This home was designed for a retired couple, looking to move from a large property in Sydney to a beachfront block on the Central Coast. Having lived on an acerage for the best part of 30 years, we really worked to make the house as open, light, and inviting as possible. In particular, we wanted to capture the water views, and the house therefore employs large wing structures that open the building out to the water and allow the sea breezes and ocean views to flow inside.
The water view is to the South whilst the best sunlight is from the North, and so this design presented unique challenges to capture the view, whilst still bringing light and thermal heat gains into the home. The parking was accommodated to the rear and house floats out over the driveway to pick up as much of the beachfront views as possible.
With views across Umina Beach, this house opens up at every opportunity to bring as much of the beach, water and sea air into the house as possible.