Heaven is in the Hamptons
Coastal style goes luxe with a generous and light-filled holiday home for all seasons, writes
It’s the sort of holiday home you could live in and love all year round. From its pool overlooking the ocean to its welcoming open fire and a backdrop of stunning views up and down the coast, it’s a home for all seasons.
It was after visiting the New York area that the owners decided they’d like a Hamptonsstyle home of their own on the NSW south coast. Architect Colin Irwin of Nowra-based iarchitecture says there was an existing twostorey brick veneer house on the site at Culburra Beach, but not only was it dated, it didn’t meet the owners’ needs.
“They wanted a dual-use dwelling where they could put in a pool at the front because it’s on the beachfront,” Colin says.
The house would need to work for the owners as well as be suitable as a holiday let.
“The site is one of the highest points along the Culburra Beach dune and it gets commanding views northwards as far as Gerroa headland right up the coast,” he says.
Back to basics
Although they were ostensibly building a new home, technically it was an alterations and additions project since part of the former home was to be retained.
But it turned out it wasn’t feasible to reuse as much as they’d hoped, with Colin and builder Craig Moffat from Moffat Builders encountering a number of stumbling blocks along the way.
“The original house had been added on to over the years and a lot had been covered up,” Colin says. “Some of the floors between rooms had differences in levels, so it wasn’t going to be suitable for what had to be a very highstandard house.
“In the end, we were only able to use a couple of walls and the ground floor.
“We also had storms throughout the build and they slowed progress down as well.”