From the outside, this coastal Victorian beach house looks like a simple timber block. Pass through the discrete exterior however and you’ll find a design that unfolds gracefully across two levels, including an expansive glazed pavilion at the property’s rear. Built for entertaining, InForm Design have created a home that expands the idea of a holiday home beyond a simple weekend retreat.
The split level layout easily defines communal and private areas, with the three bedrooms and lounge retreat on the lower level and the large open plan living area and master bedroom on the upper level. Draped in natural light, the large upper level living space is further expanded with the expansive deck, outdoor fire and pool easily accessible through the sliding doors. Downstairs, the lower level lounge opens out to a smaller tiled courtyard space to unwind in private.
As you might guess from the exterior, timber is a dominant material throughout the design, but never overwhelms the home’s relaxed aesthetic. Polished timber boards are used throughout the living spaces, while the same timber is featured again as a feature wall in the master bedroom. A monochrome palette dominates the paint, tiling and joinery decisions, from black tiling in one of the bathrooms to the matte-black steel frame doors and windows. There are pops of colour and texture though, from the turquoise cabinetry in the bedroom to the living room’s fireplace. Featuring bricks of assorted colour and texture, it makes for a striking focal point.
Details like this ground the design in a relaxed luxury, stylish but unpretentious. Fittingly for a holiday home, the home seems instantly familiar and comfortable, happy to host all manner of family occasions and entertaining. The only struggle? Having to leave at the end of a weekend!