A Life Of Sun And Surf

Desperate for a house that suited their love of outdoor family living, Clif and Ingrid Daniell scoured the coastline to find their spot by the sea.

A Life of Sun And Surf

Nestled among sea grass, tea trees and other Australian native plants is Clif and Ingrid Daniell's dream home, perched conspicuously above Australia's most famous surfing beach, Bells Beach. The couple agree this is Australian coastal living at its best and waking up here everyday is their idea of paradise.
Jan Juc and the neighbouring town of Torquay create a surfing mecca with many excellent beaches within a stone's throw, so no surprise that this is where international surfing label Rip Curl originated.
Clif and Ingrid's life revolves around the sun, surf, and fabulous home they share with their two-year-old twin boys, Flynn and Archer. What's more, they even get to work from home: Clif operates his graphic design business from a studio attached to the property, and Ingrid, a fashion designer, runs her business from home.
Beach Deck 
'We used to live in central Melbourne but always hankered for a beach house like this where we could bring up our two boys,' says Ingrid. The glass bi-fold doors open up the back of the timber-clad house to the ocean. The awning-covered broad decking allows the family to enjoy alfresco dining, whatever the weather.
The property was designed specifically to nestle into the natural surroundings, and as the land was excavated to make sure no other properties could be seen on the skyline, it has lived up to its design brief. You are more likely to hear the crash of distant waves than noise from the street, or have your view interrupted by a flock of Rosellas (Australian parrots) than a chimney or a rooftop. The decision to use architect Susan Petch came about upon discovery she had designed some of the cottages at Dinner Plain, a village in the snow fields of south-east Australia (yes, it does actually snow over there). 'We liked the feel of a modern cottage with high ceilings and lots of light,' explains Ingrid. 'Susan seemed to be on the right path with her style.'

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