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May 1, 2017

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Melbourne cool meets Sunshine Coast’s laidback lifestyle at this modern Peregian Beach house, where attention to detail and a luxurious finish combine to create a stunning home-away-from-home, with the state-of-the-art design you would expect from local award-winning architect Tim Ditchfield.

Close your eyes. Now imagine sitting back on the expansive deck of a luxury beach house, chilled bubbles in hand while drinking in the panoramic ocean views from Peregian Beach to Coolum – it doesn’t get much better than that. And when it comes to the finer things in life, House One at beautiful Peregian Beach ticks all the boxes.

One of two neighbouring beach houses and boasting an elevated position designed to take full advantage of the ocean breezes and views, this spacious five-bedroom home built over three levels sleeps up to 10 guests and is the perfect escape from the daily grind.

Responsible for the beautiful interior design of the home, Brooke Marsh was involved in the building process right from the beginning.

“I came on board when the house was a pile of sand and holes in the ground. It was quite fun because I had input into the foreplan and could fine tune the architecture at that early stage,” she says.

“We chose Tim Ditchfield as the architect because he really understands what is unique about Sunshine Coast living and his designs really optimise the views, natural lighting and coastal breezes. He also ensures the finishes are corrosion resistant, which is essential for our coastal environment.”

Designed around its superior position, the large open-plan living areas on the upper level give access to the expansive covered deck at the front of the home overlooking the beach, while the rear deck opens out to a glistening saltwater swimming pool and barbecue area with views through the living area and out to the ocean beyond.

At the heart of the home, the beautiful kitchen is a mix of white and timber veneer with solid oak touches and features soaring ceilings, top-of-the-range European appliances, and a custom-made five-metre concrete island bench, not to mention the zip tap for instant hot, cold or sparkling water! A standout feature of this space is the iconic Caravaggio pendant lights above the bench, adding a cool, modern twist.

“My favourite part of the home is the kitchen,” says Brooke. “In fact, if I built another house I would recreate the same kitchen because not only is it beautiful but it’s also really functional.

“The five-metre concrete bench is such a key piece and had to be craned in. It was made by a Brisbane design company called Pop Concrete, they’re doing interesting things with concrete to make it more durable and lightweight.”

Three of the five bedrooms have their own ensuite and built in robes, the master ensuite boasts a walk-in robe, custom-designed solid concrete vanity basin and a shower with ocean views.

Movie buffs will love the purpose-built theatre room. Located on the subterranean level of the home, it offers a quiet, cool escape from reality.

During the cooler months, snuggle up in front of the wood burning fireplace, with an eye-catching firewood rack salvaged from an old Queensland mining shaft, featuring solid bronze wheels and fixings.

Other beautiful touches throughout the home include VJ cabinetry doors with stylish leather handles and a large sliding barn door designed to cleverly conceal the living room television.

With a nod to a modern industrial style, the high end home is fully furnished with stylish contemporary Scandinavian and midcentury modern furniture in neutral tones, which blends perfectly with the textural finishes and rich grey and white colour palette.

“My partner Alex and I have always been attracted to midcentury, modern furniture and we had already collected a number of pieces that lent themselves to the concrete and timber veneer we used in the hard finishes,” says Brooke.

Extra wide oak floor boards throughout the home blend seamlessly with the high quality carpets and European tiles. The elegant timber beaded lighting to the stairwell and bathrooms playfully echo the design language of solid timber featured throughout the home.

Outside, the home’s impressive entry is flanked by a large soaring concrete wall with reclaimed timber texture reflecting Tim Ditchfield’s signature style.

Softening the facade is a thriving green wall at the top of the driveway and a wall of vines reaching up the soaring entry to the top floor many metres above ground level.

There is also a double lock-up garage and plenty of storage space.

This home is a collaborative mix of excellent and functional architecture, inspired interior design and a vision to create a luxury holiday home for those seeking total rest and relaxation, with every modern convenience at their fingertips, not to mention the beach at their doorstep.

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