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
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.