Jul 16, 2009
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Peter Bennetts
  • Architect Andrew Maynard Architects

More frequently holiday homes are becoming little more than transplanted suburban ugliness; the great Australian tradition of the ‘shack’ is in danger of being superseded by bloated mansions with four bathrooms and all the trappings of modern life.
With this project we wanted to celebrate the shack and have kept close to the original building’s footprint to avoid taking over the rugged coastal block.

Our clients came to us with a brief for ‘much more room’ for their ageing family holiday home. Our response was a series of finely-crafted timber boxes nestled around the bulk of the existing house. The bedroom addition opens up the northern façade of the house to the rugged bush block, doing double duty as the roof becomes an expansive deck to extend the living space out into the treetops. Other additions include extra storage space, a bunk retreat for the kids and a glass-ceiling shower for more of those precious tree-top views. Overall the design produces a multi-generational holiday house, where the larger spaces suited to adult entertaining contain smaller nooks perfect for the younger generation.

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