Get MuddyAs summer officially came to an end this week and the kids headed back to school for most of the country, one could easily assume playtime was over. WRONG! Hurricane Isaac has wrecked havoc on much of our southern Gulf Coast brethren, and it has dumped high humidity and high rainfall on the entire Southeast over the past week. For those outside the destructive zone, however, Isaac has given us one last gasp at the freedom of summer. Sure, you could use the weather as an excuse to spend your weekend inside watching a new batch of ski-movie trailers, but you don’t need a guide for that. Seize the last, fleeting straws of summer vacation and get outside.Nothing epitomizes the innocence of childhood like a baby slapping their palms in a puddle or sticking a fist-full of mud into their mouth – at least, we hope it’s mud. Recapture this exuberance, hit the trail, and get muddy. Bike tires can rip up the trail, but shoes are much more forgiving. Hit the Jacks River Trail in the Cohutta Wilderness for some wet weather action.View Larger Map
The home was a historic Queenslander.Associate professor at University of Queensland Antony Moulis said creative solutions would be needed as more people move to the inner-city.“We call it an infill development, it is about finding these spaces in the city where elements can be added in discreet ways,” Mr Moulis said.It was built to the side of a corner block home in Brisbane’s West End on an interwar period house that is protected by a character overlay.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago The single room design can be used in a variety of different ways.The ‘One room’ design is an open layout so that people can find many different uses for the space to suit their needs.“It could be a studio, it could be a recreational space, it could be a home office,” he said. University of Queensland one room towerThe One Room Tower was built last year and since its construction it has been used to inspire builders and architects on the possibilities in the inner city.(Photos courtesy of Christopher-Frederick-Jones) Infill developments could help us better use our booming inner-city suburbs.While there are protections on the development on many historic inner city homes in Australia’s capital cities, many historic Queenslander homes have been raised up to increase space.While this might be allowed even under restrictive protections and character overlays, he said it changed the look of historic homes.“What the raising of the house does is it tends to drastically change the form of the house and create a full two storey home,” he said.“It is not necessarily keeping the character of the Queenslander house.”The infill developments could be used as a way to increase the space on a property, while still keeping historic homes in their original form. FUTURE LIVING: A single room home could be a blueprint for how we live in our popular suburbs in the future.AN AWARD winning house in Brisbane could be the answer to increasing density in our inner-city suburbs without destroying character. The One Room Tower is a creative extension built next to a character home in Brisbane’s West End. The clever design and creative use of the small amount of space resulted in the team behind it winning the 2018 Brisbane House of the Year at the Australia Institute of Architects’ 2018 Queensland Regional Architecture Awards. The design and construction was the work of researchers and alumni from UQ Architecture and Phorm architecture+design.