Violet Hill is an historic working farmhouse in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. The project involved complete refurbishment of the house with various additions and alterations, both to bring it up to contemporary standards and, in particular, to provide for the special needs of the client. The existing house had been built in various stages from the early 19th century through to the mid 20th century, and it was decided to retain historic fabric from all phases wherever possible. The work included several distinct but interrelated elements: a new family room opening off a refurbished kitchen, with attached utility rooms; a new wing housing a housekeeper’s flat, designed to match the existing wing opposite and form a protected courtyard garden; a new internal staircase to provide safe access to the bedrooms upstairs; upgrading an outbuilding to provide a games room, and; extending the existing verandah to provide covered access to the garage and stores. The special needs of the client were due to impaired mobility as a result of medical negligence, and we worked closely with a specialist consultant to achieve the best possible outcome. Construction was completed in 2000.