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Shirlow Avenue, Rye (2014)

When weekend stays by family are a factor, homeowners are likely to need a house that responds to not one lifestyle, but two. in this situation, people usually want a spacious home that also feels warm and welcoming. This was the aim for this versatile residence which is nestled on a 813m² block. The land was part of a 1788m² block that had included the original family holiday home where the owners - three siblings - had enjoyed many childhood summers. They decided to remove the home, divide the block and build three retirement beach houses so their own families could enjoy the lifestyle they had loved so much. This was the first to be completed.


Shirlow Avenue, Rye (a)Shirlow Avenue, Rye (a)


The home had to accomodate the owner in retirement with room to cater for family on weekends. It also had to meld with its setting. In response, we shaped the sandy block and dug the house in. Designed with split levels, a soft roof pitch and complemented with light hues and natural timber posts, the large house disguises its bulk and evokes a beachy feel.


Shirlow Avenue, Rye (a)Shirlow Avenue, Rye (a)


Built as linked forms, the hous is ideal for two or for many. The main section has the living spaces, kitchen, media room, master suite and deck upstairs. Downstairs there are ancillary rooms, two bedroms and four-car garage. Connected to the main home at two levels, the ancillary block holds four more bedrooms and bathrooms - ideal for a gathering of the clans.