Sydney’s beachside suburbs are some of the most beautiful locations that our country has to offer. The area boasts expansive white sand beaches, waves for surfers, ocean-fed lap pools for kids, walking tracks, rockpools, renowned cafés and a relaxed, laid-back community.
It’s no surprise then that from Bondi to Coogee there is also an abundance of impressive modern homes that complement the surroundings Mother Nature has provided. So what trends are we seeing in a contemporary Bondi home?
Depending on their proximity to the beach, homeowners in Sydney’s beachside suburbs are often required to opt for cladding that is able to withstand the harsh seaside environment. This can limit the choice slightly, however these days, practicality does not have to come at the cost of aesthetics. Contemporary and sleek materials such as zinc, steel (which comes in a variety of colours), Corium and even tile cladding are popular choices and are often seen paired with timber detailing.
Timber is often featured in modern homes around the Bondi area – either as a cladding or in battens for privacy. Again, the choice of timber can be dependent on the home’s proximity to the ocean, however pacific teak, silvertop ash and cambria ash as well as charred timber are contemporary choices that are not only hardy but also look fantastic when paired with coastal cladding options.
Considering their close proximity to the beach, many eastern Sydneysiders opt for materials that help ground and connect their homes with the surrounding landscape. While timber is a popular biophilic and natural material, stone also receives its fair share of love when it comes to contemporary homes in Bondi and surrounds. Whether composite or natural, stone is often specified in benchtops, bathrooms and outdoor areas.
Space to entertain
After a day soaking up the sun and surf, there’s nothing better than coming home to a barbecue and a couple of beverages with friends. For this reason, almost every Bondi and surrounds home that we see includes some form of entertainment space – whether it be in the backyard, courtyard or a balcony. Comfortable and flexible seating, a BBQ and intelligent shading help make the space somewhere you can spend the whole afternoon.
A place to soak up the view
Many contemporary beachside homes in Sydney opt for a second storey not only to make the most of the block, but also to take advantage of the views. A balcony with full-height windows works to create a connection between the indoors and out, while allowing the home to open up to the cool, fresh evening sea breeze.
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