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City Beach | Coastal cool
After renovating six houses, this was
the first new build for Simon and
Kerry-Anne Read, so they knew
exactly what they didn’t want.
“We didn’t want one of those rendered
box homes, which Gary calls the ‘City
Beach Special’; we wanted something that
suited the location, had an open feel and
was ultimately a house for entertaining,”
The material palette was left raw to
mimic the rugged coastline just a street
away, and letting the finishes age naturally
connected the design with the coast and the
climate. “The timber decking surrounding
the pool has bleached to a light grey to look
like driftwood; a dado anchor wall relates
to the grey skies, and the internal paint and
Q-Stone tiling was chosen to match the
colour of the beach sand,” Gary says. “The
low-profile plants at the front were also
chosen for their greyish green tones to link
in with the dune plantings.”
Gary’s daughter, Lisa Keen, who usually
focuses on interiors, came up with the
front landscape design. “She just has a
knack for any type of design and I think
she really nailed it,” Kerry-Anne says,
laughing that design must be in the blood
for the Keen clan.
The front alfresco has an open format,
reaching out toward the streetscape and
exposing the home’s central courtyard.
Kerry-Anne says while this open design
may not suit some people, it worked
perfectly for the family’s way of life.
Designer Gary Keen’s aim was to
create a luxurious beachside abode
bonding so closely with its site that
it became part of the landscape.
He manipulated natural materials,
unobtrusive lines and an industrial
look to imbue a balanced theme of
‘coastal cool’ where the organic
appeal matches not only its sandy
site but the owners’ energy and
vigour for life.
01/02 A panel of stained black Tasmanian oak defines an entry
hallway against the Q-Stone floor tiles in the living zone. A series
of Aboriginal artworks add colour bursts, including a red and
yellow painting by Michael Nelson Jagamara, a Mitjili Napurrula in
the dining room, and a monochrome Minnie Pwerle. The two retro
armchairs that Kerry-Anne found in a verge collection (and later
discovered to be worth thousands) have been reupholstered.
03 A custom-made wallpaper splashback in the kitchen features
enlarged family Polaroids for a personal touch. Stainless steel
benchtops offer an industrial look in the kitchen against dark
timber veneer cabinetry. Integrated appliances are in keeping
with the streamlined look, as is a scullery space behind to hide
the messy appliances and preparation.
04 A cantilevered timber staircase links the levels, highlighted by
a quirky curtain of red bottle tops from the Melbourne Markets.
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