Not every waterfront property has a house to match a magnificent view. Sometimes, there's a need to simply start over and rebuild from the ground up.
That was precisely the case with this project in picturesque Pittwater, NSW. When the new owner bought the property, it was clear the house had passed its use-by date, says Peter Best of Peter LM Best Constructions.
"The site was fantastic, but the house was less so," he says. "It was a very tired brick home, with an adjoining boatshed. With serious drainage issues needing to be resolved, the best solution was to rebuild on the same footprint, retaining a couple of the concrete slabs and a little of the original brickwork."
The new house, which was designed by architect Mark Korgul of Watershed Design, climbs over four levels. The main living level captures the best views, thanks to a large, open-plan living area and huge wood sliders that open up to a generously sized balcony.
"Recycled blackbutt timber features right through the home, from the flooring to the decks and weatherboards," says Best. "It even wraps around the structural steel elements."
Posts and beams are in recycled spotted gum. Other building materials include white Sydney sandstone, which features on a block wall and retaining walls.
Many of the doors and windows, including the four massive sliders opening onto the deck, are in New Guinea rosewood. These were all fabricated by specialist supplier Stockwells Joinery. The company says because the joinery was to have a clear finish, the timber was selected for its uniform colour.
Managing director Glenn Johnston says the doors and windows were fabricated not only to meet Australian standards, but also to cope with the coastal conditions.