Fisherman’s Bay Project

“Wow” is the first and only word that springs to mind when it comes to this Fisherman’s Bay beach house in Port Stephens. Elegant, light and colourful, the home manages to maintain a level of sophistication that is sometimes lost in the concept of ‘beach house’.

This stylish beach house presents with a unique contemporary feel, yet the owners wanted to retain the original feel, even selecting the same (or very close to) exterior colour as the original beach house.

Salamander Bay-based builder, Trent McDowell of McDowell Homes, was approached by the owners with their initial concept design for renovation of the 60s fisherman’s cottage they had acquired as a relaxed retreat destination – a world away from their globetrotting lifestyle and their Sydney home, yet reflecting their love of the ocean.

“Working with them from the initial concept enabled me to gain an insight into exactly what they wanted to achieve from their renovation, which was to capture the location and incorporate the fundamental principles of beachside living into their home,” said Trent.

“Prior to the renovation, the residence was not particularly special. What was striking though was the site; its close proximity to the coastline and the magnificent views on offer.”

Fisherman’s Bay is one of those hidden hamlets located on the coast of the Tasman Sea adjacent to Anna Bay and the next bay to Boat Harbour – a popular highway for the annual whale migration heading north from Stockton Beach…

Read more in Edition 68 of Hunter Lifestyle Magazine.