The coastal retreat is infused with that special something Emily can’t quite put her finger on. Perhaps it was because her husband, builder James Clarebrough, constructed it brick by brick for the couple and their sons, Archie, now 15, and Milo, 12. There’s something quite primal about building a home for one’s family. “James did an amazing job building the home, putting a roof over our heads,” she says. “Care and love exude from every brick and nail.” Equally hands-on, Emily designed and planted the garden herself.
When the couple bought the property in 2015, it was home to a humble two-bedroom fibro bungalow. But the location, within cooee of Back Beach, where both Emily and James enjoyed childhood holidays, enticed them to make a permanent move to the area from their home in inner Melbourne. They lived in the bungalow as it was for two years – time well used, as it gave them the lie of the land, including the sun’s movements throughout the day and the seasons – then demolished it in preparation for a complete rebuild. After visiting the family beach house of prominent architect Rachel Nolan a few years earlier, the couple already knew the look they wanted.
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