I love a large verandah. Well, who doesn’t? A large verandah maximises outdoor space all year round, providing shelter from the cold in winter and shade in the summer months.
For this Australian project by Adrian Bonomi Architect, the verandah faces onto a courtyard, providing a lot of privacy and yet making it accessible to everyone who lives there. It’s designed as a peaceful summer residence for a retired couple. There’s a studio for art, a workshop for music, and all of these living areas have a strong open connection to the garden.
The exterior cladding is timber, but unusually it adopts a dark stain. The cedar doors and wood environment keep the warmth of wood, but add more of a sophistication to its design.
The internal structure is recycled painted brick and stone. Some of this brickwork is visible with the built-in barbecue area on the verandah, that shares a wall with the chimney flute for the internal hanging fireplace.
As a beach house, it offers ease of access and a laid back feel. You are unencumbered by walls, and materials feel natural, complimenting the seaside setting.
One of the biggest challenges with the project was to maintain privacy from the outside, while keeping it bright and allowing in sun on the inside of the property.
The style of furniture is a blend of choices, with an overarching theme for relaxation as you’ll notice the furniture is quite low slung and laid back.
Given that it’s a summer house, the design allows for it to be breezy, doors open to allow for a light gust to pass through the home.
One of my favorite photos from this Australian summer beach house tour is this one. Open shelving can make or break how comfortable you feel in an environment, but in this home plates and bowls, glasses, and ornaments are all neatly stacked and ready for use. The blend of wood, ceramics, and metal are at ease with one another. Lighting is well placed for the dining room and kitchen bar area.
The home is a great combination of height and setting each area up, making it a gorgeous space to be. With doors wide open and the sunshine streaming, both the inside and outside areas of the summer beach house are ready!
If you’re looking to tour through some of our top articles from Australia, I urge you to check out the Sticks and Stones cottage in Sydney. Just like this one, the cottage has blended timber cladding with a complete brick structure that adds texture to the home.
Read more about Australian mythology translated into curious home design, in our artist interview with Trent Jansen.
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