We love coastal homes. We loving building coastal homes. Being builders from the Sutherland Shire, a coastal community, coastal style is a part of where we live. The great part about coastal style is it’s a versatile look; coastal can boarder on country, mountains, rural, and beach. Construction-wise, designs are often practical, functional and sometimes more cost effective. The style is timeless, refreshing, beautiful and relaxing. The essence of coastal living is the sense of being on a summer holiday in your own home. You can add a touch of coastal style or a tonne, depending on what you’re building. There are plenty of gorgeous examples of coastal homes for inspiration eg, Salt at Shoal Bay.
What design features are in coastal homes?
Weatherboards. Weatherboards are synonymous with coastal style. These days, the best weatherboards are the fibre cement varieties such as the Scyon Linea. Easy to install and to maintain. They don’t expand and contract in the changing weather and will look great for years to come.
Some of the current coastal design trends include the use of lining boards or “v-groove”. This panelling can be used for whole walls, sections of walls, internal and external, it can line ceilings, it can go in bathrooms! Raked ceilings look amazing with lining boards. Underneath a cabana roof or a covered entertaining area adds great interest and texture. V-grooved roof eaves are a nice coastal touch, particularly when paired with exposed rafter tails and rolled gutters. Doors can be routed to achieve the same lining board effect. We have numerous examples of the ways we can use lining board on our Projects page. The Palm House is a stunning coastal beach house with lining board raked ceilings. We created the front door ourselves by routing the v-groove design.
A Colorbond roof is the perfect cherry on top for the coastal home. Corrugated Custom Orb sheeting compliments the coastal style, and in colours such as Shale Grey, it replicates a traditional metal roof. An emerging design trend is to use the Klip Lok style in Windspray to replicate zinc roof sheeting.
Natural materials such as rattan, oak, stone, leather and linen tie in well with the coastal theme. Large rattan pendant feature lights or cane outdoor furniture can give then sense of a tropical destination, particularly when paired with potted plants and plenty of landscaped greenery. A light color palette such as crisp white, soft creams, light grey, nautical blues and natural accents all work well within the coastal theme.
Of course, nothing says coastal like water views. However, not everyone can have the luxury of actual water views. But there are ways of gaining a sense of water views without being beside the bay. Installing a plunge pool in view of the house, for example, can give “water views” from indoor or outdoor living spaces. The Woolooware duplex and Caringbah Road projects had amazing pools that were visible from both the indoor and outdoor living spaces. Not only does this add the beauty and interest of water to your home, it’s handy to be able to have the pool in view, particularly if you have children. Alternatively, a water feature can be added to a garden or courtyard with the sounds of flowing water, bringing tranquility and those holiday feels.
NEWS: Twofold Building Projects’ alfresco area at the Woolooware Duplex was featured by Zanui in a Coastal Boho showcase. View on our Instagram page.