Additions to a mid-90s two storey beach house provide a transition to modern 5 star lifestyle living. An eclectic mix of natural stone, polished concrete, wood, bagged brickwork in a deep mauve grey with some plum coloured vertical elements that match the stove doors of the Aga in the outdoor room, contribute to a unique style that the owners love. The house is designed to cater for six adult children and is the new hub for family gatherings. Included in the lower floor plan is a large spa room with vaulted timber panelled ceilings multi-fold doors that can open up the room linking it to the outdoors. The indigenous garden designed by James Ross provides beautiful natural environment punctuated by unique rust sculptures created by Matt Hill. The owners share the site with their three dogs and a few wild rabbits. On top of the main gable of the old house sits a copper Cupola that the owner purchased in Maine, USA ,twenty odd years ago which he carted around in cardboard box until he found the right place to put it and now it has a home!
Houses that reflect their natural environment and its geological features, constructed from natural materials such as rammed earth, hay bale, natural stone, and timbers from managed forests. These houses were designed as a reflection of the owner's dreams and their intuitive sense of the land that they had chosen to be their home. Using natural developed shapes such as; hyperbolic paraboloids that can be created using straight timbers gradually inclined, metal roofs that can bend enough on their own, and post and beam structures that allow organic material infills-materials that have great insulating properties, and in combination with thermal mass elements such as concrete floors, stone or rammed earth walls, and natural air flow to higher windows that allow hot air to escape in summer.
Art Deco 1920's duplex with eclectic contemporary additions at the rear providing light and space while still respecting the original house and the owners decor style. Some architectural elements were brought through to link the existing modern influences from inside; entrance hall and living room including black wallpaper, black painted walls below the picture rails in juxtaposition to the art deco style. 75x75 black textured tiles on the outside of the addition and also at the front entry perpetuating the repitition. Northern light was brought into the house with Velux roof windows that are also screened for insects and hot summer sun, and being operated by a hand held remote can pivot open to release hot air, and combined with screened air vents in the floor provide passive air cooling when needed.
Old brick veneer transformed to contemporary elclectic modern style