This house is for a family with five children. They had used the previous, original 1950s fisherman’s house and outbuilding for about five years, before deciding it was time to rebuild. The project is being built slowly by the owner builder in the spare time between other building projects and using some materials that become available through the demolition of other projects. The outbuilding is finished, allowing for stays while the main house is being built.
This project is designed to accommodate three families with three sleeping spaces, three bathrooms and three covered outside spaces. When it is a just the parents, the large sliding doors between the bedrooms and living space can be opened connecting the spaces. This allows for long views through the house as well as a loop of circulation around and within the house.
The house is clad externally and internally with fibre cement, except for the bedrooms which have a dado lining of unpainted Masonite. There is a change in the light quality through the house as one moves from the bright recessed verandas to the darker Masonite lined sleeping spaces.