The previous home on this site was a lost outpost of Spanish suburban sensibility, that was beached on the Eastbourne coast. This was an opportunity for the builder to show his craft-work with virtually a  complete rebuild on the same footprint.

The clients commissioned JMA to design this home to suit their busy lives as a scientist and a building contractor. A sea change was called for as they left their big rural home on a lifestyle block up in Whitemans Valley, for this coastal retreat, little did they know that the delivery of this lovely new home would see an even more special delivery as baby Amelia arrived to delight all.

The home was planned as two bedroom wings framing a central living space. The kitchen is centered in the home with an elegant dart shaped ceiling, immaculately lined with maple sarking that has a high triangular window looking up to the bush and skyline to the east. A light filled garden lounge with slide-away doors and a folded roof, opens out west to the deck and to the origami outdoor fire.

This is a warm, relaxing and sophisticated coastal garden home.

This project was built by D A Lyons Building Contractors Limited.

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Having had the pleasure of working with JMA in previous projects as the building contractor, it was a rewarding experience working with John to push each other and experiment a little on my own home. I was really pleased with the outcome our combined expertise created. I am proud of the end result we created in collaboration.  Darryn Lyons, D A Lyons Building Contractors Limited

I enjoyed having John work with us to design our house. The original house was old and odd, and he really helped us transform it into something modern, open and really enjoyable to live in. He imparted some really unique design touches but also the elements that were important to me to help make it a very inviting and practical home.  He is great to deal with and I really appreciated how well he conveyed his ideas and concepts to me, with artistic drawings and explanation. What resulted was a testament to his architectural design, Darryn’s building expertise and my few little ideas and desires – all culminating in a remarkable build.

John Mills Architects

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