"To improve the existing dwelling and heighten the connection
between the interior and exterior spaces. To enhance the view
toward the ocean where possible and provide more relaxing spaces
conducive to a life by the sea."
Even though located on a sloping site overlooking One-Mile Beach
in Forster NSW, the architectural layout of the existing home did
not make the most of it's idyllic surroundings and panoramic
sea-views - particularly when inside.
This was particularly evident in the tight and enclosed entry
area, the difficult movement paths through the house and the small
doorways connecting the living rooms to the external deck
The external colour scheme of cerise and blue was not in harmony
with the landscape and detracted from any contribution to the
The main architectural move was to provide a new central
staircase that would connect all floors of the house, including a
new study under the ridge line at the top of the house. A general
strategy of opening up of the house to it's panoramic views was
also employed with particular attention being given to the enty and
main living areas.
The new central staircase is made from Blackbutt timber with a
three storey high timber screen. Located directly off the entry
area, this acts as a new "centre" to the house around which all
rooms can be easily accessed.
The new study has a panoramic sea view and by sitting below the
ridge is hidden from the street.
From the entry visitors are drawn to a view out over the sea as
they step down into the new combined kitchen/dining area. The new
living area can be completely closed off if necessary and has a new
2-way fireplace which can be appreciated both here and on the
covered deck area beyond.
The same floor tile is used throughout the design both
internally and externally, enhancing the inside/outside connection.
The building envelope has been completely repainted and reroofed,
and all windows and doors have been upgraded. The new colour scheme
is much more of its place, making a positive contribution to the
Structural Engineer Coastplan
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