HIND­SIGHT: HOLIDAY HOME RENO

A beach shack in Sorrento, on the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula, gets a con­tem­po­rary makeover

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Be­fore tak­ing on a ren­o­va­tion, it pays to assem­ble a team of the right peo­ple for the job. It’s a sim­ple phi­los­o­phy but it can make all the dif­fer­ence.

For fa­ther of four Chris and his wife Daniela, when it came to ren­o­vat­ing their beach house in Vic­to­ria’s Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula, as­sem­bling an A-team was non-ne­go­tiable. “It’s ex­pen­sive to do good stuff and have good peo­ple, but I didn’t be­grudge the cost,” Chris says. “You just pay for good ad­vice.”

En­sconced in the sea­side town of Sorrento, the fam­ily’s three-bed­room home sits on a size­able block and ac­cord­ing to Chris was “a beach shack that had been tarted up with a shabby tin shed out the back,” be­fore the fam­ily con­verted it into a fam­ily get­away full of de­signer touches and beau­ti­ful fin­ishes.

Just over an hour’s drive from their home in Melbourne, it’s a place the fam­ily of six now spend sum­mers mak­ing mem­o­ries. “When you get to Mount Martha, even though you’re still 25 min­utes from the house, that’s when the Penin­sula greets you,” Chris says. “Your shoul­ders drop and the hol­i­days start.”

1 MAKE SURE EVERY­ONE IS WORK­ING TO­GETHER

In­tro­duce your in­te­rior de­signer, ar­chi­tect and land­scape de­signer to each other right from the start. That way they can all be work­ing to­wards the same end re­sult. “Our de­signer, Si­mone, was amaz­ing. She cre­ated the space in col­lab­o­ra­tion with our land­scape ar­chi­tect,” Chris says. “Si­mone picked all the out­door fur­ni­ture, and the team cre­ated a re­lax­ing en­vi­ron­ment, where the in­side blends with the out­side.”

2 TELL YOUR TEAM TO RE­GARD YOUR PLACE AS THEIR OWN

Spend time get­ting to know your team of de­sign­ers, in­te­ri­ors, ar­chi­tects and builders. “If they’re not spend­ing time with you to un­der­stand who you are and what’s im­por­tant to you then they’re the wrong peo­ple for the job,” Chris says. “When I met our land­scape ar­chi­tect I said to him, ‘I want you to pre­tend this is your house, and treat the project as if it’s your own place’. You have to trust your team.”

3 THINK OUT­SIDE THE BOX

Get cre­ative and con­sider al­ter­na­tive uses for ex­ist­ing spa­ces. “The garage at the back of the yard was a green tin shed full of cob­webs,” Chris ex­plains.

“My plan was to knock it down and make it lawn, but Si­mone said, ‘Are you se­ri­ous! It has amaz­ing beams in­side. Let’s strip it and make it an apart­ment’. So if I had lis­tened to my own ad­vice we wouldn’t have had the ex­tra space. The apart­ment sleeps an ex­tra five peo­ple.”

4 KEEP COUN­CIL ON YOUR SIDE

Ren­o­vate within the en­ve­lope of the ex­ist­ing build­ing to min­imise coun­cil ap­provals. “We didn’t have any is­sues with coun­cil be­cause there was no con­struc­tion, we just built a big deck out the back,” Chris says. “Also, be­cause this town is rapidly evolv­ing, coun­cil are very sup­port­ive when it comes to im­prov­ing the area.” A land­scape ar­chi­tect can of­fer in­valu­able ad­vice and will have prior ex­pe­ri­ence of coun­cil re­quire­ments.

5 TREAT IN­TE­RI­ORS AS A WHOLE

One of the ben­e­fits of hir­ing an in­te­rior de­signer is that they can take your ideas and make them hap­pen – and be hon­est if they think some­thing won’t work. “When it comes to de­sign I have no idea,” Chris ex­plains. “I know what I like but I can’t take a room from empty to amaz­ing. In our Melbourne home we made the mis­take of buy­ing things that were nice in­di­vid­u­ally, but col­lec­tively they didn’t work to­gether. This time we left ev­ery­thing to Si­mone.”

6 BLEND INTO THE SCENERY

Con­sider your sur­round­ings when plan­ning out­door spa­ces. “I wanted to cre­ate a space where you can sit all day and drink rosé, but also wanted it to be sym­pa­thetic to the land­scape of the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula,” Chris says. “Our land­scape ar­chi­tect was able to mix olive, le­mon and wil­low trees with the na­tive trees of the district and it all works re­ally well to­gether. And it’s all pretty main­te­nance free.”

7 BEFRIEND YOUR NEIGH­BOURS

It’s lovely to have a sec­ond home to bolt to, how­ever, the day-to-day main­te­nance, par­tic­u­larly in the gar­den, will still need reg­u­lar at­ten­tion. You could hire a land­scaper and a cleaner, but if you’re smart, you’ll get friendly with your neigh­bours. “Our neigh­bour Wayne is great,” Chris says. “He’ll mow the lawn and will take in the bins for us. We also have sev­eral life­long friends who have houses in the area too.”

WHO LIVES HERE? CHRIS AND DANIELA, WITH THEIR CHIL­DREN, ALANA, 11, DEAN, NINE, BIANCA, SEVEN, EVAN, FOUR, AND LEO THE PUPPY Tile style In­ex­pen­sive white tiles were used for the kitchen walls. The dark grout cre­ates a dra­matic ef­fect.

She’s got style De­signer Si­mone (pic­tured) has cre­ated a calm­ing, re­laxed and func­tional en­vi­ron­ment for Chris and his fam­ily.

Shelf life The Strings shelv­ing sys­tem in the kitchen (above right) al­lows the fam­ily to keep their favourite items on dis­play. The trin­kets were sourced from David Brom­ley, An­gelucci and lo­cal op-shops. THE BED­ROOM

THE KITCHEN

Nat­u­ral tones

The same colour pal­ette con­tin­ues through­out the house. As does the beau­ti­ful warm tim­ber el­e­ments. THE BATH­ROOM

THE DE­TAILS

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