The existing residence on this coastal property was perfectly functional, but lacked engagement with its beautiful Bells Beach context.
Working within the existing footprint, Lachlan Shepherd Architects were called on to completely reimagine the house to adopt a ‘casual, resort-style atmosphere.’ The clients envisioned neutral tones that would ‘sink’ into the property’s surrounds, along with expansive verandah areas to appreciate the view.
‘My clients are big entertainers and high on the priority list was a house that felt warm, comfortable, homely, but could also cater for a large number of people at any given time,’ says architect Lachlan Shepherd. ‘The brief was to have a focus on quality, but not appear to be ostentatious.’
In response, the practice designed decks on either side of the home’s central living area, allowing these three zones to become one when opened.
‘We also lifted the ceiling so that a more voluminous internal space could be appreciated’ Lachlan says.
Mid-century modernism was key inspiration for the entire project, as influenced by Lachlan’s training at McGlashan Everist where his uncle, Geoff Saunders, is a director.
‘Geoff designed my childhood home and many of the materials found there are applied throughout this home,’ says Lachlan.
These features include the home’s original timber ceilings and internal brick walls, which have been ‘treated with sand bagging to transform the appearance and neutralise the palette a little,’ Lachlan says. Recycled timber, glass, and subdued steel cladding complete the relatively minimal material palette.
Adding to the home’s cosy feel is the very liberal placement of seven fireplaces (four in the main house, and two in the outdoor area) throughout!
Since the home’s completion last year, neighbours have expressed regret they passed up the opportunity to buy this home when they had the chance.
Lachlan says, ‘One of them said they couldn’t possibly believe that the original house could be turned into something so special, and had they had known, they would have bought it!’