Avalon Beach House

Garigal Country / Avalon Beach, NSW

Simple pleasures of open plan, open air living.

Avalon Beach House

1999 Garigal Country / Avalon Beach, NSW

A modest, dilapidated 1950s beach house was converted into an open, lightfilled four bedroom home in what started out as a student commission. Our intent was to provide our trusting clients with a beautiful, flexible, functional house that was within the limits of their budget and that by some measure would enrich their lives and experience of their surroundings. We also saw it as an opportunity to explore what we believe to be the essence of architecture: the manipulation and articulation of light, space and material/colour/texture.

From Houses magazine (Issue 20), Life’s A Beach House:

This is a house dedicated to the simple pleasures of open plan, open air living. It’s a theme that runs right through from the front deck to the rear courtyard. Windows, louvres, sliding doors, glass folding doors – all positioned to catch the sun, the views and the sea breezes.


2002 Australian Timber Design Awards – Winner


Houses Issue 155
Beach Houses 2
Images Publishing 2002/04
Domain Houses Inside and Out Sydney Morning Herald 2002
Houses Issue 21
Houses Issue 20
Domain Sydney Morning Herald Feb 1999

Project Team

Sam Crawford, Emili Fox


Peter McTaggart

Consultant Team

Structural Engineer – Tihanyi Consulting
Geotechnical Engineer – Jack Hodgson Land
Surveyor – MBS Green & Assoc




Brett Boardman