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Cre­at­ing a house for every sea­son

I’ve al­ways thought it would be nice to have a sum­mer and a win­ter house. You know, some­where close to the beach for sum­mer that draws the sea breeze through as soon as you open the win­dow and then an­other place, per­haps fur­ther in­land, with a gen­er­ous fire­place and heavy cur­tains for keeping the cold air out at night over win­ter.

I should point out at this time that I have just the one house to live in all year round but oc­ca­sion­ally I get glimpses of an­other way of liv­ing.

As we ap­proach sum­mer, of course, beach houses are look­ing rather at­trac­tive. The prob­lem for me — apart from a lack of funds — is that I don’t want to give up ev­ery­thing that a city life­style of­fers in or­der to feel the sand be­tween my toes.

For­tu­nately, Syd­ney has an em­bar­rass­ment of op­tions when it comes to beaches, which is as far as you can be from city liv­ing with­out leav­ing the met­ro­pol­i­tan area.

For a short while, my sis­ter lived in Bondi and I’d take the bus di­rectly from the of­fice af­ter work, dressed in of­fice at­tire to visit her.

But I al­most felt like I should have changed into thongs on the way be­cause there was a def­i­nite shift in the air as soon as we reached our des­ti­na­tion.

That re­laxed beach vibe seemed to pen­e­trate ev­ery­thing from the walk­ing speed on the street to the gar­dens and homes be­hind closed doors.

And that’s what I’m han­ker­ing for right now. From the seam­less out­door liv­ing spa­ces to the open-plan kitchens and day spa-style bath­rooms, I’m ready for a sum­mer house to call my own.

If I can throw in an out­door shower near the side en­try to my imag­i­nary house that leads straight to the beach, that would be great. I need some­where to wash the sand off af­ter all.

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