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Large overhangs, spacious interiors and plenty of cross ventilation keep this beach house cool â€“ despite a hot climate Beach-side houses are often places where you can enjoy the simple pleasures of life, away from the hassles of city living. So it's not surprising that the designs of such homes often work best when they also have a focus on simplicity. This 250m2 house designed by architect Gabriel Poole epitomises this philosophy. While opting for a simple, low-maintenance structure, Poole used overhangs, window awnings and a stepped facade to add visual interest to the exterior. A sloping roof line and front eaves tucked back onto the house also give it a strong presence. "The design of the eaves evolved from site restrictions. To maximise the size of the house, which meant there wasn't any room to extend the roof at the sides. The sloping roof helps to visually lighten the house and makes it appear to float. Sun control was a design priority, along with the need for a cool interior. Large steel awnings shade the main windows, while a fabric awning is used to shelter the terrace. A spacious open-plan living area soars the full height of the building. High windows and louvres provide cross ventilation to keep the house cool. Even in hot climates it's possible to avoid the need for air conditioning with the right design. In keeping with the requirement for a relaxed living environment, most rooms open to the outdoors. The living room leads onto the terrace which steps down to a swimming pool. A large, flip-up window in the kitchen also opens directly onto the terrace. Continuing the benchtop through the window provides an outdoor serving counter. The size of this opening provides a strong connection between the kitchen and the terrace, which is virtually free of obstruction. It's another way to make the immediate outdoor environment an extension of the house. An outdoor showerwas designed as an extension of the main bathroom - an essential feature of any beach-side house.
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