Compact Beach House with room to grow – A Houzz tour.

This beach house in the township of Barwon Heads, near Melbourne, is a far cry from its previous life as a tiny, dilapidated clapboard. The retired academics wanted to spend more time at their retreat, but as their family grew they required more room to sleep up to three families during summers. The renovation essentially doubled the floor area, providing a new bedroom pavilion, linked to the main house via a wood deck. “It evokes memories of our own childhood beach holidays,” says Auhaus Achitecture architect Kate Fitzpatrick.

Houzz at a Glance
Location: Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia
Size: About 1,670 square feet (155 square meters) plus a 323-square-foot (30-square-meter) deck; 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

 The original worker’s cottage was transported from the Snowy Mountains scheme, a hydroelectric and irrigation complex in southeastern Australia, many years ago.

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