The architect and his wife are looking forward to having the beautiful home they built in their backyard restored by the National Gallery of Victoria.
Michael and Christine Maitland of the Hanging Gardens, near Perth, said they had no idea what they were getting themselves into.
They said they would like to keep the home, which was built in the 1930s, and the neighbouring house and shop, which are both still in use, for the rest of their lives.
“It’s an amazing thing to be able to say to the world that this is where we grew up and we’ve done our best and our passion,” Mr Maitlands said.
But they were not satisfied with the work.
The couple said they needed more space to work.
“It needs to be bigger,” Mr Boulton said.
“We just don’t want to have to work at all,” Mr Gilden said.
The house was built on the site of the former Hanging Garden, which is now a park.
The couple have lived in the home for over 20 years and have had the opportunity to enjoy the garden for many years.
There is now space to add another kitchen, a swimming pool and a playroom.
The new home also has an entry and access gate and a garden fence.
Mr Maitles said they wanted to keep a sense of continuity with the family home.
”It’s not a big house,” Mr Hocken said of the new home.”
But it’s got a lot of character and a lot going on.