An essential requirement of a beach house for me is plenty of outdoor spaces - the more the merrier I say! You need large decks with a view for entertaining and cosy sheltered nooks protected from winds and harsh sun for an afternoon nap or a quiet read. Decks at the front and rear of the house are ideal because they capture the sun, cool you down or protect against brisk sea breezes at different times of the day. So if you can move between decks depending of the conditions then you can make the most of whatever the weather dishes up. Outdoor living in Australia with our mild climate and long summers is a way of life. It's where we do most of summer entertaining so decks, patios, verandas and big lawns for kids to run around are all a prerequisite for the Aussie beach house!