stripped and ready for repairs & tuckpointing
Robert Miles operates the practice from an 1858 bluestone building in South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
The studio office is undergoing gradual restoration, since purchase in the late 1990's, with the exterior now complete.
The south wall has been rebuilt from the ground up, due to the ballooning caused by the long term effect of weather exposure on the stone joints, which were constructed without cement in the mortar.
The rotted timber picket fence has been replaced with a period style cast iron fence, which sits on a vaulted round-top bluestone base, commissioned from a Port Fairy quarry. The return verandah has been raised to meet the first floor string course, improving the proportions and allowing greater light penetration to the ground floor. It is built with concave sheets of galvanised steel sheet, flashed with lead to follow the curve in keeping with the period. The dissimilar metal is kept isolated from the main roof which has been replaced with corrugated zincalum.
Dwarf liquidamber trees replace the over-sized wattle which blocked light and cracked walls, returning a controlled formality to the small front garden.
rotted verandah removed, ready for stripping