Modern beach homes have come a long way from their humble background when they were just shabbily made holiday retreats that promised little in terms of luxury. Today a beach house combines contemporary comfort and aesthetics with the alluring charm of waves and sand outside the window in a seamless and mesmerizing fashion. Mount Martha House is one such delightful
The extensive use of operable timber shutters was much more than a style choice as these smart shutters allowed the homeowners to easily switch between complete privacy, unabated ocean views and an intermediate stage that offers a bit of both along with filtered sunlight. They also protect the beach house from rough coastal weather and offer a protective covering for the large glass windows and the interior. On the inside it is timber that still holds sway even as the entire house is divided into three distinct zones – the parent’s retreat, the kids’ rooms and the common living area that overlooks the pool and wooden deck.
Ambiance inside the house is modern coastal with serenity being imbibed into the overall design of each room using neutral hues and wooden warmth. A perfect summer getaway for the entire family! [Photography: Manos Mavridis]
By appropriating the sloped site as such, the building emerges from the landscape to give the appearance it is effortlessly floating above the ground, allowing the house to engage with the site in both form and materiality. The application of natural Australian timber hardwoods for the external cladding references the colors of the surrounding landscape…