Heaven is in the Hamp­tons

Coastal style goes luxe with a gen­er­ous and light-filled hol­i­day home for all sea­sons, writes

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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.”

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