IT’S HARD to imagine the stunning beach-side home of Keith and Daphne Buhr in Hervey Bay was ever a little fishing shack (pictured below).
The original owner, if still alive, would never recognise his former cottage. Even a subdivision of land has changed the street number.
Keith from Core Architecture admits even he did not realise the cottage’s potential when they bought it about three years earlier.
When he and Daphne moved from Brisbane seeking a semi-retired lifestyle they bought two blocks of land in the street. They intended to keep the cottage as a boat shed on one block and build their home on the other.
“It wasn’t until later that we realised this block with the fishing shack had more potential,” Keith said.
While living in the rickety old cottage, Keith set about designing their dream home based on what was already there including the huge albesia tree that now shades most of their back yard.
Two and a half years later Keith and Daphne had a striking beach-side home that, to the untrained eye, looks simple in design. The reality is, however, every nook and cranny has been carefully planned to make the most of their environment.
“We installed an air-conditioner in the main bedroom but we have only used it once for heating in winter.”
A new building stands beside the old cottage, which is now a self-contained guest room, with a covered deck joining the two sections.
In keeping with the original style, the home was built with tin and timber. Daphne has completed the beach look with original Hervey Bay artworks throughout.
Originally published in the Fraser Coast Chronicle’s My Place feature, 2009.