Natural Attraction

Making the Most of the Stunning Backdrop

With a stunning Noosa beach as its backdrop, this stylish and contemporary home is functional for a family with three teenage children, yet makes the most of its beachfront location.

Edgy, minimalist design combined with nature-inspired interiors and ocean views give this home a modern vibe. You can literally step from the manicured lawn of the white-and-grey Miami-style house onto the sand of Noosa’s Sunrise Beach.

Built eight years ago, the home has withstood the test of time, remaining functional for the family as its three children grow into teenagers. Importantly, the clean and contemporary design retains a timeless style, a factor which architect Frank Macchia says was a carefully considered one for the home he created for his good friends, the Cerasani family.The house worked just as well for the family when it had three younger children as it does today, with the kids now teenagers. The house has distinct zones and is designed for separate living over each of its two storeys.

The Function of Each Level

The upper level is used mainly as a family area and this is where the children’s bedrooms are each located, as well as a bathroom and the master bedroom and ensuite. There is also a kitchenette upstairs — an important element in making school-morning rushes run smoothly. The idea is that the family can remain upstairs, get ready for school and work, and have their breakfast without dashing up and down the stairs. “It’s worked really well,” says Frank.

The home’s lower level is where the creative flair really shines and has been designed for entertaining. The downstairs layout has fairly distinct zones to keep the areas separated. This zoning is created using well-lit corridors, which is an old-fashioned way of doing things, admits Frank, but is one that works particularly well for this home. After entering the residence and admiring the fish tank, you can go over a wooden bridge and lap pool, through an alcove and into the media room. The idea is that it’s separated and also “works acoustically”. The downstairs guest bedroom is separated in a similar way and is divided from the main living area. Beyond these quarters is the polished concrete lower level, with the home’s living room, dining area and kitchen all flowing to the outdoor living spaces.

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Entertainment Space

The family is big on entertaining and very good at sharing their beautiful space with other family members and friends. The house has a barbecue area, spacious lawn and decking that spills from the main living room.

“What we enjoy about the house is still discovering new sitting areas after eight years, admiring the view internally as well as externally,” says owner Christina Cerasani.

Though this home fronts the beach, it is also located close to a main road. To keep out any noise or, in fact, any sense of the road even being there, it is as if the house has literally turned its back to it. A sturdy grey faceted wall, up to a metre thick on the facade, serves a dual purpose in acoustically and psychologically blocking out the road and giving a sense “that you’re enclosed in a very strong structure,” says Frank. Rising to the challenge, the architect used this necessary structural element as a reason to do something a bit special.

“It gave us a piece of sculpture. It was an excuse to exaggerate something and create something sculptural and beautiful,” he explains. “It’s timeless, has clean, strong lines and won’t date.”

Creating an Impact With The Exterior

The solid masonry and blocky design of the exterior lends itself to a sense of protection. Having the beach at your back doorstep has its obvious bonuses, but it also means being at the mercy of windy ocean weather; the home’s south-easterly aspect in particular meant this was something that had to be considered.

“Our house is situated in a beachfront estate, with prevailing south-easterly winds. Consequently, we need protection while still having that connection with the beach,” says Christina.

Frank says this was an integral part of the Queensland home. The structure was angled and designed with this in mind so the owners could enjoy having a unique beachfront home yet be completely protected from the wind and weather. The successful design has managed to create open and flowing living areas that provide shelter, yet still embrace the sea.

The natural elements that surround the home tie in with its interior style. A clean white and neutral grey colour palette works well with the square, blocky structure and the use of glass keeps it light. Keeping it neutral and giving the owner a blank canvas to work with was important. It allows the striking beach setting to speak for itself.

Highlighting the Interior

The intentional white palette was like giving Christina, who has an exceptional creative flair, a gallery space to work with. Her interior style uses wooden furniture, natural fibers, splashes of orange and animal objects which, combined with the solid structural elements of the home and its oceanfront aspect, give it a modern yet organic feel. Timber floorboards and polished concrete add to this.

Admiring her sophisticated styling, Frank comments on how the home’s light spaces are used. “Windows face different surfaces; the play of light as it hits the surfaces is important and was orchestrated through the placement of windows. The owners use this with their sculptures and art and it’s almost like a gallery that Christina is curating,” says Frank.

The white masonry render of the exterior is continued on the inside of the house. The block design and use of concrete could have been overpowering and heavy, but is balanced out with the use of glass and a light colour palette such that the feel of the home remains summery and light-filled.

The strong, sculptural design is reflective of the owners themselves, says Frank, who is close friends with the family. “They are modern-thinking, contemporary and they travel a lot. The house works for them,” he says. “It had to be clean, contemporary and quite stylish. The owners have strong personalities and are quite social so the house is reflective of that as well.”

With owners that love entertaining and its direct beach access, it’s no wonder this home and its different zones is a hub of action and socializing for family members of all ages.

Add Value To Your Property With Street Appeal

Entice buyers with a few simple improvements.

Add Value to Your Property With Street Appeal

When putting your house on the market it is crucial to maximise all of your home’s assets. Your property may boast a stunning kitchen renovation or just serious potential, but a lack of vision can deter buyers from venturing past the front gate.

First impressions are lasting, so if you are looking to sell your property it is important to consider your home’s street appeal.

Spruce It Up

If you haven’t used the water blaster since you moved in, this is the perfect time to do so. Mould and mildew on exterior walls can make a house look dingy and bordering on derelict.

Water blasting can be incredibly satisfying if you can find that bright white paint underneath the grime.

If the issue is that the paint is beginning to peel off the walls then a lick of colour is a must. Decide what works with the age and era of your home and fits in with the surrounding houses. Whether it is classic white or warm yellow, your home will emerge looking brand new.

There are also inexpensive ways to make your house stand out from the rest of the street. Paint the front door red, add some shiny new trappings or install a quirky letterbox. The options are endless.

Go Green

A well kept and green garden is a buyers dream. This means ensuring the front of your home is not littered with dead plants or covered in an overgrown jungle. If you do not have much space available, consider planting flowers or box hedging or investing in potted topiaries.

On the contrary, if your garden is suffering from neglect, spend an afternoon with the hedge clippers or lawn-mower and return your garden to its former glory. Weed out all those unwanted creepers growing in the cracks and crevices.

You could also consider fencing your property, as it can add depth. This can help to add privacy to your home, something extremely beneficial if the neighbour’s house is particularly close.


People considering buying a property often drive by before they decide to venture indoors. Due to people’s schedules it is not uncommon for this to occur in the evening after work. Outdoor lighting is a perfect way to bring a sense of warmth and comfort to your property at night.

Street lighting can often be dim, so adding porch or garden lighting is a must. Avoid down lights directly projected onto the house as this might not showcase the best angle of your home.

You could also get creative with lighting. Make sure to accentuate certain features visible to the kerbside?, such as stained glass windows, intricate landscaping or a water feature.