Bayside Retreat

Energy efficient
and Cost effective

Bayside Retreat

A sensitive renovation transforming a non-descript house constructed of logs into a modern yet appropriate house to the bayside environment of the NSW Central Coast. Building works consisted of renovating the ground floor, the addition of a first floor parent’s retreat and external works including a swimming pool, gym/cabana and associated landscaping. Large expanses of bifold and french doors allow the internal open plan spaces to seamlessly flow out to the external decks and gardens. Envrionmental aspects of the building work include water tanks to self- irrigate gardens, solar panels and energy efficient pool heating.

As opposed to additions being carried out with logs to replicate the existing house it was well considered in conjunction with the architect to express all additions in a different yet complementary material. Timber cladding was selected for its aesthetic and cost effective attributes in addition to being in-keeping with the surrounding built environment.  Complementing this are timber decking, fences and screens in various widths, directions and finishes. Great attention has been paid to the combination and balancing of these various timber elements resulting in an interesting yet balanced composition. The original log house has been transformed into a contemporary and aesthetically pleasing house, yet cost effective and appropriate to its place.


Elizabeth Leong Architects


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Royal Australian Institute Of Architects (Country Division) Alterations & Additions Award 2007

Royal Australian Institute of Architects (Country Division) Affordable Housing Commendation 2007