A small addition and interior intervention to a classic 1960s beach shack just a stone’s throw away from Portsea’s Shelly Beach. This charming four-bedroom cottage had several existing mid-century features to work with, including lattice steel trusses, painted brick and white timber windows. The client’s brief was to build on this while improving the use and internal flow of the kitchen/living spaces, creating a better connection to the garden as well as making design updates to the joinery, lighting and bathrooms.
To the front, a modest reverse lean-to addition sits respectfully back from the original beach shack and surrounding houses. Inside is a relaxed and light multipurpose hangout that opens up the front and backyard alike, blurring the lines between inside and out. A painted brick spine and concrete bench continues to the outside either end of this room, connecting the two outdoor spaces and creating the backdrop to a front garden sitting ledge and a playful backyard barbecue and pizza oven.
This charming four-bedroom cottage had several existing mid-century features to work with, including lattice steel trusses, painted brick and white timber windows