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A Coastal House with a Dual Purpose

A Coastal House with a Dual Purpose

By Sarah Lefebvre on Jan 05 2017

The seaside village of Lennox Head in New South Wales’ Northern Rivers region is the stuff holiday dreams are made of. Think lashings of sun, the crisp salt air, and a possible dolphin or whale sighting if you’re lucky. Sydney firm The Quinlan Group was called to the village to develop two townhouses disguised as one that are as practical as they are stylish.

The client’s brief for the project revolved around the idea of having two separate holiday units that were designed as one, ensuring a seamless look to the naked eye. What was originally a dilapidated beach shack was swiftly demolished to make way for the new structure. “This townhouse development was designed to function as either two separate units or one large dwelling,” says principal of The Quinlan Group, Justin Quinlan.

Progress was hard and fast from the get-go, with the wheels put in motion relatively quickly. “The timeframe was very short between inception and the start of construction,” says Justin. “It only took six months from starting design to breaking ground, including all design, DA approval and doco tendering.”

With a body of work comprising two new attached dwellings with their own balconies, landscaping and subterranean parking, the residences needed to orient outwards to capitalise on the water views and provide privacy from each other and from different directions. “This was achieved through a stepped facade, angled balconies and multiple blades of privacy louvres,” says Justin. “As with all beachside homes, the north-east and south-east views are also the direction the weather comes from, hence the substantial overhangs on the front terraces.”

The main residence features three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, dual parking, a workshop and a cellar. The second contains two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and dual parking. “When combined, the rear dwelling’s kitchen functions as a butler’s pantry,” says Justin. A reflection of the high-level interior, the exterior of the dwellings appear as one from the street, with whitewashed facades a nod to the Greek Islands. “These materials are perfect for a seaside location,” says Justin.

Inside, the home revolves around a neutral, coastal palette, with timber, veined marble and layers of textiles working together to create a calming oasis. The sliding glass doors of the living space open it to the elements and capitalise on the ocean view, encouraging indoor—outdoor living. A classic kitchen is the perfect balance of style meets practicality, with an island benchtop providing the ideal spot to eat breakfast on the go. Matt-black pendant lights create another dimension to the space, tying in with the ovens and cooktop. An expansive balcony makes outdoor entertaining easy and includes a dining setting and lounge area, which offers the perfect spot to kick back with a glass of wine and watch the sun set.

The end result is a peaceful retreat the client can enjoy during the warmer months. With hints of luxury and a postcard view, this Lennox Head residence encapsulates everything a holiday house is all about.
Words Annabelle Cloros Photography Tyrone Branigan
Originally from Home Design Magazine, Volume 19 Issue 5

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