Redesign living area, kitchen and entryway/bathroom of simple rustic beach cabin to provide better view, comfortable living area and modern kitchen and bathroom facilities.
More detailed design brief is attached.
Condition is dated and low quality, but overall condition of the structure is fine
We have recently purchased a 1984 rustic beach cabin located near the Great Ocean Road in Victoria Australia. It is on a fairly steep slope with the main living area on the top floor. We would like to redesign the house in two stages of construction. In the first stage, we would like to make the main living area (including kitchen, dining and living room) more comfortable and redesign toilet/bathroom, as well as improve the outer appearance of the house (economically cover up exposed underside of house). In a second stage, we plan to add a second living space on the floor below. The current project is restricted to the first stage.
The main challenge is probably to achieve design aims within the budget.
We especially like the view to the Southwest of the house where one can see the ocean as well as the view to the west where one can view surrounding hillsides. We would like to add more windows.
We like the treetop feel of the house.
In general, we like thoughtful placement of in-built cabinetry and bench seating rather than simple bare walls.
We don’t like the present outside appearance revealing the underside of the house, making it appear unfinished. While envisioning a second stage of construction of a separate retreat on the floor below, we would like to economically, yet tastefully cover over the bottom floor. This may include combination of building and exterior landscape design.
Designers need to be aware that the house is located in an area where we are limited to collection of rainwater, and therefore any suggested landscaping needs to fairly drought-tolerant.