What has replaced the old is a four-bedroom, three-bathroom counterpart with multiple living areas. Top priority was designing a home that felt in tune with its seaside locale, that had the sense of light, casualness and flow we all look for in family living. To achieve this Nick recalls, “ it was important to consider the landscaping of the property during the design process, to ensure a seamless connection to the outdoor spaces and location, down an unmade coastal road”. But this was no easy site to build on. Nick and Kate had to find a way to work within the existing levels of the sloped site to still achieve usable outdoor spaces for entertaining, as well as a large swimming pool. The solution? To use retaining walls to create individual spaces within the area. “The topography of the site therefore became a feature of the garden, rather than a hinderance to its success as a living space,” Nick describes.