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In 1885 Theo Handtke, a seller of oil paints from eastern Germany, bought several acres of land in Adelaide, South Australia, where he built his dream home. Today, the house still looks like something of a cuckoo in an Australian nest, more like a hunting lodge in the Black Forest than a suburban home.

Our firm has the job of restoring some of the building’s lavishly decorated verandahs and balconies, and locating a swimming pool, a summer house, a tennis court and a garage in the grounds of the house.

Tennis courts and generally, swimming pools, have no parallel in the late Victorian age or among the somewhat indistinct German origins of the house design, so their design will reflect current best technology and practice.

The garage and the summer house present an opportunity, and a challenge, to design structures which sit well with the style of the house.

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