K’Gari Views Beach House
The property has been constructed on one of the last remaining plots on the Esplanade, and also happens to enjoy one the Esplanade's best views. At this location the Point Vernon topography begins to rise above the bay, providing the ability to see further across the ocean. On a clear day, the property enjoys uninterrupted views of the clean white sands of K’gari's western beaches spread across the horizon. The orientation means the sunrises are spectacular, and by midday the water is a beautiful deep aquamarine.
The home has been divided into two wings 1. a living wing which enjoys these dual aspects as noted above and 2. the bedroom wings which feed off the corridor. The wings are bisected by a generous gallery which leads directly from the entry to the Poinciana Tree At the rear. The intention was that this truly magnificent tree, along with the large cathedral ceilings of the living space, would be seen immediately upon entering the property, and lead you directly down the gallery towards it.
The home has been designed utilizing passive solar design principles, meaning it maximizes solar gain in the short winter months, but eliminates the high summer sun via the use of deep eaves, verandas and window shrouds. The burnished concrete slab provides thermal mass to keep the place warm into the night during the short winters. And in summer the entire place can be opened up via the breeze-way windows strategically located to maximize cross ventilation.
The street façade presents a contemporary take on the traditional veranda, and is a great place to sit and take in the ocean views and the rear veranda wraps around the fire-pit area providing easy walkway access to the landscape gardens at the rear.