The Monterey cottage quickly proved to be too small for the growing family; so our client being a very keen surfer kept pushing his horizons further South in the quest for a place to raise his kids on the beach.
Then the Shearwater Landing subdivision came on the market at Cronulla. I was asked to check out the plan of subdivision and suggest a suitable block. I did so & recommended the purchase of an irregular but long block with a good north alignment and distant views over Botany Bay. The white sands of Cronulla Beach are 200M away.
We tend to design beach houses with major emphasis on natural light and ventilation; to bring the unique ambience of beachside living into all aspects of the house design by using louvres for maximum ventilation; by using verandahs as casual outside living areas; by using overhanging gable & skillion roofs to shade & protect from storms and summer sun.
Within the constraints of client budget, lot size & orientation, it is almost always possible to bring everything together and create a great house for beach living.
We appear to have designed and built for a beach house for this family at Cronulla. It stands totally out of character among the pretentious & monolithic concrete boxes which surround it; but maybe, just maybe, the promise of a relaxed beach lifestyle will be realised for parents and the kids; and the house will be appreciated & treasured for generations & decades to come.