Coastal Contemporary

Lucy and David’s home on Sydney’s Northern Beaches offers the benefits of coastal living together with chic and contemporary inner-city style.

After happily living on Sydney’s lower North Shore, Lucy and David made the move to the Northern beachside suburb of Bilgola Plateau. There they purchased a four-bedroom, 1970s-built habitat home designed by architect Michael Dysart. “We walked in and it was pouring with rain yet it was still nice inside,” says Lucy, who made the change with her family in search of a better lifestyle.

“We moved to get a bit more space and have a pool; with two growing boys we didn’t fancy ourselves in a semi,” she says. The couple was also drawn to the area as it was reminiscent of their homeland. “We’re New Zealanders, so for us the area is a reminder of our native country, particularly being on the water with boating and surfing,” says Lucy. “It was probably a bit more like home.” The house needed no structural work as it had been beautifully renovated; it simply needed Lucy and David to add their own personal style, which is not what you might expect in a beachside suburb. “Our style is definitely contemporary and minimalist. We’re not really into the Bali/coastal look you see a lot up this way,” says Lucy. “We work in the city, we’re still a city family but we love living here and wanted to have a beach-house feel but in a modern way.”

The home is on three levels and although not enormous in size, the clever layout and abundance of natural light create the impression of space. The entrance opens to the middle level where an open-plan kitchen/dining/living area and a separate dining room open the house up to the great outdoors. The guest bedroom with ensuite is also on this level and stairs lead down to the main lounge area and study nook. Upstairs is the master bedroom, with an ensuite, plus two bedrooms and a bathroom for the couple’s sons, aged 9 and 10. Although the boys have a room each, they prefer to share, leaving the other bedroom as a media room where they can play X-box, watch TV and hang out. Spoilt for choice for dining and general living, the family usually prefers the kitchen during the busy week, while they also love the indoor/outdoor aspect of the dining room, and regularly dine alfresco at the Mark Tuckey outdoor table. All in all, the home is ideal for family living with
room to move and wonderful access to the outdoor area and pool, making entertaining and life with two boys very easy indeed.

Want the full story? Find it in Home Ideas Vol 9 No 6

Story Susannah Hardy
Photography David James
Styling Kirstin Randl Katalinic