House tour - the home that Frank built

Meet 'the house that Frank built – literally.

Frank Larking is a Beach Haven icon – most famous for building a beach for his local community, one boatload of sand at a time.

Frank was known for his kiwi ingenuity, relentless work ethic and incredible community spirit – a one-of-a-kind, just like this house, which he built himself over 13 years.

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38 Beach Haven Road is one of the most intriguing houses I have had the pleasure of styling. At it's core this a mid-century home – with a simple layout, ample built-in storage, flat ceilings, pelmet windows and wall-mounted feature lighting. But there is a unique eclectic nature to this building, you get the feeling Frank was well-read on international architecture trends of his time.

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Japanese influence appears in these sliding doors – dividing the hallway from the lounge

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Evidence of the beach location appears in the details of this home- in the boat-patterned glass sliding bedroom doors and built-in cabinetry – every square of space has been considered.

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The jewel in the crown is the indoor-outdoor verandah – stretching the full length of one side of the house. Sitting-height window-sills connect this living space to each bedroom. Creating a wonderfully social and multi-functional space. You could say it's like stepping into a Balinese-resort. Equally, it has the feeling of a grand Queenslander verandah. Wherever the influence came from, Frank was a forward-thinking character. 

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With bones this good and plenty of opportunities for adding your own touch – especially in the large flat garden – this would make the perfect forever home. 

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kate alexander