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
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.