Our story starts with…
A New Baby
The birth of our baby girl! and a dream to build a healthy low maintenance holiday home - a place where she can freely connect with nature, experience unspoilt Australia away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney.
We discovered an authentic little beach town called Callala Beach in Jervis Bay. Little did we know the bay was FAMOUS and has “the whitest” sand beaches in the world!! Just a stone’s throw to the beach, we stumbled across a flat block of land for sale, perfect for the new build, except for one thing, which really mattered….The site was mostly shrubs and tall grasses however with a lone scribbly gum tree located in the middle of the block. But that's what became our inspiration.…to respectfully maintain the tree and design our new home around it.
Working with the Environment Supporting Local
As designers, with creativity running through our veins and numerous sketches on paper, it wasn't long before the C-shaped tree house was born. A simple open floor plan branching out across the first floor, an evolving building that, in Glenn Murcutt’s words, “touches the earth lightly”.
From blackbutt timber flooring and decking to locally sourced reclaimed western red cedar for cladding, this house was designed to be sympathetic to its natural bush and beach environment.
Healthy Family Holiday Home
Many health and well-being features were incorporated including an abundance of natural light, space and fresh air, feng shui elements and visuals from every room to the precious scribbly gum tree and Aussie great outdoors. Also sustainable materials, double-glazed windows and sliding doors, and clever cross-breeze ventilation to take advantage of what nature has to offer, for free!
We entered the project in a national competition to really test our creative design skills, and were thrilled when Hazelwood Beach House was awarded Best Use of Western Red Cedar category in the 2009 Australian Timber Design Awards featured in many magazines as well as "Australia's Best Beach Houses" book (2011). It's a unique and truly healthy home located in a pristine and unspoilt environment, Callala Beach in Jervis Bay.
The Sharing Economy
So here we are now in 2019, & the story continues as we welcome our new holiday accommodation “Booderee”, previously a vacant land site for years while we worked on which design would be best suited (there were 4 in all! :)). This relaxed bush & beach lifestyle property consists of two adjacent townhouses where we can welcome and host up to 12 holiday guests.
The design focus for the project was durability, interior space maximisation, the use of environmentally friendly, renewable and recyclable materials for furniture, and incorporating warm welcoming natural colours such as midnight blue, bush green and earth tones.
Guests who choose to stay at Booderee One & Two can experience first hand good space and passive design, a new home built with simplicity and affordability in mind that’s comfortable and enjoyable to live in. We worked closely for twelve months with local builder Hotondo Homes South Coast and look forward to working on more projects together!
A Designer Life
Design & build projects such as this are NEVER easy especially when our passion lies in designing unique attractive affordable homes. Our road-trips from Sydney to the South Coast however and the experiences and friends we’ve made over the years have never been anything but FUN! We hope we are setting a good example for others to follow - Live Your Dreams, Do More with Less and Give Back to the Community where You Can.