Somers House One on the Mornington Peninsula is described as a compact, living and breathing house. And it certainly lives up to that description. The home designed by Architect Adrian Bonomi is at once breezy and light, welcoming and generous, and sophisticated yet relaxed.
This welcoming house's primary feature is a verandah so generous it blurs the line between a courtyard house and a traditional Australian verandah. An extension of the roofline, the north-facing verandah is the perfect outdoor living space and a seamless extension of the central living zone. The large verandah gets the most out of outdoor living in colder months while creating ample shade during the hottest months.
As is informally the case with many beach houses, Somers House One is accessible to friends and family with the back door working as front.
The home embraces natural materials which is one of the reasons if feels so comfortable. Timber cladding, plywood, cedar doors and internally recycled painted brick and stone all come together to create a sophisticated, yet authentic home.
Reverse brick veneer construction and a carefully crafted passive solar envelope make for a very comfortable living environment; The heating and cooling systems are rarely used. This truly is a house designed to compliment the beautiful contrasts of Victorian climate.