A library and relaxing space for a multi-generational beach house.
A library and relaxing space for a multi-generational beach house.
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Location
Mount Martha, Victoria
Year of completion
2022
Project cost
$2m - $3m

This project was featured in the 2022 House & Garden Magazine, Fresh Contemporary Australian Renovations. A beach house owned by a family-focused retired couple, engaged Tennille Joy Interiors to refresh the dark and dated house. What started off as adding an extra wing for two bedrooms, turned into a full renovation inside and out. Based in the hills of Mornington Peninsular, this home benefits from the green landscapes sweeping through to the water views.

Even though the owners are retired, they have a very busy life with their sporting, social and family commitments. They wished for a low maintenance, beautiful yet functional home to suit all the large family.

The house was a dark, musky and tired space from the late 80’s / early 90’s era. It was obvious from the outset, that a lot of work was required to bring the house back to life.

The new library area was an out dated dining room that wasn’t functioning well with the kitchen. The clients requested a space to relax, read, play games and soak in the view. We have called this room the intellectual brain of the house, otherwise known as the Library. Custom joinery was installed on one wall to house books and accessories while the cupboards hide board games and puzzles. We wrapped a bench seat around the window for built in seating, installed a locally made wall sconce and custom made the upholstery & furniture to suit the new setting. The view is the focal point from the entry glass doors opposite the room.

It was a challenge to find an external paving stone that wasn’t too grey, cream or boring. The process was lengthy to find the perfect stone. It’s a warm limestone that streamlines from the ground floor interior into the exterior, including the pool area. The warmth of the limestone works cohesively with the terracotta roof tiles. To keep the movement interesting and classical, we selected a French pattern. Minimal grout lines reduce maintenance.

The scenery surrounding Mount Martha were the first choices when selecting the colours. From the deep sand colours of the Mount Martha Cliffs to the rusty rock, muted green landscape and the endless blue of the ocean & sky. Terracotta acts as a grounding anchor to reference the original terracotta roof. What was a serendipity moment was when the olive colour was selected for the joinery and unbeknownst, the clients Granddaughter was only born that week and given the name Olive. We felt this was a sign to continue down the Olive path of in the joinery which is such a soothing colour.

  • Location: Mt Martha
  • Architect: Kato Group
  • Builder: Coastbuild Projects
  • Photography: Nicole England

Awards and
recognition

2024
Houzz
Best of Houzz - Design & Service
2022
KBDI
KBDI - Finalist Master Suite
Tennille Joy Interiors
Brighton, Victoria
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      Bathroom blue / green feature tiles in matt with 5% gloss.
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      The pool was designed to mimic the water view and sandy shores.

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