The Eurell fam­ily stripped this Copaca­bana beach house back to its bare bones and re­built the coastal hol­i­day home of their dreams.

WHEN LONG­TIME AVOCA BEACH LO­CALS Danielle and Adam Eurell were search­ing for an in­vest­ment prop­erty, the vi­brant beach­side towns of the NSW Cen­tral Coast seemed the ideal place to look. What they hadn’t ex­pected to find was their dream fam­ily re­treat — a clifftop abode in Copaca­bana, about 10 min­utes’ drive south of their Avoca home. “We got a lit­tle side­tracked from our plan,” says Danielle, who, along with hus­band Adam and daugh­ters Ashleigh, 13, Olivia, 12, and Charlee, eight, now shares her time be­tween the neigh­bour­ing vil­lages. “It’s a great grow­ing area that of­fers a lot in terms of both adventure and re­lax­ation,” says Danielle of the area, which is about an hour and half north of Syd­ney by car. “There are lots of cool cafes pop­ping up.” Sand­wiched be­tween Avoca and Mac­mas­ters beaches, and sit­ting atop a grassy hill with views of the coastal fringe all the way to Syd­ney, the seren­ity of the prop­erty made it too hard for Danielle and Adam to re­sist keep­ing the home as their very own week­ender. “A 300-me­tre stroll takes us down to a pa­trolled beach and a beau­ti­ful rock pool that the girls love to visit,” says Danielle. The cou­ple’s orig­i­nal plan was to knock down and re­build their place in Avoca, where they have lived for 18 years, and get an in­vest­ment prop­erty to rent. How­ever, af­ter speak­ing to an ar­chi­tect about de­sign­ing the per­fect fam­ily home, a long-term work project took Adam to Tam­worth for three years and the build was post­poned. It was dur­ing this time, in Au­gust 2015, that they stum­bled across the house in Copaca­bana. “When we first saw it, we loved the lo­ca­tion and thought the house had unique bones, it just needed to be brought back to life,” says Danielle. De­signed in the late 1970s, the build­ing was run-down and needed work, and a timeline of just a few months soon turned into an 18-month project. “There was a lot of stop­ping and start­ing dur­ing the ren­o­va­tion, which gave it time to evolve,” says Danielle. “I think you get the best from a ren­o­va­tion when you’re pa­tient and let things un­fold.”

The cou­ple re­placed the gut­ters, sky­lights, roof, both bath­rooms and the kitchen, start­ing over with the build­ing’s four orig­i­nal besser block col­umns as well as pine floor­ing and walls. “We went right back to the bare bones, which wasn’t the orig­i­nally planned scope of works!” says Danielle. Tak­ing a sim­ple ap­proach to the ren­o­va­tion, Danielle and Adam wanted to cre­ate a mod­ern and time­less beach house with­out de­tract­ing from the home’s 1970s char­ac­ter. The cou­ple had a head start when it came to reimag­in­ing the tired space — Adam has had his own land­scap­ing com­pany for 20 years and to­gether they’ve en­joyed seek­ing out stylish ac­com­mo­da­tion for fam­ily hol­i­days over the years. “We’ve had the op­por­tu­nity to see some amaz­ing homes, which has given us a pas­sion for ar­chi­tec­ture,” says Danielle. Bring­ing in ma­te­ri­als typ­i­cally used for ex­te­ri­ors such as con­crete, steel, brass mesh and ex­posed tim­bers meant a wide range of tones and tex­tures fill the home’s in­te­rior. The liv­ing area is a favourite spot to sit and relax over the cooler months. “Be­ing floor-to-ceil­ing glass, it’s like a sun­room in win­ter,” says Danielle. “You feel so cosy and warm.” The large win­dows are also per­fect for whale watch­ing dur­ing their mi­gra­tion along the east coast from May to Novem­ber. “We had our first sight­ing re­cently,” says Danielle, who spot­ted a pass­ing whale from the break­fast bar. The ocean can be seen from every room in the house, says Danielle, who con­sid­ered the chang­ing light and views when se­lect­ing the fur­nish­ings. “I wanted things that could be dragged around to sit and chat or turned to face the ocean,” says Danielle. “I didn’t want a piece of fur­ni­ture you couldn’t move.” Two queen beds and a bunk bed on the bot­tom level, as well as a loft, mean there’s am­ple space to host friends. While the prop­erty is de­signed to be en­joyed in all sea­sons, the wood-burn­ing fire­place is un­doubt­edly the heart of the home over win­ter, where the fam­ily gathers to read and play board games. The cou­ple wanted their time spent in the house to be en­joyed with­out mod­ern dis­trac­tions. “I want the girls to have tra­di­tional good times here rather than be sit­ting in front of a screen,” says Danielle. A much-loved fea­ture of the home is its seam­less in­door to out­door tran­si­tion, which the fam­ily makes the most of when friends are visiting. “The other night we were out on the deck with the fire pit go­ing, and just threw some cush­ions around,” Danielle re­calls fondly. “We had mulled wine and cooked haloumi and olives on the grill while the girls played pé­tanque on the lawn… it was just magic.”


Sis­ters Charlee (left) and Ashleigh Eurell love ex­plor­ing the coast­line near their fam­ily’s Copaca­bana beach house. FAC­ING PAGE The home’s main liv­ing room with the loft bed­room seen above. Here, the fam­ily can kick back on the ‘Bon­nie’ sofa from Free­dom or bean bag from Koskela. The ‘Baker’ cofff­fee and side tables are from MRD Home. For stock­ist de­tails, see page 150.

CLOCK­WISE, FROM LEFT The Eurells had a ta­ble and bench cus­tom-made by Lough­lin Fur­ni­ture for their din­ing area, with ad­di­tional ‘Jana’ stools from MRD Home. Above hang ‘Pipe­line’ pen­dant lights from Tovo Light­ing; the home’s ex­te­rior is painted with Murobond’s Murowash in Marle. The back deck was de­signed by Adam and fea­tures a buttt­ter­flfly chair from Hide You Seek; Ashleigh (left) and Olivia ad­mire the view from the deck. For stock­ist de­tails, see page 150.

CLOCK­WISE, FROM LEFT The queen bed­room, sep­a­rated from the ca­sual liv­ing room by a spot­ted gum slid­ing door, fea­tures a cus­tom-made bed and the home’s orig­i­nal besser blocks at the bed­head; the mes­meris­ing view from the edge of the backyard; a Brod­ware tap set with a rum­bled brass or­ganic fifin­ish hangs over the Caroma ‘Cube 500’ above-counter basin in the bath­room. The flfloat­ing counter was cus­tom made in spottt­ted gum. For stock­ist de­tails, see page 150.

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