Hol­i­day mode: dreamy fam­ily homes by the sea

This hol­i­day home on the NSW South Coast may bor­row form and func­tion from mid-cen­tury de­sign, but its rein­ter­pre­ta­tion is re­fresh­ingly mod­ern

Inside Out (Australia) - - Contents - WORDS BIANCA MAR­TIN STYLING DAVID HAR­RI­SON PHO­TOG­RA­PHY PRUE RUSCOE

Ask any­one who’s been through the build­ing process and you will no doubt hear tales of woe about coun­cil re­stric­tions and tricky neigh­bour ne­go­ti­a­tions. Re­fresh­ingly, John O’Brien has a dif­fer­ent tale to share about the con­struc­tion of his South Coast hol­i­day home. “We set the po­si­tion of the house in such a way that nei­ther neigh­bour was de­prived of ei­ther light or views, so it went through coun­cil quickly,” says John.

De­spite not look­ing to buy when he first spot­ted the prop­erty on­line, once John saw its wa­ter­side lo­ca­tion and north-east­erly as­pect, he felt com­pelled to take a look. Even the un­der­whelm­ing brick and fi­bro house couldn’t de­tract from the block’s po­ten­tial. Armed with an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of mod­ernist de­sign and a de­sire to max­imise the views on of­fer, he set about build­ing the house he never knew he wanted.

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