It must be the scorching hot days that are plaguing my part of the world that has me obsessing over beach houses. Normally I’d be happy with a simple shack with a view and a breeze. That is until I see something just a bit more special.
On a rolling site overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this beach house brings together two contrasting ideas – nineteenth century Shingle Style design, and a contemporary preference for material and textural expression over architectural detail. While the exterior captures the local design aesthetic, the interior treats light, space and surface in a distinctly modern fashion.
Compound in the Dunes by Ike Kligerman Barkley.
Photography by Peter Aaron
It sits solidly on the site like the sandstone outcrops which are a feature of the Sydney landscape. This substantial family home at Palm Beach by Bentley Design is evocative of beach side living but not in the sense of driftwood and sea foam, more stone against the wind and spray. Beautiful position, beautiful home to suit.
In collaboration with Ben Vitale of Vitale Design. Photography by Steve Brown.
PLEASE! Please I beg someone with bucket loads of money and bucket loads of good sense, buy this Palm Beach time capsule of a house with a view that is just ridiculous and restore it to its tiki bar, cruise ship, cocktails on the deck former glory. Don’t knock it down and build a McMansion on steroids. PLEASE? For sale here while it lasts. (The drone video is stunning.)
Dear readers please lend me a squillion dollars so I can buy this Pearl Beach house designed in 1963 by architect Brian Mazlin, with restoration and interior design by TFAD in 2010. It takes me back to a simpler time, when beach houses sat nestled in bush surrounds, a glimpse of sea and the sound of crashing waves all the decoration you really needed. Simple, honest, practical and probably way too expensive for me because of its exclusive enclave position on Sydney’s northern beaches. Other than that it’s just too perfect. For sale via Modern House.
A beach house on stilts. Impeccably designed stairs with storage. A book lover’s dream. This beautiful home is creation of Australian architect Luigi Rosselli. Behind the white picket fence on the front street, a circular stair leads to a relaxed timber veranda , ultramarine weatherboards and the original white timber windows make for a breezy, summery house. Bleached interiors reverberate with crisp and clear classical violin practices and hold a myriad of books encased in every wall stud and recess. At the back of the house, facing into a small tropical garden dense with palms and ferns, there is a garden room with a massive sliding shutter that can be secured, and protects the fully furnished room when no one is at home. The stair takes position centre stage in the house, supported by a solid stud wall filled with bookshelves and bathed in natural light.
Design Architect: Luigi Rosselli, Edward Birch
Project Architect: Edward Birch, Irene Brugueras (Joinery)
Interior Designer: Luigi Rosselli, Edward Birch
Builder: Stonewood Construction Pty Ltd
Joiner: Sydney Joinery
Photography: Justin Alexander, Edward Birch