The Modern Coastal Build Made Easy

The Modern Coastal Build Made Easy

Sean Coddington, from multi-award winning Sustainable Design & Construct, built this beautiful home at Freshwater exploring passive solar design.

Case Study
Sean Coddington from Sustainable Design & Construct

As a couple with full-time jobs and young children, Angela Ewers and her partner Adam were looking to create a stunning new home in the Northern Beaches that wouldn’t make big demands on their time.

Sean Coddington of Sustainable Design & Construct and architect Sue Connor, came up with a modern coastal design to replace the original 1940s double brick dwelling.

“The design uses clean lines and a subtle colour scheme to create a simple beach style,” says Sue. “But it also needed to be low maintenance and functional with good connection to the surrounding landscape.”


For a home with architectural details like skillion roofs and highlight windows to capture the northern light,

Sean knew he needed quality materials and a flawless finish to pull the whole look together. Although he had already worked with James Hardie products, this project gave Sean a chance to showcase the range.

“I was trying out new products everywhere possible on this build – from the cladding boards and EasyLap™ panels for the façade to the Secura interior flooring in the wet areas,” says Sean. “So it was helpful to have support on demand from our James Hardie rep Michael and his expert team to keep everything going smoothly.”

In Sean’s view, the quality of the materials lived up to the standard of technical support from Michael and his team. “All the products are high quality, straight and true, so there is minimal waste and they accept paint really well for a great finish. I particularly like the Stria™ cladding as it’s so quick and easy to install.

The fixings are concealed by the following sheet so there are very few nail holes to fill. And by getting some ideas from the James Hardie look book and going back and forth with Michael, it was easy to adapt standard corner moulds and flashings to get the detailing just right for this clean coastal look.”

It wasn’t hard for Sean to bring Angela around to the idea of James Hardie as a good option for low-maintenance materials with the right look for her home. As a member of the James Hardie team, she knows how durable and versatile their products are.

“We chose HardieDeck™ because the deck was going to be exposed to lots of sun and rain and we didn’t want to have to constantly stain or treat it,” says Angela. “We opted for the Axon™ and Stria™ cladding because we wanted to mix and match to achieve different looks.

The cladding also fits in nicely with the more traditional beachside homes in our neighbourhood, like the old weatherboard shacks.

With the thicker profile of the James Hardie boards, you get the same look in a product that’s designed to be low-maintenance and hard wearing in spite of strong sunlight and salty ocean breezes.”