IN a landscape that is both inspiring and unforgettable, lies ‘Andy’s House,’ a modern rural home breaking away from common design and traditional aesthetic. Located in Mount Coolum on the Sunshine Coast, the home belongs to local builder Andrew Martin, who engaged architect Jolyon Robinson to help turn his vision into reality.
Remarkably beautiful in design, the three bedroom house sits just metres behind Andy’s childhood home.
“My parent’s built their house below. This is where they were going to build our our forever home when we were kids. But that never happened so to use this space for me and my family is quite unique and important.”– Andrew Martin, AM Build
It opens up in the most unexpected way. The first thing you notice are the large galvanised water tanks- a distinct feature as you come up the driveway. Then, as you come around the front, corrugated iron cladding cloaks the facade, where sharp black ribbon windows conceal the view until you reach the end of the long and narrow hallway.
Engaging directly with the natural environment, the breezeway acts as the front entrance separating the parent’s bedroom from the rest of the house. A visually inspiring space that shows off Mount Coolum in the best possible way.
“To walk straight up to people enjoying casually sitting around makes it a special place.”– Andrew Martin, AM Build.
Since starting AM Build Construction Services in 2010, Andrew’s always admired linear homes. Spilt into two zones, the master bedroom sits off to the right and features a pure and crisp white bathroom where light pours in through a perspex roof.
Directly opposite the master’s retreat is the main living area where glass sliding doors open up to a warm and inviting space.
“It’s nice having those nice clean bold centre points of the house which I guess are softened by the plywoods and natural spotted gum that really bring it to what it is.”- Andrew Martin, AM Build.
The rammed earth wall is the hero of the space, the home’s colour palette is centred around it.
“It’s a combination of clays and sands and compacted into what you see. Internally and externally just a fantastic thermal product that I think should be used more and more. It has such a texture and character about it which is why you just want to go up to it and see what it is.”– Andrew Martin.
Stretching 33 metres long, the home offers a strong sense of privacy. At the end of the house, there’s a large bedroom with another one in the next hallway- the perfect teenager’s retreat for a growing family.
““It’s going to be in our family for a long time. Being outside and enjoying what I enjoyed as a kid, riding motorbikes, playing with dirt, sticks out in the paddocks, being outside rather than inside, a good way to grow up.“- Andrew Martin.’