Fingal Beach House Renovation

HIA Awards 2011 - Renovation Winner

With growing pains occurring in the 1950's beach shack and the kids not looking like moving out anytime soon, it was time for this family to expand their beach home.

The secret to any good renovation is to make it look like there hasn't been one by blending the old with the new. This has been achieved well from the mix of weatherboard style cladding to both new and old.

The addition has added a main bedroom suite with ensuite and spacious WIR, open plan lounge, dining and kitchen all under a spacious volume raked ceiling and a new laundry. The living area opens up onto a wide board timber deck through bi-folding doors with a raked glass panel over.

The deck feels like your in a tree canopy the way that it sits into surrounding native coastal bush landscape. With the smart use of large louvre windows, the need for airconditioning was not essential as the prevailing ocean breezes will be captured well through good cross flow ventilation. The entry, kitchen and living areas look into an enclosed courtyard created between the old beach shack and new renovation.

The clients have challenged the senses by using a bold red in the courtyard, complementing the asian style garden.

It's been a win-win with the parents packing their bags and waving goodbye to the kids as they move into the new wing and the teenage kids gaining some space and privacy in the old beach shack.