This completely stunning beach bungalow has received a complete modern makeover by New York-based Anna Burke Interiors, located in Palm Beach, Florida. The two bedroom 1930s cottage was in need of a major overhaul, after being purchased by a young Manhattan businessman who was looking for a charming vacation retreat on the beach. The designer took 60 days to complete the project, which encompassed a gut renovation of the kitchen and bathrooms, modernized all amenities and re-configured the floor plan by tearing down a wall that opened the space up and brought the sunshine in. The cottage showcases ten foot high ceilings through the majority of the rooms which allows the home to feel more spacious. The home has some elegance to it, yet it is still streamlined enough to be manageable. Window treatments of woven-wood shades helped to give privacy yet still allow natural light when it was needed. In the living room, a stunning art form chandelier graces the ceiling, sculpted from pieces of sandblasted grape wood. The designer used a seaside-inspired color palette of blues and whites, with a dusting of driftwood and rattan. Keeping the continuity of the design aesthetic, the furnishings were selected with a singular style and color palette. Since this is a vacation retreat, the designer took the liberty of adding some resort-style appeal in the bedrooms.
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Photos: Courtesy of Anna Burke Interiors
If you are looking to travel to Australia and want to stay in a vacation rental, Eclipse is beyond exceptional, a chic and stylish beach house with breathtaking views in Sydney’s Palm Beach. A private slice of paradise full of luxury, decadence and effortless living, everything you could want in a beach house. Spread out over three levels with five bedrooms and four bathrooms, large expanses of glass allows every room to offer unparalleled views of the tranquil blue of the ocean. Spacious living areas seems to flow from indoors to out, with long negative edge pool and floating terrace, a wonderful place to sip cocktails and watch the sunset! The sunlit interiors offers polished floorboards, soaring ceilings and spacious, open concept interiors with floor to ceiling windows. The lower levels offer the more public zones and child-friendly spaces, while the uppermost level is the perfect adult getaway, offering three bedrooms. The master bedroom retreat has all the amenities, walk in closet, en-suite bathroom and its own private terrace to create romantic memories. A freestanding bathtub showcases the perfect views, overlooking the crashing waves of Palm Beach. On the middle level, the entertaining zone plays host to a modern kitchen, dining and living areas with beautiful sandstone fireplaces. The lower level is the perfect space for kids to enjoy a games room, there is also a steam room and two queen bedrooms. This is a great escape for family and friends to enjoy spending time together in the comforts of a spacious home right on the beach!
To have an unforgettable holiday experience, rates for this beach house retreat start at $1,930 per night, with a minimum 3 nights stay, from here.
On 1 Kindesign, we love hearing your thoughts of the home tours we take you on, what do you think of this one? Would you vacation here? In the past we presented to you another spectacular beach house retreat in Sydney, Australia that you may have missed. If you would like a photo tour of the ‘Pretty Beach House’, have a look right here.
Seaview Beach House is a contemporary beachfront home designed by Mackenzie Pronk Architects, located in Curl Curl, a suburb of northern Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Rising above its sandstone topography, all spaces throughout the home are comprised of elemental volumes with an overhanging roofline and projecting windows with sensational views projecting out to the sea. The home offers a range of passive and active sustainable features and a rugged landscape comprised of coastal plantings. The driveway is comprised of recycled timber sleepers and small pebbles, which is not only attractive but very durable. The garage door has been concealed with eye-catching hardwood cladding, an inviting waypoint to greet visitors to the home.
The balconies extending off the house offer sliding hardwood screens. The bedroom wing is defined by black stained plywood cladding. Garden walls are formed of dry sandstone that were recycled from old footings original to the site. They step down with the natural fall of the property line.
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Every room has been set on an angle to maximize views, and small balconies of both the dining and master bedroom offer viewing platforms to the ocean. The lower level family room spills out onto the lush landscaping and pool area. Located on the property are large cisterns for rainwater harvesting to re-use for the toilets and laundry.
The open plan kitchen and dining area opens out to hardwood timber decking, a perfect spot for enjoying the expansive ocean views.
Hardwood timber creates an outlines abstract form around this central staircase that leads upstairs and downstairs to the retained sandstone basement.
The view through the contemporary dining room looks on to the living room and out through to the covered BBQ deck.
The open plan kitchen and dining area offers expansive views out to the ocean. The flooring is a concrete slab that is cool underfoot and offers a sleek look.
A nighttime view from the balcony off the upper level master bedroom. Western timber screens offer incredible shading from the hot summer sun and privacy.
The timber stairs down to the beautiful deck and elongated swimming pool act as bleacher seating for the parents to watch their children frolicking in the water and a warm spot to read.
The entryway to the home is set with flagstone and decking, with a tiered garden of native plantings and drystone walls.
The beach house looks stunning at nighttime all lit up. The rooms are set set at hard angels to capture the views of the sea.
Photos: Roger D’Souza / Neil Mackenzie
Blue Dog Beach House is a luxury pet friendly holiday house designed by Aboda Design Group, overlooking the sand and waves of Castaways Beach, Noosa, Australia. This holiday retreat is described as, “relaxed Nantucket meets Noosa in style.” This is a pet friendly holiday house inspired by the relaxed feel of summer homes of New England mixed with the best of contemporary Queensland beach house design. Surround yourself with 180 degree ocean views, watching the waves crash from the negative edge pool.
Rates from $700 per night. Accommodation is available for up to ten guests (maximum 6 adults). Minimum stay 5 nights – shorter stays considered when calendar gaps exist, from here.
Blue Dog Luxury Beach House overlooks beautiful Castaways Beach, which is a dog friendly beach. Just step out of the back gate and you are on your way to the tranquil beach minus the crowds. You are just moments away from the action of Hastings Street, Noosa. This fabulous home was in a feature spread in Queensland Homes Magazine 2015.
Features of this beach home includes: a crisp coastal palette of white, soft grey, turquoise and aqua, expanses of glass and glass louvres overlooking the ocean, wide board limewashed French Oak and limestone floors and Newport stone interior and external feature walls.
Four bedrooms and three bathrooms comprise the private spaces of this modern beach house. The master suite and two additonal bedrooms with queen size beds occupy the upper level, while the fourth “sleepover bedroom” is set on the lower level. A soft and balanced palette of white, soft grey, aqua and turquoise mimic the surrounding landscape, integrating the interiors with the mesmerizing outdoors.
Photos: Paul Smith
Wave House is a contemporary weekend beach house retreat that was designed by Mark Dziewulski Architect, situated in beautiful Malibu Beach, California. The form of the 3,200 square foot house takes its inspiration from its context: the beach and waves.
Description from the architects: It is literally cantilevered over the surf, which passes beneath it at high tide. It has an exceptional location as it positioned at the end of a long open stretch of beach and has views on three sides. Being the end house also makes it highly visible to the 50,000 cars that pass each day along the Pacific Coast Highway, a scenic road that hugs the coastline at this point. The main spaces open up towards the surf with a wall of glass and extensive decks, which have fire pits. This indoor/outdoor relationship was very important to the client. The compact plan was carefully designed to provide views form all the main rooms, with large open spaces and maximum flexibility for entertaining. This is foremost a weekend getaway house.
The design evokes memories of yachts, bathing machines and cranes, reflecting its program as a form raised up and hanging over the sea. It appears almost machine-like — as though the floors were lifted and hoisted over the waves. The angled structure for the house is held back from the beach side to allow fully glazed facades overlooking the sea. This diagonal also reinforces the drama of the cantilever and creates a tension in the composition, hovering over the surf. It is an unusual site as it the end house along a row of adjacent homes and therefore has three visible facades. It was very important that the house was visually activated on all sides, while being more private and sheltering on the street side. The curves of the windows mirror the movement of the sea, which they literally reflect.
It was built on the footings of an existing house so we didn’t need to touch beach or disturb the natural environment. It was possible to recycle framing and structure and transform them into something entirely new without having to demolish and rebuild — saving a lot of landfill.
Photos: Courtesy of Mark Dziewulski Architect
The Bella Vita Villa is a contemporary oceanfront retreat integrating indoor / outdoor living, designed by Prototype Design Lab, located in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The villa explores lightness, filtering natural breezes, layers of transparency and integrating indoor / outdoor spaces within dynamic patterns of light and shadow, providing a simple frame within which a contemporary sustainable lifestyle can unfold.
Description from the architects: The beachfront facade is almost entirely sliding glass openings to maximize on the view, natural light andfresh breeze of the ocean. The villa is wrapped on the top and bottom by solid concrete bands which extend along the sides of the house to become the solid entrance facade.
The entrance evokes a fortress-like grandeur, into which a masterfully crafted, poured-in place concrete frame successively recedes toward an door of a more intimate human scale. This drama is counterbalanced by the old-world beauty of an original, hand-carved wood door, reclaimed and imported from India. Lighting helps nighttime visitors appreciate the full effect of the majestic doorway, with its receding concrete panels.
The layering continues in the foyer with a custom lace patterned grand staircase cantilevered off of a board-form concrete wall.The connection between the expansive deck, LED-lit negative-edge pool, and living spaces is dynamicand direct.
At the heart of the house, an expansive great room is an entertainer’s dream, featuring 30-foot ceilings, a large chef’s kitchen and a twosided indoor-outdoor fireplace above which sunlight is filtered through the custom laser-cut chimney pattern. The secluded white beach is a focal point with which almost every room in the villa enjoys a connection.
Let there be lightness: sunlight streams through the open beachside facade, filtering through the custom cut-steel fireplace to create patterned shadows within. By night, its illuminated column serves as a beacon when viewed form the beach.
The grand staircase lives up to its name. The drama is created using laser-cut steel panels designed by the architect, fabricated in Toronto, and then shipped to the island along with reclaimed heavy-timber beams for the stairs.
The villa’s bathrooms incorporate floating fixtures of glass and chrome played against black Brazilian slate walls and floors.
Lower-level beachfront bedrooms have the added benefit of direct access to the deck and pool areas.
Photos: Eugen Sakhnenko / A-Frame
This house is configured as two volumes separated by a central circulation core. Taking advantage of the bay and ocean views, the larger of the two volumes houses open living room, dining, and kitchen on the main floor with family bedrooms above. The smaller volume provides space for back of house functions and a family room, with guests above.
Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects specializes in single-family modern beach dwellings and second homes. The architects strive to create a rewarding design and building experience for our clients. Each project is unique and a response to the client’s program, budget, schedule and site. Architecture is a patient search and ours is a collaborative approach to the whole process.
Photos: Matthew Carbone
360 House is a private beachfront retreat designed by Boora Architects, perched above Arcadia Beach at the edge of the tree line on the dramatic Oregon Coast. The design directive was simple: the site is ruled by the sea, the landscape and the climate, and the homeowners wanted to keep it that way. So the designers pared away the external architecture, leaving a thick slab of grassy coast floating above glass walls.
From the architect: The design maintains sightlines from the sheltered forest to the open coastline with a minimal structure of glass and steel. Atop the two-story, transparent box, the copper-clad green roof is an elevated slab of native ferns and grasses.
Only the upper floor is visible from the forested driveway. Accessible via a catwalk and oversized glass pivot door, the upper level contains the main living spaces – living room, kitchen, dining room – and offers views in every direction. Cabinetry is pulled to the center of the space to free the exterior walls from obstruction. A small gap between the basalt flooring and the curtain wall creates an “infinity” effect along the perimeter.
A sheltered deck is punched into the west facade, protected from the wind and connected to the living spaces by wide sliding doors.
From the beach, the full height of the house is exposed, although it’s placement on the bluff and the sloped site to the east adds a sense of intimacy to the lower level. A custom desk cantilevers from the steel columns on the protected eastern side of the downstairs. The family room and two bedrooms open directly to the patio and beach access.
A sophisticated “home brain” allows the owners to remotely control all aspects of the house via their ipad or touchscreens on each floor: lights, shades, thermostats and audio systems. Mechanized curtains can be lowered in individual sections throughout the house as needed to allow for privacy or to control light levels. Hot water, radiant floor heat and air-conditioning is provided from a ground source heat pump.
Finishes and furnishings were chosen for their textural quality and subtlety. Floors and kitchen counters are made from the same dark grey basalt. Walls, ceiling and built-in cabinetry were crafted from white oak with accents of hot-rolled blackened steel.
To maintain flow and consistency, beds, desk and cabinetry were custom made.
On the main level, the kitchen, storage and bathroom are pulled to the core, freeing exterior walls from obstruction. As a result, 360º unimpeded views to the ocean, the beach, the sky and the forest saturate all living spaces. A spacious, sheltered deck is punched in the west elevation; sliding doors open wide to create continuous flow between living and dining areas.
A single piece steel frame supports the floating white oak staircase.
Regardless of the unpredictable Oregon Coast weather, the house is filled with natural light. At night, the light levels are kept low to create a cocoon-like, intimate effect.
Photos: Tim Bies
Amchit Residence is a beach house conceived as a layering of decks by BLANKPAGE Architects, located in the seaside town of Amchit in Lebanon. The design of the home sought to maximize its relationship with the sea through a visual and compositional celebration of horizontality in general and the Mediterranean horizon in particular.
From the architects: The slabs are held by a minimal steel structure made of equally sized square columns on a regular module of 2.55m, as well as a discreet glass enclosure. Given the inclined nature of the site, the house is approached by car on the street level just below the upper deck. At the external landing entrance, the circulation interconnects the three levels of the house. The upper platform contains the master bedroom that opens up on an elongated lap pool and expansive sun deck. The middle platform houses two bedrooms and a family living.
Finally, the lower deck serves as a reception area that extends outdoors towards the sea through an infinity pool as well as a staircase to the shore. In addition to the inner circulation core, a smooth promenade formed by a system of external ramps and staircases connects the platforms, linking the various levels of the rocky landscape that stretches between the street all the way to the sea.
The rhythms of the steel structure and wooden decking create a multiplicity of overlapping patterns of shadows that vary in direction and length all through the day rendering the simple structure at once complex and alive. At the particular moment of the sunset, the house, oriented almost due west at the elevation that faces the sea, acts as photographic diaphragm that invites the rays of the setting sun into the depths of the house, dashing the prototypical spaces in a horizontal glow of deep red.
Photos: Ieva Saudargaitė
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