‘Hart House’ at 18 Ross Smith Parade on Sydney’s Pittwater is a contemporary Australian beach cabin built at Great Mackerel Beach that’s only accessible by boat. We’ve written about these laid-back digs before, but now, it’s on the market.
Designed by Rob Brown of Casey Brown Architecture with construction by Moneghittie Built, this luxe take on a classic Aussie bush/beach shack is built on an 8×8 metre plot over three levels, with a corrugated iron roof that wraps around the entire house to protect it from fire and help with water flow to nearby rainwater tanks.
The main room comprises of a dining, kitchen and living area, with a small bathroom and pantry to the back. The primary room is double the height of a standard room and creates an open and airy feel with spectacular floor-to-ceiling water views. Below this living space is the master bedroom which opens onto a sandstone terrace made from materials sourced from the island.
The interior includes birch plywood walls, timber flooring and concrete benches, with spotted gum used both internally and externally as flooring, decking and to construct the doors and windows. The natural colours tie in with the bush environment surrounding the home to lend it a warm, summery feel.
As the property can only be accessed by boat, there is limited electricity and none of the usual perks found at your average holiday home. It’s for this exact reason there is a significant array of solar panels and a sophisticated water collecting system, while waste needs to be processed on-site by the occupants and picked up weekly by the council.
Hart House is all about ‘less is more’, and while not everyone’s cup of tea, we wish there were more like it. Get us off the grid any day of the week.
For more on 18 Ross Smith Parade, Great Mackerel Beach, NSW, head to domain.com.au