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Coastal Family Home

Coastal Family Home

Georgina Wilson Architect
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Private Houses
Murray Fredericks
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Coastal Family Home

Georgina Wilson Architect as Architects

The brief:

Owners Damien and Belinda Wilde wanted to create a relaxed oasis where they could both entertain and escape, but with three school-aged sons practicality was also a priority. The architect's solution was to create a series of terraces and rooms that can be used for socialising or retreat. This resort-like configuration means teenagers can throw a pool party while Mum reads a book and Dad has a beer with a friend, all within their own spaces. "We never feel like we're living on top of each other," says Belinda.


Significant changes to the home:

- A small series of rooms set back from the view was transformed into an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area that makes the most of the harbour aspect and is flooded with natural light.
- The original entrance was awkward, messy and featured a series of nonsensical ramps; this was streamlined to create a clear path for visitors.
- A new storey was added comprising a master bedroom, study and bathroom.
- A frameless glass pool fence replaced an old-fashioned one that blocked the harbour view.


Thoughtful details:

- The architect designed a custom banquette beneath a picture-frame window in the open-plan dining room so the family can enjoy meals with a view year-round, no matter the weather.
- An entrance vestibule with elegant storage cabinets hides the clutter of shoes and bags.
- A frameless corner window in the bedroom gives an uninterrupted vista across the water from the upper level.
- White baton fencing around the perimeter is used as a design feature to tie separate elements of the build together.
- Recycled timber was used in the internal ceiling and outdoor vergola - the natural wood grounds the white colour scheme and adds texture.


Credits + overview

Architect: Georgina Wilson Architect @gwarchitect

Builder: Mike Smit Constructions 

Joiner: Northern Kitchens @northernkitchens

Stylist: Claire Delmar @clairedelmar

Photographer: Murray Fredericks @murray_fredericks_photography

Original structure: Mid-20th century bungalow

Renovation (alterations and additions) completed: Dec 2019

Bedrooms: 4 (+ rumpus + study)

Bathrooms: 3 + powder room

Additional: Oversized pool was added during the 1970s

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