Sun, surf and south coast charm

This beach shack in Bur­rill Lake goes from bach­e­lor pad to mod­ern fam­ily home, writes

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It’s pure par­adise on the South Coast, so why wouldn’t you want to snap up a beach shack bar­gain and ren­o­vate on the cheap? That’s ex­actly what one sun-and-surf lover did, sleep­ing in a tent in his garage for al­most two years while he gut­ted and ren­o­vated the in­te­rior of this home on his own, all the while hold­ing down a full-time job.

While the orig­i­nal ren­o­va­tion in Bur­rill Lake, a small coastal town south of Ul­ladulla, in 2007 did the job, he had to re­think his hum­ble abode 11 years on.

With a wife, a young child and an­other on the way, the two-bed­room beach shack was again in need of a trans­for­ma­tion as the fam­ily was fast run­ning out of space.

Jost Ar­chi­tects’ Pa­trick Jost, a friend and surf­ing mate of the owner, came in to help make the prop­erty more fam­ily friendly.

“The house is in a great spot, right on the cor­ner and he bought it for next to noth­ing,” Pa­trick says. “In be­tween work, he did the reno him­self, but that wasn’t go­ing to be pos­si­ble sec­ond time around.

“Over the last few years, get­ting mar­ried and adding two boys to the fam­ily trig­gered the need to en­large the ex­ist­ing min­i­mal space of the ba­sic fi­bro.”

The own­ers were keen to add on a sec­ond storey, but Pa­trick con­vinced them it would be far more eco­nom­i­cal to stay on the ground.

“They had a tiny house on a mas­sive block so there was no real rea­son for them to go up, adding un­nec­es­sary costs.”

Shap­ing out the shack

The rec­tan­gu­lar two-bed­room beach shack had a very nar­row liv­ing and din­ing space. The kitchen was well-po­si­tioned along an ex­ter­nal wall, with the main bath­room on the op­po­site side. The plan to ex­tend the home

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