The project started with an existing beach shack in Burrill Lake, a small coastal town south of Ulladulla on the South Coast of New South Wales. The client, an old friend, who I have spent many years visiting for the annual surfing and fishing trip there. It’s located in a beautiful Australian coastal bush setting with Eucalypt growing right to the edge of the lake at the end of the street. Also a short distance from Dolphin Point and the expanse of the Tasman Sea.
The shack was purchased by him in 2007. He renovated it soon after which took 18 months sleeping in a tent in his garage for a slightly longer period than preferred!
Over the last few years, getting married and adding two boys to the group triggered the sudden requirement to enlarge the existing minimal space of the basic fibro. Rather than go up as first discussed, they were convinced to utilize the area to the north of the existing house saving money and time by “building on the ground”.
The design embodies the feel of the classic fibro beach shacks commonly found in the area, simple but a bit abstract utilizing familiar materials. The existing building is opened up to the lush natural vegetation in the streets to the front of the property. The existing bedrooms were removed from within the existing envelope, while the bathroom and kitchen locations were kept but rearranged. The three new bedrooms, study, and ensuite were situated in the new “wing” which was bolted onto the north side of the existing building with a new opening into the area. The addition cups the old house with roof eaves and extended wall nibs at each end overlapping with the old dwelling. Clad in corrugated metal sheet, vertical painted boards, and a new timber batten fascia to the retained eaves linking the two forms.
The interior finishes were carefully selected by the clients that suited the coastal location and worked in with not only with the external finishes but their furniture, artwork, and lifestyle.
The shed at the back was retained but unlike the rest of the house was kept as an homage to the old shacks of the South Coast full off fishing and surfing gear, wetsuits, bikes, and the ping pong table that still gets a workout every week. The only thing packed away in the tent.
A simple solution resulting in a hugely positive outcome!
Location: Wallaroy Dve, Burrill Lake, NSW, Australia
Architect: Jost Architects
Builder: David Gleeson
Photographs: The Evoke Company
Construction Budget: $220,000
Timber Fascias: Vic Ash timber battens
Metal Cladding: Lysaght Custom Orb metal sheet with marine grade Colorbond finish
Lightweight Sheet Cladding: Weathertex Weathergroove Smooth150
Feature Pendant Lighting
Kitchen, Living & Dining – Polk Pendants from Project Lighting
Bedroom – Oriel Acorn Natural Timber light from Temple & Webster
Bathrooms – Rouge Tesla Pendant from Temple & Webster
Living Joinery – VJ Lining board by David Gunn Designs
Shelving nook – Recycled local timber by client
Bathroom Joinery – Recycled local Blackbutt by Ross Wackett of ‘Furniture Not Firewood’
Existing Timber Flooring – Cypress Pine with a lime wash finish by Floor Space Sanding
New Timber Flooring – Select grade Vic Ash
Tiles by TV by AHOY trading
Kitchen – Insitu Concrete slab sealed and polished by Floor Space Sanding
Tap Fittings – Phoenix Toi taps
Bath Deso Halo bath from Swann Plumbing
Sofa – Freedom
Antique Parker recliner – Retro Antiques in Milton
Credenza – Dave Gunn Design
Master bed – Master Lewis
Kid’s cots – Leander
Beanbag in living room – Morocco
Embroidered Cushions in Living room – NicCoco Designs
Cushions on bed – Liberty London
Rug in living room AURugs
Rug in bedroom – Armadillo
Mirror in master bedroom – Global Gatherings Taupe
Tall Mirror, Temple & Webster
Mirror in ensuite – Temple & Webster
Noguchi Coffee Table bought over from UK
living room – Spirited Away by Kirsty Mitchel (white one),
Nude in hallway by Alison Lewis,
Master Bed – Custom Copper Wall Hanging Botanical Boheme from Etsy,
whale bone from juvenile whale washed up on burrill beach,
Woodturner ‘BLAZE 600’ – Sneddons