The Recycled Home

within Visionary Design Development

Melbourne Affordable Housing

 Recycling the (existing) home: Affording the planet….

Our design concept is based on the idea that housing cannot be affordable, neither for us nor for the planet, if it is not accessible for all. Recycling the existing built environment will positively contribute to our natural environment – by building less – when designing for ageing in place and multi-generational living.

Melbourne has been listed as the most liveable city in the world (2011 – 2018) but steadily declining housing affordability has contributed to urban sprawl with concomitant poor access to public amenities, lack of vibrant communities, and reduced urban forestation. Melbourne’s middle-ring south-east suburbs with their excellent access to wide-ranging services are desired by many families to grow and, later, for the older generation(s) to age in place. The existing housing stock within these suburbs along with mature tree cover and substantial gardens provide both distinct and eclectic street character. Unfortunately, desirability comes with an affordability price-tag. Thus, our concept of affordability is to retain the existing external shell of a house and create an adaptable internal layout to make it accessible for diverse users; this also allows us to become socially responsible in considering our natural environment. Retaining the external and redefining the internal to make it accessible for diverse users allows us to address long term affordability in these desirable, well-located, and well-services suburbs. 

We have developed a design process which can be replicated within this housing typology which is considerate of sustaining our planet – REUSING OUR EXISTING HOUSING STOCK – retaining the exterior and re-designing the interior to suit a family, multiple generations, everyone!