mornington peninsula residential architect

Summer Beach House - Somers

A refined, peaceful and passive-solar house with a central living zone connected to a large north-facing verandah. The design provides the best qualities of a courtyard house and a traditional Australian verandah. It is a very private house, accessible to friends and family with the side gate working as front door. Presenting a small understated scale to the street, the house works as a backdrop to a gorgeous garden with natives and succulents. The building form then rises to the rear where generous indoor and outdoor spaces are allowed to take shape.

Natural materials such as timber cladding, plywood, cedar doors and internally recycled painted brick and stone compliment the seaside setting and lightly wooded environment. The large verandah maximises outdoor living in colder months while ample shade during the hottest months keeps one comfortable in the heat.

Reverse brick veneer construction and a carefully crafted passive solar envelope provides a very comfortable and thermally stable internal living environment. The heating and cooling systems are rarely used.

A house for the beautiful contrasts of Victorian climate.

Builder: Peter Drummond   Landscaping by the owner

Photography by Benjamin Hosking and Adrian Bonomi