Before & after: A beach house reno
Ed Ewers Architecture
November 21, 2019
last modified: November 28, 2019
Wye River is a small beachside town on the Great Ocean Road. It has a beautiful bay and beach with properties scattered in the trees steeply rising up the hill from the beach, and backing on to state park.
The original home was a 2 bedroom 1970’s fibro shack, with basic original amenities, and a small deck.
Development is restricted by significant bushfire and environmental overlays. Given this, it was decided to work within the existing footprint, and add a small separate studio. Internally the house undertook a modest refurbishment, whilst generally maintaining the existing floor plan. New windows were ‘plugged’ on to the sidewalls offering pop-out views and some north natural light. The living room was extended just a fraction, and an angled wall was constructed to capture the view down through the eucalypts to the beach and opened up on to a new large angular deck. A fireplace was included, and the house insulated throughout.
Externally windows were replaced with large scale aluminum frames, and the weatherboard and asbestos cladding replaced with ‘barestone’ compressed fiber cement sheet and timber siding.
The studio out-building adopts a similar architectural form and is linked to the main house by a timber deck.
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