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A Happy, No-Fuss Beach House On The Mornington Peninsula

Homes

When looking to buy their first home together, Haydn Green (director of Momentum Building Group) and Lucinda McKimm searched for beach houses with character and the potential to renovate. 

This modest brick house on the Mornington Peninsula ticked all the boxes, while offering plenty of room to extend on its generous block. 

Working with the couple’s close friend, architect Victoria Merrett of Pleysier Perkins, Haydn built a new extension taking advantage of the property’s sunny backyard, without stripping the home of its original charm. 

16th March, 2022

This renovated beach house that celebrates its sunny backyard and happy feel!  Photo – Heidi Shreeve

Haydn Green, director of Momentum Building Group, and Lucinda McKimm bought and renovated together. Photo – Heidi Shreeve

Haydn Green, Lucinda McKimm and their dog Louie. Photo – Heidi Shreeve

Bench stools from Circa Sixty & Co. Kitchen joinery is birch ply laminate from Laminex Beige console from Curated Spaces. Chairs at heads of table sourced by Good Space. Brown leather chairs sourced by @midcenturyco on Instagram.  Table made by Billy Furniture. Photo – Heidi Shreeve

Bench stools from Circa Sixty & Co. Birch ply laminate joinery Laminex. Beige console from Curated Spaces. Chairs at heads of table sourced by Good Space. Brown leather chairs sourced by @midcenturyco on Instagram. Tiles purchased off eBay. Table made by Billy Furniture. Photo – Heidi Shreeve

Birch ply laminate joinery Laminex. Salt and pepper shakers by Hay. Green vase by Iittala . Plates on shelf by Made in Japan. Glassware on shelf by Citta Design. Tiles purchased off eBay. Photo – Heidi Shreeve

Bench stools from Circa Sixty & Co. Birch ply laminate joinery Laminex. Beige console from Curated Spaces. Chairs at heads of table sourced by Good Space. Brown leather chairs sourced by @midcenturyco on Instagram. Tiles purchased off eBay. Table made by Billy Furniture. Posters on back wall by Food For Everyone. Photo – Heidi Shreeve

Birch ply laminate joinery Laminex. Beige console from Curated Spaces. Chairs at heads of table sourced by Good Space. Brown leather chairs sourced by @midcenturyco on Instagram. Table made by Billy Furniture. Photo – Heidi ShreevePhoto – Heidi Shreeve

Coffee table from En Gold. Rattan couch bought on eBay then reupholstered in a wine coloured velvet. Zou Zou Rugs rug. Photo – Heidi Shreeve

Original Featherston chair inherited from Haydn’s aunty. Rug from WeBerber on Etsy. Robe handles by Linear Standard. Bed linen by I Love Linen. Bed by Koala. Lamps by Freedom. Curtains by Life by Shades. Photo – Heidi Shreeve

Bed linen by I Love Linen. Bed by Koala. Lamp by Freedom. Curtains by Life by Shades. Photo – Heidi Shreeve

Rug from WeBerber on Etsy. Towel by Coastal Living. Photo – Heidi Shreeve

Tap by Phoenix Tapware. Tiles by Tile Cloud. Towel from Coastal Living. Photo – Heidi Shreeve

Landscaping (driveway and crazy paving area) by Everything Outdoors Landscaping. Planting/garden Design by Maddie Edmond. Photo – Heidi Shreeve

Landscaping (driveway and crazy paving area) by Everything Outdoors Landscaping. Planting/garden Design by Maddie Edmond. Photo – Heidi Shreeve

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 16th March 2022

‘Overly modern renovations on mid-century, ‘70s, and ‘80s beach shacks make me a little sad, so the main thing was to keep a retro feel throughout.’ 

When Haydn Green, director of Momentum Building Group, and his partner Lucinda McKimm went searching for a house to buy, they looked for homes with character and the option to renovate. 

This brick house in Tootgarook, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, was humble but brimming with potential and a ‘happy’ feel.

‘I think when you are in the throes of going to countless open for inspections, you start to notice that some homes and blocks of land feel a bit sad, and you feel that as soon as you step inside, but this home just felt happy,’ says Lucinda. ‘We loved the original features, the timber ceilings, and the big fig tree out the back.’ 

The potential of the property was immediately obvious to the couple, especially the beautiful backyard, which at the time had no connection to the interiors. ‘The house literally had no relationship to it, with a brick wall running along the rear of the home and cutting off any potential views to the leafy yard,’ explains Lucinda.

The couple approach their friend, architect Victoria Merrett of Pleysier Perkins, for a design solution that would extend the home and connect it better to the garden, whilst celebrating its existing mid century character.

‘Overly modern renovations on mid-century, ‘70s, and ‘80s beach shacks make me a little sad, so the main thing was to keep a retro feel throughout through the use of plenty of timber, textured tiles and mostly second hand furniture,’ says Lucinda.

Overall, Lucinda, Haydn and Victoria have converted what was a ‘gorgeous, but bizarrely oriented’ three-bedroom, and one-bathroom ‘70s brick home into a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home with plenty of character, that embraces its sunny backyard.

‘What we wanted was a cute, no-fuss beach house that we could build on a budget, and that’s exactly what Victoria and Pleysier Perkins designed for us’ says Lucinda. Most importantly, though, the home’s original character and charm has been preserved. ‘For me, the home has maintained it’s shack-like quality’ Lucinda muses. ‘We didn’t lose that feeling, and I think as a result, the space feels easy, light, and happy.’

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