Waterfront living was the choice for the owners of this beach house in South Golden Beach. Having two kids aged ten and seven, years the brief was plenty of room on a small budget. The decision then was to choose materials that wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg and so keep the mortgage to a minimum.
Lightweight construction was the choice with easily painted plywood cladding and timber platform floor. This was a large home with plenty of bang for their buck. Polished hardwood floors were chosen for their easy care, and healthy qualities.
Bob Acton drafting had the idea to design a home that was energy efficient, solar passive, comfortable all year round resort style living. A place to just enjoy living on the beautiful northern rivers of New South Wales.
The client was a builder so it also had to be practical, easy to build and very cost-efficient. Pretty was a straight forward brief for Barefoot Building Design as they focus on delivering in all these areas. The end result was everything the client wanted.
On 19, Jul 2013 | In No Location | By bob
The brief for this project was to design a world class music venue to attract top class musicians to perform at between Sydney and Brisbane. Out of a large field of designers and architects, Barefoot Building Design, in association with leading north coast interior designer, Jennifer Fair at Jennifer Fair Interiors, , was chosen to design a landmark building that would be a major attraction on the long drive between capital cities.
Granny flats are a great option for a secondary dwelling on your property. The demand for this kind of small building to house in-laws, parents or children is getting very high, as the cost of housing becomes more and more out of reach for the average man in the street. Rental prices are also sky-rocketing so this is a very attractive alternative primary home for many people.
Rob Acton can design you a gorgeous granny flat with the advantage that it will be easy to build. A small dwelling like this uses little power so can easily be completely off the grid. Rob can recommend energy alternatives to suit your budget.
On 19, Jul 2013 | In Ocean Shores | By bob
Ocean views from every room was the brief for this Ocean Shores home. A one hundred and eighty degree ocean view was the obvious feature of this vacant block. The owner wanted to be able to check the surf out from every room.
He wanted his dream house perched on the crest of a hill so he could see the ocean and never miss a surf.
On 19, Jul 2013 | In Murwillumbah | By bob
Sustainable living was the focus of this brief for a house design in Stokers Siding near Murwillumbah, New South Wales. Rammed Earth was the material they chose and can be used for almost any building style and still look contemporary.
With the earth for the walls mostly sourced from the local terrain, it is definitely one of the most sustainable of the “Alternate” building materials.
On 19, Jul 2013 | In Mullumbimby | By bob
Nestled in the Pocket, a small hamlet in the rural surrounds of Mullumbimby, this one acre block featured fantastic views of Mt Chincogan and a pretty little billabong. The owners had raised their family in a large home just up the road, and were now ready to downsize and put their feet up in a smaller home requiring less maintenance.
On 19, Jul 2013 | In Ocean Shores | By bob
The brief was to design an affordable three bedroom home to take in the beautiful north east outlook over the Ocean Shores golf course. The block had a very steep slope to the north so rising up over the house next door wasn’t a problem. The issue was doing it in a way so that from the street it looked like it was well grounded yet allowed the entire subfloor to be used as car parking, boat storage and laundry. This was also available to be built in as a extra living space or bedroom at a later date as the kids grew up and needed their own space.
The design had to be totally functional with no wasted space as the clients had to stick rigidly to budget. Sticking to the budget is something Barefoot Building Design is very good at. The owners added their own contemporary flair to create a luxury north coast home which fit their budget.
The north facing covered verandahs are perfect for entertaining and the owners spend most of their free time soaking up the sun all year round. With thoughtful use of louvre and feature windows the home is well set up for optimum natural ventilation and privacy.
Of course, all the bedrooms have plenty of robe space and there is an ensuite in the master bedroom.
This compact home has so many pleasant aspects with plenty of natural light and ventilation. Barefoot Building Design have created a home for all seasons that the owners absolutely love.
This South Golden Beach residence is a great four bedroom family beach house. Clad in mountain blue Colorbond, maintenance is reduced in this highly corrosive environment. A large outside living area is located at the back of the house starting with a generous raised wooden deck that overlooks the vegetable gardens. Great for entertaining it adjoins the kitchen and rumpus room.
The brief for this renovation project was to add a master bedroom and ensuite above the garage on the front of the house and an extra bedroom, rumpus room and laundry with a wooden deck on the back. The result is a much larger home with a bedroom retreat for mum and dad that even has their own private verandah. There is also space for the all the kids utilizing the existing bathroom as their own and giving them their own space in the rumpus room.
A unattractive nineteen eighties, two bedroom, brick and tile box was all that could be seen from the street. Hiding behind it was a beautiful waterfront block just waiting to be transformed.
With a fantastic northeast aspect looking out over the water the old house had no mojo whatsoever. But the new owner was a builder who had a vision of how we could transform her into something more suited to this special place. The property had seen four different owners in ten years. They all had a go at improvements but no-one could work out exactly what the place needed.