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Redgate Beach | Cot tage industry
Architect Craig Steere talks about the home.
How would you describe the style of this
home? I would say it combines a semi-industrial,
contemporary take on the archetypal Australian
cottage. It is a part of the Australian vernacular.
What was the biggest splurge on this project?
Probably the roofing material. We could have
gone for a more cost-effective Colorbond
material, but then we wouldn’t have been able
to achieve the folded, free-flowing profile, so it
was worth the money.
What is your favourite feature of the home?
It would have to be the master bedroom.
I always migrate to this space when I visit the
home. I love the way it perches over the sheer
drop so it seems like it’s floating, and its aspect
to the valley and the ranges beyond. It is a pretty
and calming space.
Why did you choose such raw materials?
For a number of reasons, but mainly the
environmental aspects – in that the roof didn’t
have to be painted and there were no floor
coverings – their durability on a coastal landscape,
low maintenance and the cost-effectiveness.
How did you ensure it blended with the natural
landscape? I think the colour of the roofing material,
being a dark grey/green, blends with the foliage
of the bush and trees. The wings of the home
also spread out across the site through the natural
vegetation, and by keeping it single-storey it doesn’t
intrude on the space.
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That being the case, Lucy and David
decided it was best to go ahead with the
whole project in one go.
The main living spine is off the entry,
where cabinetwork shows the back of
the kitchen. The children’s and g uest
wing runs north-south, and has three
bedrooms and two bathrooms, with the
main suite to the south-west, accessed
through a study nook.
In keeping with the low-maintenance
brief, the building materials were
all selected for their durability and
environmental pri nciples. They combine
to create a simple industrial palette, which
responds to the colours and textures of
the site itself.
“Funnily enough, the home is actually
a very kiddie-friendly home, which
wasn’t on the original brief,” reveals
Lucy, “but the concrete floors and the
tough materials have made it into a very
“I think we ticked all the boxes,” Craig
adds. “We have given them something to
enjoy and appreciate.”
OUTDOOR HALLWAYS (bel ow) were
created so that the owners could access
the living areas from the bedrooms without
getting their feet dirty. The stainless steel
screens can be pushed out of the way on
rolling tracks. Meanwhile, the STEEL ROOF
(bottom) folds down over the side of the
building’s outer walls to act as a protection
from the harsh coastal elements.
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