Barwon Heads

Nestled in the charming coastal town of Barwon Heads, Victoria, this beach house serves as both a serene retreat and gathering place for a growing extended family.
  • 2023

    Year Completed

  • 248m²

    Floor Area

  • 46m²

    Deck Area

  • 5


  • 3.5


  • 4


timber house with trees

The clients approached Modscape seeking a multi-generational home that would integrate private and communal spaces.

To achieve this, we introduced an ‘Upside-Down’ layout, placing key living areas on the upper floor to maximise panoramic views and natural light. On the lower level, secondary living spaces overlook the pool and garden, providing a tranquil escape and enhancing the connection to outdoors.

dining room with artwork
timber house with trees and pool
timber house with trees
timber house entry with cupboard

This compact yet cleverly designed building spans two levels, accommodating five bedrooms, multiple living areas, a double carport, a north-facing backyard, and a pool.

Careful consideration was made to the site’s orientation to maximise indoor and outdoor living experiences.

Architectural drawing floorplan

The house comprises 4 modules and a ‘kit of parts’ carport, all manufactured in Modscape’s factory over 12 weeks, before being delivered to site.

Architectural drawing axo
kitchen with island bench
terrace with trees and couch
fireplace and window

Internally, the house flaunts a sophisticated mix of natural materials and contemporary finishes. Timber is a prominent feature, with Oak floors enriching the living areas and Silvertop Ash screens casting dappled light into the bedrooms and study.

The kitchen is both elegant and practical, thanks to terrazzo-style stone benchtops. A lift is also incorporated to future-proof the home for accessibility.

bedroom with bed and filtered light
study with chair and window
bathroom with shower
kitchen with island bench
terrace with trees

Externally, the entrance is punctuated by a lightweight aluminium awning. Timber battens wrap around the building, providing a contrast to a dramatic spiral staircase that connects upper and lower floors.

The decking offers an inviting space, equipped with a BBQ, outdoor dining and lounge seating, perfect for enjoying the expansive views.

timber house with spiral staircase
timber house with entry door
timber house with trees

Project Specifications

Silvertop Ash feature battens and screens, spiral staircase with perforated balustrade, terazzo-style stone benchtops, lift, Satu Bumi concrete planter boxes.


Collaborators: Bethany Williamson (landscape architect), Wickstead Works (Lanscaper), Gorden Ave Pools & Spas (Pool)


Photography: Tom Ross
timber house with trees