The brief was for a secondary dwelling that was more than the usual “granny flat”. The owners of this home wanted a compact but stylish home with a modern beach feel. An open-plan living space with white walls and pale timber floors creates an airy, casual feel, with lounge, dining and kitchen areas cleverly delineated by a subtle narrowing of the space. Behind the living areas is a full bathroom and generously-sized bedroom. Louvred windows capture coastal breezes and ensure the interior is light and airy, and integrated storage ensure everything has a place. Outside features easy maintenance decking of merbau and blackbutt, a salt water plunge pool and outdoor shower – perfect for a post-beach rinse. An adjustable vergola roof over the pool deck is just one of the quality inclusions that make this home compact but extremely liveable.