A house with a checkered past!
This refined, yet casual beach house was designed as a holiday home by designer Karen Akers, located on Gerroa Beach, a coastal town in New South Wales, Australia. An old style bungalow, the abode is perfectly positioned right on the beach, re-designed to meet the lifestyle needs of a young family. The interiors were infused with a soothing palette of colors, materials and textures, creating a coastal oasis. The home’s history is interesting, it was once a bowling club house, which was transported to the current site by its previous owners. The configuration was in need of an update so that the home could be used for entertaining weekend guests. The kitchen was completely redone, an ensuite was added and an original bathroom was updated. The original flooring was replaced and interior doors were moved in order to enable a better flow throughout the spaces. New decks were added to both the front and back to create more outdoor living spaces. The back of the property faces the beach, so a swing was added, allowing for a cosy nook to enjoy the soothing ocean views. Since the home is positioned on a beach site, natural finishes were selected as much as possible. The majority of the materials that are original to the home were re-purposed wherever possible in the new design. As an example, the timber flooring you see on the floor has been salvaged, which creates a warm and cosy aesthetic to the space as well as a link to the past.