This small beachfront home is the epiphany of a simple yet luxurious beach shack. It’s tiny, yet seems ‘small’.
It’s a modern and open oceanfront hut which can completely close up to protect itself from the environment.
It was designed by Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects for a family of five (clients) and it’s named the Whangapoua Sled House because it’s built on large wooden ‘sleds’ so that it can be moved when needed, more on that later.
As most of you know, you can’t build a solid foundation on sand so the wooden ‘sleds’ are a great solution, allowing this home to be dragged by a tractor or placed on a barge where it can be moved a few feet or anywhere around the world.
Although more expensive and difficult to move because of its larger size in comparison to most tiny houses that we feature, it’s still mobile if you absolutely needed to move it yet large enough for a family to comfortably live in. At 430.556 sq ft square feet it’s not very ‘tiny’, although relative to most homes today… it is!
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Photo Credits Jackie Meiring Courtesy of Crosson, Clarke, Carnachan Architects
One of the best features of this beach shack is how it can completely close up to protect itself from the weather. Being that it currently sits directly in front of the ocean, this must certainly come in handy at times.
As you can tell in the photos above and below, every door and window can be completely enclosed. I know that many large homes have shutters, but this is unique in that it’s built into the design architecturally.
From the picture above you might notice that the large windows facing the water are actually doors that completely open up. To transform the giant oceanfront shutter into an awning, just turn a winch. This gives you an amazing breeze throughout the entire home and gives you a chance to sleep and wake up to the sound of crashing waves.
The modern hut sits on the shore of New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula near the dunes and is home to a family of five. The reason it’s on sleds is that the land is a coastal erosion zone.
In the children’s bunk room there are secret storage spaces for them to use to keep their belongings. According to the architect, the clients wanted small, simple and functional.
Notice the little closets on the left but don’t miss the little bookshelves right by the pillows. Very cool! Below you can check out the master bedroom.
This room shares the large window/doors and view from the downstairs living area. From this room, if you continue using the ladder you see above, you can get to the roof where there are rainwater/gravity fed water tanks making this modern beach hut self contained (see below).
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