Houzz Tour: A Holiday Home Among the Trees With Views of the Sea
This extended-family pad was set up by grandparents to accommodate grandchildren, fun in the sun and lazy holidays
House at a Glance
Who lives here? This is a family holiday home owned by grandparents whose children and grandchildren visit
Location Lorne, Victoria, Australia
Size Four bedrooms and four bathrooms; 400 sq m to 500 sq m over two storeys
Architect Kate Corke of Corke Design Studio
Interior designer Corke Design Studio (Interiors)
Other professionals involved in the renovation Great Ocean Road Builders
Photos by Emily Bartlett Photography
The Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage-listed, 150-mile stretch of road along the south-eastern coast, running between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Lorne sits between hills and sea, providing an amphitheatre-like setting for the town.
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“The client was hoping to create a beach home that opened outwards to the elements to maximise the stunning view, but also to realise a playful internal sanctuary allowing for slow, enjoyable days, entertaining and family life,” architect Kate Corke says.
They also wanted a house with connections to nature and that responded to the landscape in a subtle way.
The hallway draws the user through and up, back to the treeline and horizon.
The kitchen worktop is in granite and the floor is blackbutt (an Australian native hardwood).
Internally, in every space, including this window seat near the living area, there’s a dramatic connection to the external landscape through expansive doors and windows. “When the doors are all open, the house very much feels equally an outdoor sanctuary as it does an indoor one,” Kate says.
Ora pendant light. Ross Gardam.
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