In 2014, Baldasso Cortese were approached by a young family who owned a double-fronted weatherboard Victorian cottage in the picturesque suburb of Middle Park. The house and layout had remained relatively untouched, and whilst it served them well for many years, a growing young family of 2 energetic boys and 1 photogenic cat meant that it no longer suited their needs. The house was a series of traditional spaces, a single small bathroom doubling as a laundry, and a south-facing living area. Whilst it retained original charm and architectural features, the house had little connection to the outside environment and provided no opportunity for the parents or kids to retreat to their own space. In addition, heating/cooling and lighting systems were old, culminating in a house which did not respond to modern day family needs.