What’s up, guys? Today we’re checking out the Aireys House, which is, you guessed it, in Aireys Inlet. We’re about two hours out of Melbourne, just off the Great Ocean Road. It is a particular average Melbourne day today. It’s very grey, the rain is starting to come down. So I’m kinda stoked to get inside, let’s do this
You know when you go to a party and you see that really cool intimidating person, and you’re kind of wanting to go chat to them but you’re also really scared ’cause you don’t know what they’re gonna be like? But then you do and it turns out they’re amazing, they’re super friendly and they become your BFF. And that’s kinda what this home feels like. It’s this incredible, intimidating fortress from the outside. There’s a lotta sharp lines, a lotta angles, and you just don’t know what you’re gonna expect on the inside. But, when you do it, it’s just sorry welcoming, it is so warm and cosy, and it’s just got this really lovely family feel to it.
We’ve gotta talk about those views, the views are what hit you, and you can obviously tell that it has been designed around these spectacular views over Aireys Inlet. That amazing apex that leads your eye straight up into the sky and out over to that lighthouse. It is incredible, it’s absolutely next level.
“The angles are just everywhere. It’s amazing, it’s just like angle overload. Seriously, there’s so much attention to detail. The angles are in the doors, they’re in the timber panelling, they’re in the roof lines, they’re in the cabinetry, they’re in the shower. They’re literally everywhere and it’s kind of awesome. I mean, it’s literally so much fun.”
This house seriously is a lot of fun. There’s a lot of different spaces to hang out, there’s a lot of different levels. It’s kind of almost disorientating when you’re walking around because there are so many places to explore and there are things you just don’t anticipate being there that are actually there. I mean, it kind of wraps around itself. It’s amazing, it doesn’t have a set formula, kind of like it takes you on a journey.
The house is three levels, but it kinda doesn’t feel like a set three-level home, because of the way it slopes and splits and you can enter through different entry points. What’s interesting is the way that they’ve manipulated the landscape. They’ve obviously dug in, they’ve created that sunk-in basement level with the workshop, you’ve got wine cellar, you got storage. And essentially the roof of that lower-level becomes your ground floor. And to get to that ground floor, you have to go up these rolling hills and that leads you in, and then you can go further up onto the third level. I think it’s really interesting, the way that they’ve reflected that, it really plays to nature, and they’ve created their own landscape so to speak. The hills, the slopes, the gradients, it all just works really well. And again, it just makes it feel a bit different. It doesn’t feel like a traditional three-level home.
“Interiors wise, I love that this home is lived in, it’s got life, it’s got soul, it’s a family home. There’s heaps of storage for kids games. There are books, there are cushions everywhere. They don’t necessarily fit any kind of colour scheme, and I love it, it just works. It’s just a really happy home.”
You can tell that the owners really love to spend time with their family, and a lot of the home has been really designed around creating those lovely central hubs. The living area is really cosy and it’s all open plan to that kitchen and dining. But in contrast to all those open-plan spaces as well, all the bedrooms and the bathrooms are also really private, which is always really important if you’ve got a lot of people staying in your beach house, you’re gonna wanna make sure you have some downtime to yourself.
All of the outdoor entertaining is done at the rear of the block, that’s actually north-facing. And the reason they’ve done that is because it is much more protected from the weather. I mean, being down here on the coast, the weather is brutal, it’s up-and-down and we’ve seen that today. That cops a lot of wind, a lot of rain. So the back is really protected. Hang out there, have a barbie, have your outdoor shower. That’s where you want to chill out, definitely in the summer anyway. But during what, all year round, this is where you wanna be, that living and dining space.
This house is so much fun. I’ve gotta admit, it was not what I was expecting at all. And if this is a lesson for anyone, make sure you approach and say hello to that cool intimidating person, because on the inside they’re probably awesome. I love this home. I’m gonna happily sit here all afternoon drinking my wine, I might light the fire. But then I may never leave.
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Check out our previous Let Us In Episode 15 where we take a tour of a 1903 Edwardian Home in Kew.