This holiday bach was designed as a rustic and coastal retreat for the client and their family to relax and unwind.
The clients rustic brief was brought to life through the lodge-style form of the house and the textured material palette. Band sawn timber plays a crucial element in the design of this house, with it being used from the rafters and columns to the fascia boards and architraves. The generous use of the rough-edged timber cohesively ties together the rustic look throughout the home.
The gable pitched form creates an elevated interior ceiling height, which is accentuated through exposed timber rafters and vertical board and batten wall detailing.
Small windows were used to create privacy on the street front, however natural light in the living areas is emphasised through the neutral, white interior colour scheme. The white tones also allow a natural shadow to cast under the exposed timber, highlighting the linear lines of the timber detailing.
Locally sourced Riverstone is used in the feature chimney, creating a visual contrast from the external black timber and the internal white timber detailing. The floor to ceiling stone surrounds the fireplace, creating a focal point for the main living areas. The fireplace is not only a feature but serves a practical use throughout the colder months, creating a cosy living space for the family to gather. The riverstone feature has been so well received by the clients that they now refer to the bach as ‘Riverstone’.
The open layout of the living areas allows a casual flow between kitchen, living and outdoor areas. The communal living space extends outside to a covered al fresco dining area, which allows further space for living, dining and cooking space, all year round. 7m wide stacker doors create a seamless flow between these exterior and interior spaces.
A darker stained rustic floorboard is used throughout house to contrast the white ceilings and walls, but also tie together the overall colour palette from the public and private areas of the home. Contrasting black tapware is used in the bathrooms and kitchen to again add to the theme of the house and offset the light, bright walls and ceiling.
The bedrooms have been designed to allow flexibility for the number of guests in the home, allowing the clients enough space to accommodate friends and family.
The overall open and casual flow of the house combined with the rustic detailing creates a cosy and relaxed getaway home for the clients and their family to enjoy.