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Originally a typical 1970s house, this modern waterfront property was transformed by Don Nelson Architecture

Sea change


For many homeowners, changing family requirements can dictate a house move. But for others, it makes more sense to renovate the family home, especially if the house is in a prime location.

Such was the case for the owners of this waterfront property, who commissioned Don Nelson Architecture to design a full renovation to update both the look and functionality of the 1970s house. Don Nelson says the owners wanted an open-plan layout, with easy access to the pool and beach.

The solution involved remodelling the entire building, creating a modern, Mediterranean facade that bears the company's trademark curves. Wide, bifold doors now open onto a covered alfresco dining area, with a louvred roof providing protection from the sun and rain.

New living spaces were designed to complement the new character of the house, with a curved stairway replacing the original square version.

Don Nelson Architecture specialises in both renovation and new home design nationwide.


For details, contact Don Nelson Architecture, phone (09) 486 4698, mobile (0274) 967 450. Email:, or visit the .

First published date: 20 July 2006

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