Burrill Lake House

Burrill Lake House

Jost Architects
Burrill Lake, NSW, Australia | View Map
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Private Houses
Mathew Sacco

Burrill Lake House

Jost Architects as Architects

The project started with an existing beach shack in Burrill Lake, a small coastal town south of Ulladulla on the South Coast of New South Wales. The client, an old friend, who I have spent many years visiting for the annual surfing and fishing trip there. It’s located in a beautiful Australian coastal bush setting with Eucalypt growing right to the edge of the lake at the end of the street. Also a short distance from Dolphin Point and the expanse of the Tasman Sea. 

The shack was purchased by him in 2007. He renovated it soon after which took 18 month sleeping in a tent in his garage for a slightly longer period than preferred! 
Over the last few years, getting married and adding two boys to the group triggered the sudden requirement to enlarge the existing minimal space of the basic fibro. Rather than go up as first discussed, they were convinced to utilise the area to the north of the existing house saving money and time by “building on the ground”. 

The design embodies the feel of the classic fibro beach shacks commonly found in the area, simple but a bit abstract utilising familiar materials. The existing building is opened up to the lush natural vegetation in the streets to the front of the property. The existing bedrooms were removed from within the existing envelope, while the bathroom and kitchen locations were kept but rearranged.

The three new bedrooms, study and ensuite were situated in the new “wing” which was bolted onto the north side of the existing building with a new opening into the area. The addition cups the old house with roof eaves and extended wall nibs at each end overlapping with the old dwelling. Clad in corrugated metal sheet, vertical painted boards and a new timber batten fascia to the retained eaves linking the two forms. 

The interior finishes were carefully selected by the clients that suited the coastal location and worked in with not only with the external finishes but their furniture, artwork and life style. 

The shed at the back was retained but unlike the rest of the house was kept as homage to the old shacks of the South Coast full off fishing and surfing gear, wetsuits, bikes and the ping pong table that still gets a workout every week. The only thing packed away is the tent. 

A simple solution resulting in a hugely positive outcome!

Material Used :


External Cladding:
1. Timber Fascias – Vic Ash timber battens 
2. Metal Cladding - Lysaght Custom Orb metal sheet with marine grade Colorbond finish 
3. Lightweight Sheet Cladding – Weathertex Weathergroove Smooth150 

Feature Pendant Lighting 
1. Kitchen, Living & Dining - Polk Pendants from Project Lighting 
2. Bedroom - Oriel Acorn Natural Timber light from Temple & Webster 
3. Bathrooms - Rouge Tesla Pendant from Temple & Webster 

Interior Finishes 
1. Living Joinery – VJ Lining board by David Gunn Designs 
2. Shelving nook – Recycled local timber by client 
3. Bathroom Joinery - Recycled local Blackbutt by Ross Wackett of 'Furniture Not Firewood' 

1. Existing Timber Flooring – Cypress Pine with a lime wash finish by Floor Space Sanding 
2. New Timber Flooring – Select grade Vic Ash 
3. Tiles by TV by AHOY trading 

1. Kitchen – Insitu Concrete slab sealed and polished by Floor Space Sanding 
2. tap fittings - Phoenix Toi taps 
3. Bath Deso Halo bath from Swann Plumbing

1. Sofa – Freedom 
2. Antique Parker recliner - Retro Antiques in Milton 
3. Credenza - Dave Gunn Design 
4. Master bed - Master Lewis 
5. Kid’s cots – Leander 
6. Beanbag in living room – Morocco 
7. Embroidered Cushions in Living room - NicCoco Designs 
8. Cushions on bed - Liberty London 
9. Rug in living room AURugs 
10. Rug in bedroom – Armadillo 
11. Mirror in master bedroom - Global Gatherings Taupe 
12. Tall Mirror, Temple & Webster 
13. Mirror in ensuite - Temple & Webster 
14. Noguchi Coffee Table bought over from UK

1. living room - Spirited Away by Kirsty Mitchel (white one), Nude in hallway by Alison Lewis 
2. Master Bed - Custom Copper Wall Hanging Botanical Boheme from Etsy,
whale bone from juvenile whale washed up on burrill beach, 
3. Woodturner ‘BLAZE 600’ - Sneddons

Project Credits
Product Spec Sheet

Rug in bedroomArmadillo
Rug in living roomAU Rugs
Metal Cladding - Lysaght Custom Orb metal sheet with marine grade Colorbond finish Lysaght
Lightweight Sheet Cladding – Weathertex Weather groove Smooth150 Weathertex
Product Spec Sheet
Rug in bedroom
Rug in living room
by AU Rugs
Metal Cladding - Lysaght Custom Orb metal sheet with marine grade Colorbond finish
by Lysaght
Lightweight Sheet Cladding – Weathertex Weather groove Smooth150
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