17 May 2011

April 18th 2010

On April 18th 2010 (almost a year ago exactly), this article by Kerrie Davies was published in the Daily Telegraph. Below is an excerpt regarding our house(!):

(above) This photo was taken the day Mr Tonic attacked the garden, so please excuse the lawn mess! Note also the ladder & (yellow) vacuum on the deck...

"In Avalon, a memorable 1950s beach house is being auctioned in May. Defined by its butterfly roof and designed by architect Loyal Alexander as his family home, it was profiled in the 1958 August Australian House and Garden magazine. 

The editorial declared: “A break in the roof line at the entrance lets sun and light into the house, and walls of glass and sliding glass doors create space and light to make the house larger.’’ But for all its style, its not quite large enough for the Robson-Scott family, who have lived there for the past six years and plan to go auction next month. 

While appreciating the house’s history, Geoff, Mariana and their children were constrained by space, so they built two cabins in the sprawling backyard; one that housed a spare bedroom for Mariana’s late father and an office for Geoff; and the other, a therapy room for Mariana, a Kahuna massage therapist. They also added large bifold windows and French door opening onto a timber deck to the front. Ironically, in a reverse of family trends, the 1950s Alexander family had only two children, while the Robson-Scotts have four. 

As with most retro properties, the kitchen and bathroom that gleamed with ultra-modernism in the 1958 article are now showing age. “A smaller family who like retro could enjoy living here with renovations to the bathroom and the kitchen,’’ Mariana says. “But we’ve outgrown it, and to be honest, retro was never our style. We bought it for the northeast aspect, garden size and the close proximity to the beach. We meant to renovate and extend, but it is too costly, so we’ve decided to sell instead and buy something else.’’

And aren't we glad they did!


  1. Your house is stunning, and what a fascinating read. All those large windows. Beautiful!

  2. Louise it is so exciting that you took on this project and made it your own! That is a labor of love!

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  3. I am glad that somebody bought it who will appreciate it, and not wreck it. There is such a fine line, though, between restoring it to a home that works for today's lifestyle/ technology yet retains the spirit of the original design, compared with renovating it into a complete museum that is too rigid.
    Therein lies the challenge and the fun!

  4. How could you buy a house that is so defined by it's style and not actually LIKE that style?? It is with it's rightful owners now!!

  5. Wow, what an architectural gem! Very jealous, but so glad she has now has owners that love & appreciate her... I saw a similar albeit very run down house for sale in Brisbane recently. It's sad to think this one will almost certainly be bulldozed. :(

  6. What a lovely little story - and thank god they wanted to sell!

  7. Sounds perfect to me. Love the pic!

  8. What a lovely little story - and thank god they wanted to sell!

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