Sev­enth Heaven A Sydney cou­ple and their five off­spring all had in­put into their won­der­ful beach­side home.

Australian House & Garden - - News - STORY Natalie Wal­ton | STYLING Kayla Gex PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Chris Warnes

In Sydney’s south­ern sub­urbs a cou­ple found a block that fit­ted the bill of re­laxed coastal liv­ing, then built a home fit for their five ac­tive chil­dren.

Af­ter walk­ing along a quiet beach one morn­ing in Sydney’s Suther­land Shire, Adam and Elisa Grant de­cided to make en­quiries about prop­er­ties for sale in the area. It was March 2014 and their tim­ing was per­fect be­cause they soon learnt of a place that backed onto the beach, just be­fore it was listed. They grabbed the op­por­tu­nity to buy the house and ne­go­ti­ated a long set­tle­ment.

While the lo­ca­tion was ideal and the 30-year-old brick house well-main­tained, it wasn’t big enough for their fam­ily of seven. The cou­ple de­cided to knock down most of the struc­ture to ac­com­mo­date their needs.

“Adam works in the build­ing in­dus­try and had al­ways dreamed of cre­at­ing a house de­signed and pur­pose-built to meet our fam­ily’s long wish list,” says Elisa. “The de­sign process was fun, with all of us pro­vid­ing in­put into what it should look like and how it should work.” The fi­nal plans took 12 months to fi­nalise and gain coun­cil ap­proval. By March 2015, they were ready to start.

The fam­ily wanted a mod­ern beach home with alux­u­ry­ho­tel feel – and ar­chi­tect Dar­ren Tye of Ar­chi­tex­ture de­liv­ered. The re­sult­ing seven-bed­room home spans three lev­els and in­cludes ev­ery ex­tra: a study, cin­ema, gym, rum­pus and pool rooms, spa and swim­ming pool.

Adam man­aged the tw0-year build with Ben Richards on of BRB, but re­lied heav­ily on in­te­rior de­sign­ers Emma Buchan and Alex Ma­son, who were in­volved very early in the process. Their com­pany, EB Interiors, de­signed and de­tailed all the join­ery, stair­cases, fire­places and fea­ture de­tails. They also se­lected and/or de­signed the fur­ni­ture, art and accessories – right down to the tow­els and cut­lery. “Their knowl­edge of the lat­est things avail­able and what works is ex­cep­tional,” says Elisa.

Emma and Alex used the sur­round­ing land­scape as in­spi­ra­tion for the colour and tex­ture pal­ettes. “The house is in such a beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion that we wanted to em­brace it and con­tinue it through the interiors,” says Emma. As a re­sult, a lot of nat­u­ral stone, pale tim­ber, linen and cot­ton were cho­sen.

Now ev­ery­one has their own bed­room and there are plenty of places to play and re­treat. Elisa es­pe­cially loves the new al­fresco area, par­tic­u­larly in sum­mer, when she reads the pa­pers on Sunday morn­ings and of­ten has friends over for lunch. “This is our own piece of par­adise,” she says. “It’s like be­ing on a per­ma­nent hol­i­day.” > Ar­chi­tex­ture, 0414 744 874 or dar­ BRB, 0409 066 500 or ben@br­build­ EB Interiors, (02) 9544 4507 or ebin­te­ri­

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