Sun, surf and south coast charm
This beach shack in Burrill Lake goes from bachelor pad to modern family home, writes
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