Grand Designs Australia

This gigantic farm shed is also an indoor garden oasis

This 100m long shed gives new meaning to the concept of indoor-outdoor living - and is a sprawling, cleverly conceptualised agricultural oasis.

Set at the top hillside of a 20-acre block just outside of Daylesford in Victoria - this home is Grand Designs Australia's longest build to date.

The project took a lengthy 6 years to complete - though this was largely due to owners and partners Ronnen Goren and Trace Streeter being dogged and meticulous about not only the look and feel of their home, but also its broader output, and the lifestyle it would eventually create for them. 

Ronnen and Trace decided to ditch their urban lives and big city careers for something more rural. "[Our] vision was to try and amalgamate our passions and find a new life path between the two of us, that met both of our needs, and our wish and desire to mix farming and agriculture with cooking,” explains Rennen.

The plan was for a country shift that would see them farming and living off the land, in a paddock-to-plate style home, that could also become a sustainable, rewarding business. 

And rather than spreading agricultural elements across the block of land, the couple employed architect Timothy Hill to create a superstructure that could house everything their new farm life could entail: from organic vegetable gardens to lodgings for visiting friends, a cooking school, the outdoor elements, and a hoard of delightful alpacas, geese, pigs, hens, cows, and more.  

So, with an ambitious $1.5m budget, Ronnen and Trace planned to build a sweeping shed at the highest point of the property, roughly 110m long - the length of two Olympic swimming pools. 

The shed is made up of a series of corten steel frames and clad in architectural-style corrugated iron. At one end is a thoughtfully designed pen for the animals, which opens out onto a huge garage area. Then there is a two-storey structure designed for guest accommodations.

Next, is a sprawling garden kitchen and indoor oasis, where Ronnen plans to host cooking courses, surrounded by organic crops. The garden area features enormous translucent cloth shade panels, which will help to control the temperature inside. 

And overlooking all this, tucked away at the eastern end and separated by a charming Japanese garden is Trace and Ronnen's private lodging - small but stylish, and insulated to meet passive house standards. 

While the couple were happy to take their time to build something that would exceed expectations, their greatest challenge was in ensuring their home looked like more than just a supersized shed.

The building essentially speaks a strong architectural language and one that's echoed in surrounding farms, peppered with industrial sheds. To overcome this, Ronnen and Trace crowned their home with a 'tiara' of perforated metal sheeting - a trim that would follow the roof line and hopefully soften its harsher edges. The metal sheeting provided an opportunity to be playful with the tough industrial design too. The pattern in the sheeting spells out Daylesford Long House in Morse Code. 

Because Daylesford Long House was a passion project set over a long - almost indefinite - schedule, Ronnen and Trace didn't keep a strict record of their budget, but estimate the total build cost $2m. Even while they went beyond their planned budget - the project is exceptionally unique. The exterior shape is based on the great Aussie shed, but the interior condenses all of the elements of a great agrarian lifestyle, which is layered over with romantic, charming features.

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