|This is a collage I did for Mosaic Monday, |
recently I have been looking at architecture, I love the older Australian styles and wanted to show how they have influenced us when we built our home.Yes I wish I could have bought and original old home however in the area we wanted to live in there where very few available and they cost a fortune plus maintenance is a huge factor so we compromised and built brand new.
Our biggest influence was the Federation style home but we have taken a little from all of them, a Verandah was a big must have and is an important part of Australian homes, not just for aesthetics but they help to keep the house cool, and growing up in the 60's and 70's without Air conditioning or insulation in a flat roofed fibro house we slept many a hot night on the front Verandah of our home, yes PJ's and all, my Dad would sleep at the entry of the Verandah and my 2 sisters and I would be safe behind him, poor mum of course slept inside in the heat. Nowadays with A/C and swimming pools those summer nights of sitting on the steps talking to the neighbours late into the evening and having an impromptu water fight with the garden hose are just distant memories. I imagine if I tried to get my kids to sleep on the verandah someone would have called the authorities for child cruelty although believe it or not we are in an area that this would still safe to do so.