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“Not everyone likes them, they are often small, they may be shabby and by today’s standards are considered quite basic. Yet they have a charm and simplicty of design that is increasingly being appreciated.”

City of the Gold Coast, The Fibro Beach House

The Rehab

The clients of “The Rehab” fall into the latter category. Their fibro shack has been the heart of their family for twenty years, a place where their kids learnt to surf and skate. 

The brief was a lesson in restraint, the clients wary of over-capitalising on a beachfront site but not wanting to knock down their beloved shack. A new kitchen, bathroom and bunkroom downstairs were modest renovations. The key message was to refresh and create a useable flat downstairs for their new grandchildren. Surfboards and surfski storage was also critical to the brief. 

The existing carport was raised (holding our breath that the orange trumpet vine would survive the disruption) with new privacy screening to the neighbours and a bespoke pulley system for the surf-skis. The front door was shifted to extend the bathroom and align with the ocean view creating a breathtaking entry and depositing guests into the new kitchen space - the heart of the house. 

Small-scale fibro housing plays an important role in the history of Queensland housing, humble and simple, we were very pleased we got to play a part in re-invigorating this slice of history. 

Location: Currumbin, Gold Coast 
Size: 70sqm
Builder: DC Build Construct
Photographer: N/A


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