Modern Australian beach house designs to suit the environment

There’s something quite Aussie about spending the weekend away at the beach. We’re blessed with some of world’s most amazing beaches and our relaxed coastal homes reflect this laid-back, outdoor living.

These six modern beach homes are sure to impress (or may just encourage you to add a touch of the coast to your inner-city home).

Merricks Beach house Victoria – large beach house for the whole family

Exterior view of Merricks Modular Beach House

From functionality through to aesthetics, the Merricks Beach house is truly exceptional.

Sleeping up to 14 people, this large beach house has plenty of space for the whole family. The floorplan offers a brilliant combination of zoned living and accommodation spaces.

The rumpus room, complete with bunk beds, stands separate from the main house but is linked via a series of tiered decks and provides a perfect getaway for the children.

The kitchen has been cleverly designed to open onto both the open plan living/dining area as well as the enclosed and protected courtyard via a servery window. The kitchen can be hidden from the main living area thanks to sliding doors that compartmentalise the space when required.

A gorgeous Chiminee Philippe fireplace takes centre stage and provides a lovely warmth and ambiance during the winter months while the highlight windows allow for a consistent level of natural light throughout the day.

Merricks Modular Beach House Floor Plan

Point Leo beach house Victoria – modern beach home with great indoor/outdoor living

Exceptional design flair and brilliant functionality combine in the modern beach home at Point Leo Victoria.

Offering bountiful space for indoor and outdoor entertaining, the Point Leo beach house orientates towards the street on the ground floor while the first floor cranks towards the ocean.

The kitchen becomes the focal point in the home. Whether inside or outside the kitchen bench traverses both spaces and seamlessly integrates the interior and exterior living zones.

The dark stained Pacific Teak timber cladding ensures that, despite its contemporary nature, the home looks very much at ease in its natural seaside environment.

Shoreham beach house Victoria – a modern beach house design that captures the views

Orientated to enjoy the dramatic views across Western Port Bay, the Shoreham beach house provides all the essentials for a beachside getaway.

The clients’ brief was to capitalise on the beautiful sea views, thus the main living space is elevated to the first floor and extends onto a rear deck through a bank of floor-to-ceiling glass stretching across the width of the house.

With ocean views from the rear deck facing south, a secondary outdoor area was constructed to take full advantage of the northern sun. Vertical timber battened screens sheltering the courtyard provide privacy from the street while still allowing sunlight to penetrate deep into the house.

Modular Beach House in Shoreham, VIC

Barwon Heads holiday home Victoria – a luxurious holiday home with a rooftop deck

Barwon Heads modular beach house exterior view

A large outdoor entertaining area is an essential item in many great modern beach homes – and our modular holiday home in Barwon Heads is no different.

The sophisticated and environmentally responsive Barwon Heads holiday home offers various spaces to gather and to relax. Downstairs is the children’s domain, complete with a rumpus room large enough for a pool table. Upstairs a generous open plan living space effortlessly opens up to a large entertainer’s deck.

To capture the wonderful views of the Barwon River, the luxurious modular home offers a private rooftop deck – perfect for some reflective downtime.

View of river from Barwon Heads Beach House

Portsea beach house Victoria – an efficient beach house design that complements the site

Point Leo beach house outdoor entertaining area

The Portsea prefab home blends with its surrounding environment and will continue to age gracefully over time.

As a weekender and holiday home, relaxation is key – thus the simple dark form is fuss-free and requires very little maintenance.

Holiday life is centred around the pool and the outdoor living spaces, all of which are orientated to the north for all-day sun. The deck and pool become an extension of the indoor entertaining spaces with its positioning allowing it to become a place to relax in the sun, a gathering place to enjoy the company of friends and a perfect position to keep an eye on the kids at the same time.

floor plan of Portsea Modular Beach House


As beach house builders, the Modscape team is more than happy to discuss your next holiday home project or you could visit our Instagram page for more inspiring imagery.

2021-11-24T20:10:37+11:00 November 14th, 2018|All, Architecture, Design, Modscape, Sustainability|