This residential project at Mermaid Waters on the Gold Coast transforms a dated, single storey brick speculative home into a light filled, contemporary family beach house with a renovation by Alexandra Buchanan Architecture. A suite of new spaces arranged over two levels is designed to embrace the garden, the sunny climate and the relaxed outdoor living culture of South-East Queensland.

The new kitchen, dining and living room merge effortlessly together, with the spacious area and outdoor terrace allowing people to move freely between interior and exterior spaces. Bi-folding and sliding, floor to ceiling doors visually dissolve the building envelope and a glazed end wall establishes an unobstructed view to the pool and garden outside.

Spatial interest comes in the form of a mezzanine study which hovers above the kitchen to create a compact ceiling that is counterpoint to the lofty, double height space above the entry and living areas. Blonde plywood encases ceiling and wall surfaces to complement a neutral palette in hues of white and sand. Sunlit walls and breezy rooms ensure occupants enjoy the spoils of beach side living for the whole year.

The outdoor pool is tucked away behind the house to ensure ultimate relaxation for residents away from any disturbance. The house also boasts a large double garage and a modern storage shed, perfectly extra space and comfort living.

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