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.