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1234567891011121314 – When the first lots of land came up at Murrays Beach, seaside-loving locals Holly and Paul Fox seized the opportunity to build a family home.

“We started building back in 2008,” Holly says.

“We were probably about the fifth house, or the fifth lot of people to move in around here.

“I grew up at Blacksmiths and my husband grew up at Belmont and we were always travelling down this way to go to the beach at Catherine Hill Bay.

“We loved the quietness of it down here.

“When the subdivision came up … we bought our block.”

Despite being first-time builders, the couple had a clear idea of what they wanted from their new home.

“We wanted something that was open-plan but had a real beach house sort of feel to it,” Holly says.

On the must-have list was lots of natural light and functional space for the couple’s two children, now aged 10 and 7.

To achieve this, the house is designed with lots of windows to create “beautiful natural light,” Holly says.

An open staircase with a large void fulfils this purpose too.

The home’s ground floor is all living space, which looks on to the yard.

“So we can see the kids, wherever we are, in the yard,” says Holly.

It’s a real plus for the home’s design.

“That’s probably one of the big things for me,” she says.

Much of the family’s time is spent at ground level.

“It’s all downstairs living,” Holly says.

The interior space at the front of the house is used for the children and is set up with their games and toys.

This second living area has access to a double garage.

At the rear is a combined living, dining and kitchen area, which opens up to an entertainment deck out the back.

The entertainer-style kitchen has a breakfast bar that opens to the living, dining and alfresco areas.

Holly loves this part of the house.

“Probably my favourite space would be the back living area and we’ve got big bi-fold sliders that open up to the deck so we’ve got that inside and outside living,” she says.

Upstairs are three bedrooms and two bathrooms (an ensuite and a family bathroom).

As well as the bedrooms and bathrooms, the upstairs area has a study nook.

The spacious master suite (featuring a walk-in wardrobe) has a deck and a leafy outlook.

“Our bedroom is quite big, quite spacious,” Holly says.

“It has a deck that looks into the trees so it’s quite beautiful.”

The couple embraced the bushland surrounds of Murrays Beach creating gardens and adding greenery to their property.

The colours and materials chosen for the house also reflect the natural surrounds and a relaxed waterside feel.

Different tones of grey are used outside, while inside the colour scheme is beige, with timber floors.

The windows are white.

“We just tried to keep everything very neutral,” Holly says.

The exterior materials are a combination of weatherboards and brickwork (finished with a Taubmans Moroka texture coating), while the interior paint colour is Taubmans Foxtail.

The flooring is an engineered, click together material that can be sanded back, rather than hardwood boards.

“It’s one step up from stock standard laminate,” Holly says.

The flooring was sourced from Independent Carpets at Bennetts Green, as was the carpet upstairs.

Having built a beautifully relaxed and functional family home, the Foxes are ready for their next project.

They have sold their Murrays Beach residence.

The new owners, a retired couple, snapped up the property in its first week on the market.

But the Foxes plan to stay local.

“We won’t be moving far,” Holly says.

They hope to find a “fix-er-upper” house in nearby Caves Beach or Swansea, to be closer to public services.

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