Overlooking one of Sydney's famous beaches, Clovelly is a young family's forever home designed to make the most of the view, even from the backyard...
When the clients first approached Modscape about their block with views towards Clovelly Beach and the ocean in Sydney's eastern suburbs, they had grand plans to create a forever home for their future family. Naturally, they wanted to make the most of their view, they wanted to enjoy the ocean from anywhere in the home, even the backyard. The challenge was to find a way for the living areas and main bedroom to all share the view without blocking it from the backyard all on a relatively long and thin block.
An existing run-down house was demolished to make way for the new home and, with some excavation work on the sloping site, they were able to create a two-level design where the lower level connects to the ground at the front and the upper level connects to the ground at the rear.
Modscape created a design using six prefabricated modules with fit together to create almost a viewing scope with a clear line of sight from the backyard towards the ocean. The open-plan living area stretches from front to back, opening via full-height glass onto a cantilevered balcony which soaks in the view and onto a rear deck connecting to the backyard: the best of both worlds.
"While the glass frontage bathes the living room in natural light, the elongated nature of the space means the light can only reach so far", explains Modscape. "To solve this, high windows feature along the north-facing length, bringing sunshine into the heart of the area while providing privacy from neighbours."
A huge island bench in the kitchen is designed to anchor the living area and creates a place for family gatherings, chats and meals.
A barbeque and seating area on the rear deck draws the family outside where young ones can run around and play.
"During the demolition and build process, the clients married and had their first child," says Modscape, "and with their forever home complete, they were ready to move in as a family of three."