Airy spa­ces and gor­geous views take pride of place in this lux­ury beach house

When one ar­chi­tect de­cided to build his dream hol­i­day home, there were no lim­its. The re­sult? A lux­ury beach house that makes the most of its in­cred­i­ble lo­ca­tion

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R‘I wanted a place where my fam­ily could come to­gether, but where ev­ery­one had their own space when they wanted’

Rob Mills had been trav­el­ling to the sea­side for sum­mer hol­i­days since he was a teen. So when a site on that part of the coast came up for sale, he grasped the op­por­tu­nity. The steep, bush-cov­ered plot would have de­terred the faint-hearted, yet Rob, an ar­chi­tect, saw rich pos­si­bil­i­ties.

“It gave me a piece of land be­tween the ocean and the forest, for a true wilder­ness ex­pe­ri­ence,” he says. The worlds of seascape and trees, like Rob’s past and present, would even­tu­ally merge in a house that beau­ti­fully show­cases his pro­fes­sional tal­ents.

“I wanted a place where my fam­ily and friends could come to­gether, with spa­ces we could share, but where ev­ery­one had their own space when they wanted,” says Rob.

It’s proved highly adapt­able for him­self, wife Lucinda and their blended fam­ily: El­iza, 22; Phoebe, 19; Henry, four; and Jasper, two; plus a new baby, born in May. He also in­tended to rent it out when they weren’t us­ing it.

“I wanted to al­low peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence a Rob Mills de­sign,” he says, “which would be good for busi­ness, but it would also cover the cost of own­ing it.” First and fore­most, it would al­low him to up the con­struc­tion bud­get.

The lot stood empty for some years while Rob, as both client and de­signer, painstak­ingly fine-tuned the de­sign. His orig­i­nal con­cept was a tim­ber week­ender, draw­ing on the beach-house ver­nac­u­lar, but liv­ing in a bush­fire-prone area prompted him to in­tro­duce con­crete el­e­ments into the mix.

Ocean­house, com­pleted after a two-year build,

Both the main liv­ing ar­eas and the roof ter­race boast panoramic views across the ocean.

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