A Sem­a­phore house has all the easy liv­ing ameni­ties you want near the beach, writes

Ben Hyde.

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CRE­AT­ING easy beach liv­ing was the man­date for in­te­rior de­signer Cathy Jones when she and hus­band Trevor bought a 1960s Sem­a­phore prop­erty about six years ago. Dur­ing their ten­ure, the Jone­ses have re­ju­ve­nated the three-bed­room Al­bert St home.

‘‘When we bought it, it looked noth­ing like it looks now,’’ Mrs Jones says.

‘‘We wanted it to be a beach house, with­out be­ing too pre­cious.

‘‘We wanted fin­ishes and fur­nish­ing that were go­ing to be very easy to live with and so you don’t have to worry about com­ing in and out and wip­ing your feet ev­ery five min­utes.

‘‘That’s re­ally what we were af­ter: a lowmain­te­nance, easy beachy feel.’’

The Jone­ses set about trans­form­ing the prop­erty, from floor to ceil­ing, in­side and out.

‘‘What we liked about the house when we bought it – aside from the lo­ca­tion, which is fan­tas­tic – was the fact that the lay­out worked very nat­u­rally for us,’’ Mrs Jones says.

‘‘We added on an ensuite, to­tally re­did the gar­dens and the facade has been to­tally changed. ‘‘Ev­ery­thing in­side is new, too.’’ The house now boasts an ar­ray of mod­ern and or­ganic ma­te­ri­als.

At the front of the prop­erty is a sitting room that dou­bles as a bed­room and fea­tures french doors that open to a deck and pri­vate court­yard gar­den.

A good-size mas­ter bed­room fea­tures a built-in wardrobe and mod­ern ensuite.

To­wards the back of the home is the open-plan kitchen, din­ing and fam­ily room space.

The sleek, white kitchen boasts plenty of soft­close stor­age, Cae­sar­Stone benches, qual­ity ap­pli­ances, Tas­ma­nian oak floors and over­looks the din­ing and fam­ily spaces. An ad­join­ing bed­room also could be a study. ‘‘It’s just a very com­fort­able house with a lot of white that makes it light and bright at all times of the day,’’ Mrs Jones says. ‘‘It has that re­ally ca­sual feel to it that we like.’’ At the back of the prop­erty, a screened al­fresco en­ter­tain­ing area over­looks a totem gar­den and a sunken pa­tio with built-in tim­ber seat­ing.

Other ex­te­rior fea­tures in­clude a dual car­port and a large shed with a stu­dio space.

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