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This Circular Beach House Will Put You In A Spin

Inspired by the modest New Zealand ‘bach’ (aka equivalent of the Aussie ‘shack’) this St Andrews Beach House puts a circular spin on the coastal getaway! Austin Maynard Architects emphasises the use of different architectural styles for beach settings, with the aim of avoiding replicating a suburban home. We think they’ve definitely nailed that brief, with this circular surprise!

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A hat box, a cake tin, or a stack of golden rings. The beach house is a designer object in the landscape. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

Nestled between the sand dunes and the foreshore. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

The house is made from robust materials, that will weather beautifully over time. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

The walls, floor, and ceiling of the new living space was crafted entirely out of Tasmanian oak, and furniture items like a writing desk and coffee table were made out of leftover materials. Photo – Trevor Mein.

Captain Kelly’s Cottage by John Wardle Architects was originally built for maritime explorer Captain James Kelly and his daughter in the 1840s. Photo – Trevor Mein.

This holiday house is located in Sandy Point on the coastal dunes of eastern Victoria. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

This project was a finalist in the Dulux Colour Awards 2019, Residential Interior category. Wall colour is ‘Aloe Vera‘ by Dulux. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

The use of warm timber panelling, slate tiles, and sage green walls throughout the interiors adds texture and depth to the space. Wall colour is ‘Spores‘ by Dulux. Photo – Derek Swalwell.

The view into Holly McCauley and Nich Zalmstra’s house from the deck. The paper daisy flower garlands strung up here were saved from their wedding in March. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

The Horses photograph above the couch is by Kara Rosenlund, who’s book Shelter  Holly designed in 2015. The Joshua Tree print was bought in the US after Nich proposed to Holly in Joshua Tree. The coffee table is made from the piece of wood that used to be the kitchen benchtop before renovations. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Kip & Co co-founder Kate Heppel, partner Mal of DMS Landscapes and their cute kids Zig, Viv, and Fern (and Snoop the dog!) share this gorgeous Sorrento home. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

How about those concrete bench tops (cast by Mal!). Concrete wall tiles from Bespoke Tile and Stone. Fruit basket from a trip to Darwin. Vase from The Mill Castlemaine. Window seat trinkets from Kate’s travels over the years. Teapot, enamelware and tea towels from Kip&Co. Photo – Caitlin Mills. Styling – Annie Portelli.

Refined beachy vibes in Torquay. Photo – Annette O’Brien.

A cosy lounge room corner. Photo – Annette O’Brien.

Plenty of room for both entertaining and relaxing. Photo – Annette O’Brien.

The timber clad house has the highest possible environmental credentials! Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files. Styling – Lucy Feagins.

The rugged Cape Paterson setting. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files. Styling – Lucy Feagins.

Has sustainability ever looked so good? Kitchen, with artwork by Bobby Clark, ceramics by Simone Karras, with Sukin Kimmy Hogan Hand Wash and Hand Cream. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files. Styling – Lucy Feagins.

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