A sustainable and modern redesign for a classic beach shack

An inspiring example of how to incorporate a relaxed, modernist and sustainable approach to the redesign of Queensland's old surf cottages and beach shacks.

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Few older coastal homes in Southern California are still standing that ooze the iconic Beachy character. And this once tired, termite and mould ridden Mid-Century Rancher close to the beach was screaming for a full modernist upgrade!

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Just a short walk to the surf, the complete renovation, and recycling of this 1957 Rancher was Surfside Projects’ attempt to morph the tired home into an environmentally conscious, fun living space, one that would typify that laidback, relaxed lifestyle the region is so well known for.

The Beach Lab

The Beach Lab

The modestly scaled home has been re-programmed to become a two bedroom home, complete with all the mod cons, including a home office that can be a flexible space that can be easily converted into a third bedroom and a new Master Bedroom with bath and walk-in closet. 

Passive designed overhangs, thoughtful use of natural wood and marine-grade Plywood sheets (whisked right off the lumberyard shelf) as well as an abundance of natural light, multi-slide glass doors keep the clean design narrative, while outside, the landscape has been designed to mimic the look of local State Beach Campgrounds and consciously reduce the home’s water usage for irrigation. 

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Extensive use of decomposed granite called “Palm Springs Gold” replaced the previous lawn, mass plantings of Succulents and drought tolerant grasses were installed as part of the Xeriscape plan.

This awesome renovated home by Surfside Projects is mid-mod style in the heart of Encinitas, and could easily sit just as well right here in the heart of Queensland’s coastal areas.

The Beach Lab

The Beach Lab

The Beach Lab

The Beach Lab

The Beach Lab

The Beach Lab

Photography: Darren Bradley

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