How to make a dream house?
The sea is the place to build it, according to a new book by a Sydney architect.
With its waves crashing in the background and waves that can reach 50 metres, the ocean is the perfect place to create your dream home, said Sydney-based architect, Mark Riddell.
“It’s the perfect backdrop, and if you have the right materials, the right location and a bit of time and imagination, you can create a beautiful house out of the ocean,” Mr Riddett said.
Mr Rindell, who has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Sydney, created the book to help the public gain an insight into building a dream home in the wild, where the sea provides shelter and the wind and waves can cause damage.
He said the book was meant to be a “guide to what to do if you’re building a house in the ocean”.
“If you want to make your dream a reality, there are a lot of things you can do that are easy and inexpensive and then the next step is getting it built, and then you can see how it looks from above,” Mr, Riddells book said.
“So the first thing to do is get your materials, and once you have your materials you can then look at what the cost of the materials is and then what you can spend money on.”
The book offers advice on the best way to build a dream ocean home, including materials, how to design the house, the best building materials, what materials to use and the best construction techniques.
“You should start with your materials and then work backwards to see what the best materials are, and what the costs of those materials are,” Mr. Ridders book said, “So if you want a house that you can put your children in and enjoy, the cost to build one is $5,000, so you should start off with the cheapest materials and build a house from there.”
The first section of the book contains advice on designing the building materials and how to use the materials, such as cement, cementboard and tar sand, the latter two are used to build house walls.
The second section is an introduction to the materials needed for building a typical beach house, including a list of materials that are suitable for building beach houses.
“If the beach house is not your style, you could use a sand bed, sand or gravel beach house and you can also use some gravel for a beach house,” the book said of building a beach home.
“The best material to use for a house is probably the sand, and I think the best sand is the one that’s been in the water for at least 10 years.”
The building techniques in the book are very simple, Mr Ridenell said.
The first thing you need to know is what is sand.
“Sand is the softest material in the world, it’s the soft stuff.
And the best thing to use is a small piece of sand,” he said.
After you’ve selected the materials you want, it is time to build the house.
The building materials used for a sea dwelling can range from sand, gravel and sand bed to sand and concrete.
“We are also building a sea house with a house, and the house will have to be built out of concrete, which is the hardest concrete you can get in the area,” Mr Ryndell said, adding that the concrete can be hard to build up in the surf.
The final step in building a ocean dwelling is to choose the materials.
“When you’re talking about building a home, you want something that is waterproof, and you want it to be able to withstand the wave, so that when you get out of there you can stay dry,” Mr riddell said of designing the best ocean dwelling materials.
The book can be purchased for $22.99 at www.markriddellbooks.com.au, and will be available on digital and hardcover from May 15.
“There are a few other books out there, but this one really has the best of the best,” Mr Brierley said.