Creating a house for every season
I’ve always thought it would be nice to have a summer and a winter house. You know, somewhere close to the beach for summer that draws the sea breeze through as soon as you open the window and then another place, perhaps further inland, with a generous fireplace and heavy curtains for keeping the cold air out at night over winter.
I should point out at this time that I have just the one house to live in all year round but occasionally I get glimpses of another way of living.
As we approach summer, of course, beach houses are looking rather attractive. The problem for me — apart from a lack of funds — is that I don’t want to give up everything that a city lifestyle offers in order to feel the sand between my toes.
Fortunately, Sydney has an embarrassment of options when it comes to beaches, which is as far as you can be from city living without leaving the metropolitan area.
For a short while, my sister lived in Bondi and I’d take the bus directly from the office after work, dressed in office attire to visit her.
But I almost felt like I should have changed into thongs on the way because there was a definite shift in the air as soon as we reached our destination.
That relaxed beach vibe seemed to penetrate everything from the walking speed on the street to the gardens and homes behind closed doors.
And that’s what I’m hankering for right now. From the seamless outdoor living spaces to the open-plan kitchens and day spa-style bathrooms, I’m ready for a summer house to call my own.
If I can throw in an outdoor shower near the side entry to my imaginary house that leads straight to the beach, that would be great. I need somewhere to wash the sand off after all.