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A Modular Beachside Getaway in Australia

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Putting her architectural training to work, a resident of Merricks, Australia, helps design a modular beachside getaway for her family.
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  For her family’s house near Melbourne, Anna Horne created a series of prefab wood modules using a design from the company Prebuilt. She found the old industrial letter at a factory; it stands for Somerset, the name of the house.  Photo by: Lisa Cohen Courtesy of: Lisa Cohen
    For her family’s house near Melbourne, Anna Horne created a series of prefab wood modules using a design from the company Prebuilt. She found the old industrial letter at a factory; it stands for Somerset, the name of the house.

    Photo by: Lisa Cohen

    Courtesy of: Lisa Cohen

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  Horne in the kitchen, where every element was part of the prebuilt package. Like elsewhere, the team placed a window over the door to bring in more light. “The kitchen design continued the ‘keep it simple’ approach,” Horne says.  Photo by: Lisa Cohen Courtesy of: Lisa Cohen
    Horne in the kitchen, where every element was part of the prebuilt package. Like elsewhere, the team placed a window over the door to bring in more light. “The kitchen design continued the ‘keep it simple’ approach,” Horne says.

    Photo by: Lisa Cohen

    Courtesy of: Lisa Cohen

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  The dining room is adjacent to the open-plan living area and shares the view out over the deck and garden to bushland. Throughout the house, the floorboards are made from recycled blackbutt timber.  Photo by: Lisa Cohen Courtesy of: Lisa Cohen
    The dining room is adjacent to the open-plan living area and shares the view out over the deck and garden to bushland. Throughout the house, the floorboards are made from recycled blackbutt timber.

    Photo by: Lisa Cohen

    Courtesy of: Lisa Cohen

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  “In the colder months we snuggle up in front of the wood stove and look out to the adjoining farms,” 
says Horne. As exemplified by the floor plan, the modules were designed “to keep some flexibility 
in how the house was used and were also a response to the site itself,” she says.  Photo by: Lisa Cohen Courtesy of: Lisa Cohen
    “In the colder months we snuggle up in front of the wood stove and look out to the adjoining farms,” says Horne. As exemplified by the floor plan, the modules were designed “to keep some flexibility in how the house was used and were also a response to the site itself,” she says.

    Photo by: Lisa Cohen

    Courtesy of: Lisa Cohen

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  “The patio was always part of the original design, as we knew we would be living inside and outside during the warmer months,” says Horne. “Keeping it covered also helps keep it dry and provides a feeling of containment.” The wicker swing chairs are from eBay, and the fabrics are from Ikea.  Photo by: Lisa Cohen Courtesy of: Lisa Cohen
    “The patio was always part of the original design, as we knew we would be living inside and outside during the warmer months,” says Horne. “Keeping it covered also helps keep it dry and provides a feeling of containment.” The wicker swing chairs are from eBay, and the fabrics are from Ikea.

    Photo by: Lisa Cohen

    Courtesy of: Lisa Cohen

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