Written by Jake Brady

Must-Have Features for Your South Coast Retreat

It is said that location is the Number 1 priority for your home, and by living on the stunning South Coast, you can be confident you’ve ticked that box! You have the block, and now it’s time to make the most of every single aspect of it – literally – with your stunning new architectural coastal home.

Here’s the must-have features you need to design and build your dream home to create your South Coast retreat.

Your home’s orientation

The unique location of the South Coast offers an abundance of enviable elements such as winter sun and fresh sea breezes. And you can bring these benefits to your everyday living with clever architectural design.

When it comes to light and airflow, high north facing windows capture natural light, warming your home in winter and regulating summer sunshine, while louvred glass allows moderated airflow year-round. Weather conditions can be capitalised on with cleverly formed shelters such as stone walls that protect from winter squalls and create sheltered outdoor living for all seasons.

Architectural design

By incorporating thoughtful architectural design into your home, you will enjoy the magnificent South Coast views in every part. Cathedral ceilings and atriums create dramatic spaces to take in the showstopper aspects and coastal light. Alfresco areas created on the east and west sides of your home mean you will enjoy the sunrise and sunset every day.

Great architecture also prioritises easy everyday living. Direct outside access to wet areas and outdoor showers let you rinse off the sand, while inside, discreetly placed or featured ceiling fans allow you to keep inside temperatures constant.

Bringing nature in

Coastal retreats create serene and relaxing spaces for you to enjoy, and even surrender to! By bringing nature into your South Coast home, you can enjoy these tranquil feelings every day.

Choosing natural materials for the exterior of your home, such as timber and stone, sets the scene the minute you arrive. Extending these elements into interior feature walls, floors, and ceilings extends the coastal vibe, while indoor courtyards bring so many benefits by allowing you to live next to nature.

Luxury touches

Investing in quality cabinetry throughout your coastal home elevates the way you live – from custom kitchens that extend to high ceilings, to clever pocket doors that create an abundance of space in powder rooms, to bespoke walk-in robes.

Door furniture adds a luxe touch to every room, while beautiful tapware creates a glamorous feel in ensuites and bathrooms.

Clever outdoor areas

The South Coast lets us enjoy the outdoors every day of the year, and creating beautiful and practical outdoor living is a must for your coastal retreat.

Function and form work together to create an outdoor kitchen for the resident chef that’s protected from the weather too, while built-in seating and cabinetry walls provide clever storage for cushions and pool toys. A private outdoor bathroom lets you bathe in the elements, and sheltered balconies create a reading nook or your very own yoga studio.

If you’re looking to design and build your architectural South Coast home, we would love to talk with you. At Smartbuild South Coast, we have the experience and passion to build your dream coastal home. Contact us today to start the conversation.