Peter’s Piece of Paradise

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Peter's Piece of Paradise

For Peter Stubbs, getting away from the hurly-burly means escaping to his coastal retreat at Aldinga. Just a street from the beach in this increasingly popular area, he has built a Sarah Homes transportable in native scrub. Although the beach house was the result of a "shoestring" budget, it hasn't restricted the overall style and ambience of the weekender.

Peter said it had been some years since he had visited Aldinga and had originally investigated buying a shack at Port Elliot. "A friend suggested I consider buying a block instead and putting a transportable home on it," he said. "Once the idea developed, the process seemed to snowball and it all happened very quickly."

Peter was quick to decide that full-length decking to the front would not only frame the home but extend into the surrounding native scrub. "Placement of the home became very important because of the heat and environment," Peter said. "We faced it on an angle to face southeast to reduce the heat of the hot western sun."

Peter chose easy-to-maintain floor surfaces, including lino and tiles for the entertaining areas and bathrooms, and chose to extend the front decking. Sarah Homes has positioned the living areas to the front while all bedrooms and bathrooms are set to the rear.

Peter has added character into the weekender with a number of quirky retro pieces donated by friends. "They've been exceptionally generous in helping me decorate, some offering bed linen others donating a slow combustion stove," he said. "There is so much to like about this weekender, in particular the easy-living layout and its low maintenance."

Size: 120 sq m
Living Area: 109 sq m
Width: 12.9m
Depth: 9.2m
Ceiling: 2.4m
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Living Areas: Living and dining


21-Jan-2009 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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