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t’s the ultimate achievement for any
house – not to simply reflect the owner’s
lifestyle, but to become an extension
of it. Luckily, for the family of five
who occupy this coastal abode, the space
achieves that perfectly, both drawing on and
enhancing a love of seaside living.
“The kids, three teenage boys, and their
dad are into surfing and spend a lot of time
at the beach,” says the architect, Peter van
Rhyn of Sharp and van Rhyn Architects.
“So, I wanted the design to reflect that
beachy feel, while still being sophisticated.”
Polished concrete, expressed steel a nd a
disti nctly contemporary aesthetic throughout
the home help create this effect. Interior
designer Trish Wood continued to develop
the theme. “The palette reflects tones of
sun-bleached driftwood, pebbles, coral
and sand,” she explains.
The pared-back design works on two
levels, reflecting the owners’ lifestyles
and ensuring the building itself becomes
a feature. It’s a design direction that flows
through from the front of the property.
“We didn’t want a garage door
dominating the house from the street,”
says the owner. Instead, a simple, modern
veneer with a balcony and glass balustrades
overlooks the sculpted front courtyard.
Behind the facade, a similarly clean-lined
kitchen, living and dining area, and kids’
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