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Nepean Highway, Aspendale (2005)

The clients wanted an Asian-influenced, large and comfortable modern home to take full advantage of this hard-to-find site

An absolute waterfront home in Melbourne is hard to find, especially with a living style to match it. However, that was the dream of clients Stephanie and Scott. So, when an old 1950s home at the beach end of a previously developed site in Aspendale became available, they jumped at it, even though it was a difficult site surrounded by existing double-storey townhouses, a body corporate-controlled driveway with limited access and an area that was only 717 square metres.




Pedestrian laneways and neighbours’ private open spaces restricted the elevations. To keep the home within the height limits and setbacks required by Res-Code and to avoid any costly delays in planning approvals, careful consideration was given to keep within height limits and side setbacks.
The wish list was large and with the restricted width and overall bulk, the design incorporates pop top roofs to let light into the middle and to soften the hard edges, giving the home a more relaxed feel.

The entry foyer sweeps up to the main living area and allows views through to the lower level to the beach. This level incorporates a large living area, a bar which opens to the north-facing swim-up pool and spa, pizza oven and outdoor living space. A gym, change room, cinema and library are also located on the lower level. The kitchen, with a large scullery, was placed in the centre of the home, allowing all living spaces access to the view across the narrow frontage. The master bedroom and ensuite were positioned to the front with a V-shaped deck to capture the water view. Large bi-fold doors open right across the front, accessing the long deck area.

As the beachfront environment is extreme, hardy materials were used including solid old ironbark posts and aluminium windows, blended with earthy tones.