Avalon Beach House

1999 Garigal Country / Avalon Beach, NSW

2002 Australian Timber Design Awards – Winner

A modest, dilapidated 1950s beach house was converted into an open, light filled 4 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 their 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.



Domain Sydney Morning Herald Feb 1999
Houses Issue 20, Architecture Media 2000
Houses Issue 21 2000
Domain Houses Inside and Out Sydney Morning Herald 2002
Beach Houses 2 Images Publishing 2002/04

Project Team

Sam Crawford, Emili Fox


Peter McTaggart


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


Brett Boardman