Thursday, August 23, 2018

Designer holiday home: inspiring beachside architecture

Having a home carefully designed by an architect makes all the difference. Beautiful architecture has the ability to make you feel and think in a certain way – whether we realise it or not.

The following coastal homes in WA’s South-West are perfect examples of this phenomenon.


Flinders Bay House, Augusta

The Hamptons are a string of seaside villages on the US east coast, famous for being an exclusive playground for the affluent and those who want to indulge: think eating gelato while strolling beside wide-open beaches, spacious casual but contemporary fenceless properties, and relaxed glamour.

While the setting is all-Australian, this beautiful Augusta home is straight out of America’s Hamptons. This is a grand, $10million three-storey, five-bedroom weatherboard house with plantation shutters. Designed by Peter Moran Architect, there are all the creature comforts of American culture inside and out.



Hi-Clere, Yallingup

It’s not just the edgy architecture at Hi-Clere that will capture your attention; it is also tastefully finished with eye-catching modern and Indigenous art throughout. Those with an eye for design and art will love their stay here. Clad in corrugated iron and featuring louvered windows, it is obvious Hi-Clere draws inspiration from the beach shacks and farmhouses of old.

Even the spacious, stylish bathrooms are designed to perfection. The master en suite is complete with a bidet, wooden shower floors, rain showerheads and floor to ceiling frameless shower glass. There is no such thing as an afterthought. This five-bedroom bungalow-style home was designed by Fiona Hogg at Paradigm Architects.

Florida Beach House, Dawesville

Look up to the roof as you drive in – there are few properties with a roofline as unique as this. Designed by Iredale Pedersen Hook, the roofline of this magnificent four-bedroom home is based on a sketch by Sydney Opera House architect, Jorn Utson. It undulates, hovering above the house, making a statement almost as arresting as the azure waters of the beach opposite.

Pad around on the dark wood floors with a coffee in hand or settle into the hammock on the deck and take in the wide, open views that Western Australia is famous for. Luckily, the view isn’t limited to outdoors – there are skylight windows in every bedroom.

Ithaca, Yallingup

Ithaca is named after one of the most magical locations in Greek mythology. Our home Ithaca was built by Nick Goode Construction, and describing this home as magical is no exaggeration. Sweeping valley views from all corners and high-end furnishings, Ithaca is the home for guests who want style and minimalist glamour.

This four-bedroom home is private and secluded. Floor to ceiling windows, a huge kitchen and unique bronze statues, Ithaca is cool embodied. The other standout feature is the double-sided gas fireplace which makes good use of natural timbers and stone. So snuggle up by the fire and watch the kangaroos lounge about in the green rolling hills below.


If you’ve been inspired by these beautiful homes, they are all available for your next beachside holiday. Browse our list to see all our incredible properties throughout the South-West.

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