Beachside Retreat

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Beachside Retreat

Words Katya Sawyer. Photography Nick Clayton

Creating a casual beachside style for their home was the key factor for David Hayes and his son, Jake. "What I liked about the design and why I chose it was because it was designed to look like a casual beachside shack," says David. "I chose it for its straight lines, its open-plan areas and because it would be easy to maintain. "I decided to buy off the plan because I couldn't find anything I liked in the location that I wanted. I liked the simplicity of this design, so found land near the beach and built exactly the style I wanted."

Featuring polished floorboards, white walls and dark tiles for the bathroom and laundry, the home's decor is minimalist. "I chose the polished floorboards because I thought it would be a great contrast between the floor and the white walls," says David. "I chose white for the walls so I would be able to display my own art on the walls, and the contrast works very well."

Turning left on entering the home, you immediately step into the main living and entertaining areas. The spacious kitchen boasts a long breakfast bar with dual sink, gas stove top and oven. "I love to cook and entertain at the same time so it fits perfectly with my style," says David.

The kitchen, meals preparation area, casual dining and living are all open-plan, with plenty of windows capturing ample natural light. "This is my favourite part of the house as it's an enjoyable place to gather with friends and family," says David. Access to the alfresco decking is via glass sliding doors from the main bedroom and living area. A casual dining room to the right of the entry has access to a separate, larger decked alfresco area, providing an ideal indoor outdoor entertaining space.

The main bedroom features floor-to-ceiling windows, glass sliding door access to the rear alfresco area, built-in wardrobes and ensuite. The minor bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and share a central bathroom.
 

19-Apr-2009 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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