Wickham Point House

Status: Completed

The original cottage underwent a significant renovation by renowned architect James Birrell in the 1960s. When our clients came to Arcke, the much-loved beach house was desperate for an update to accommodate a growing, three-generational family.

It was a pleasure working with Matthew Kennedy of Arcke on the renovation of our much loved beach house. From the start he understood our wishes to retain much of the original house, and he incorporated interesting new concepts and creative design. The outcome is a delight, with rooms open to sea views and breezes as well as capturing extensive garden outlooks. His clever design affords us the choice of open plan living, or sectioning off areas to meet the needs of multi-generational family living and changing seasons. Matthew oversaw the construction process for us with professionalism and integrity and ensured deadlines were met and workmanship was of the highest standard.

- James and Adelaide, Brisbane

The improvements made were respectful of the original design features of Birrell’s renovation including large sliding doors, dark wood cabinetry and timber screens, but cleverly modernised in ways to provide flexible living spaces.

Without extending the total floor area, or decreasing the size of existing bedrooms, sleeping arrangements have been created for children with bunk beds tucked into the hallways and daybeds that double as full-sized singles and trundles.

The 1960’s kitchen was opened up to take advantage of the ocean view as well as utlising sliding doors to separate bedroom areas from entertaining areas during summer nights.

The sunroom, a later addition to the house, was replaced by a contemporary high-ceiling structure, clad in robust teak to shelter from the west as well as provide an alternative reading area for adults or play space for children.

The pool and patio were updated for modern entertaining with the inclusion of a suspended concrete bench and brick charcoal grill that defines the space.

The master bedroom with ensuite bookend the house. A generous, under-used laundry was relocated to become accessible to the southern side, adjacent to an outdoor shower ready for swimmers returning from the beach.


2018 AIA Sunshine Coast Regional Award Commendation, Alterations and Additions