The client’s brief was for a ‘Minimalist’ style of holiday home that was very cost effective. The design takes advantage of a triangular corner block, placing the holiday home on the part of the site that achieves the best views, sun, and ventilation. The site also contains an adjacent ‘granny flat’ rental and the garage for the holiday home.
The design features a roof terrace that has 360 degree views of the ocean and surrounding suburbs. The holiday house is full of features, in particular is the custom hardwood and steel stair beside the 2 storey glass solar wall, allowing natural sun deep into the building keeping it warm in winter, while clever shading keeps the sun out in summer. Picture windows take full advantage of the views on the second level. A ‘honed’ concrete slab is an affordable option to a full polished concrete, but still obtains a smooth, hard-wearing contemporary finish for the ground floor. A simple kitchen is designed with ceasarstone tops and cabinets from a hoop-pine ply creating the beach side feel.
This feature filled home was co-designed with the client. The owner brought in a design he liked and described the features. This design however, didn’t maximise either the site or the local environment. After some tailoring, a new plan layout was created which embodied all the features the owner wanted to incorporate.
When the Dewdney’s purchased their home, they discovered a large, under-utilised basement area. Their wish-list was to have a bar area, pool room and home theatre room, connected to the upper living area via a spiral stair, but separated from the noise. The final result is spectacular, although technically difficult to achieve, with under-pinning existing footings, achieving waterproofing, termite proofing and drainage in an exceptionally narrow space, re-piping plumbing, acoustic insulation, custom designed stairs, custom designed joinery, curved glass block walls and custom lighting design. The results speak for themselves.