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There are chal­lenges with build­ing – and then there are ‘chal­lenges’. Casey came face-to-face with the lat­ter here. Hol­i­day­ing in the US just as the build be­gan, the fa­ther-of-two was hit by a car and suffered ex­ten­sive in­juries, in­clud­ing frac­tures in his ver­te­brae and mul­ti­ple bro­ken bones. “I was in a wheel­chair for three months and they told me I wouldn’t walk for at least 12 months,” he says. “But I’m walk­ing around now and the house is fin­ished.”

A lot of hands-on work was still to be done and Casey was glad to be part of a crew of peo­ple, in­clud­ing an ar­chi­tect and builder he could trust. With the sup­port of his wife, fam­ily and com­mu­nity, the project ended up ex­actly as they’d imag­ined, al­beit via a dif­fer­ent path­way. “It was def­i­nitely emo­tional when it was fin­ished,” says Casey. “It was like, ‘Wow, we’ve done it!’ It was a jour­ney!”

The build­ing it­self is the re­ward. “We love stand­ing in the court­yard and star­ing through when the doors are open,” says Casey. “You can see the out­side and in­side all in one. It looks beau­ti­ful.” To con­tact Casey, visit kin­wolf.com. For more projects by the ar­chi­tect, visit daw­sonvu.com.au. The builder on this project was Ge­orge Saba from Lovelife Projects – visit lovelife­pro­jects.com.au.

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