifestyle that embraces the current idea of declutter and making the most of every square metre you have. This funky way of living has evolved almost by accident here in Australia. Traditionally people would first build a shed on their property to live in. This allowed them the opportunity to build their dream house in their own time. Once in their shed, people found that it was all they really needed and shied away from investing in another build - they were already home. “Also known as Barn Style, it’s a really practical way of building – it’s quick and can be cost effective.”
Modern Coastal is a fresh new take on beach style. With the use of natural light and soft tones, it produces the breeziness of the beach. Materials are light and breezy too – Colorbond roofing, cladded exteriors with a touch of natural stone. “Everyone wants a Hamptons Home but here in Australia we have our own unique twist on that theme. Modern Coastal is the very best of multiple coastal styles and that’s the difference between a ‘display house’ and a beautiful inviting home.” According to Katherine.
Colonial - Old meets new
Old Meets New is a colonial/federation style home with a nod to modern living. It’s all about building something in a style that has stood the test of time. Classic selections with a focus on comfortable living. “This one really appeals to the people who are building that ‘forever home’. It’s for mature homeowners and anyone that wants the romance of a traditional style home. I mean who doesn’t love a cottage?”