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completed: Dec 2011

located: Coburg, Melbourne

size: 80sqm approx

We (Emilio and his squeeze Anna) bought someone's backyard that had been subdivided. The block we bought is about 180 square metres in size (about 15 m x 12m). Although it's small by some standards, it's perfect for us. It faces north, has a laneway along the northern boundary (full of secret delicacies and the odd noxious weed), close to the best Lebanese food in town and surrounded by fruit trees (fig to the east, lemons to the west).

The house we have designed is a simple 80 square metre 'beach shack' in the suburbs. We're trying to make it as eco as possible with a green roof (succulents and herbs), recycled bricks, FSC timber throughout (structure and windows), recycled taps, basins, north facing glass, cross ventilation, etc, etc. We both love how there's no joinery as such, just pieces of furniture. The kitchen is an old workbench, the pantry is an old cobblers storage unit and the bathroom bench is made form an a bowling alley. Everything in the house comes with a story from a previous life.

Photographs by Sean Fennessy / The Design Files ©

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