White + Dickson Architects
Designed and Built
Andrew Dickson and Ben White
4/41 Frederick Street, East Gosford NSW 2250
3 Bedroom, Study, 2.5 Bath, 3 Car (Garage)
© Michael Nicholson
Habitat offers high-quality design and low-maintenance living in East Gosford, an established and popular neighbourhood on the Central Coast. Designed by Andrew Dickson and Ben White of White + Dickson Architects and completed in February 2017, Habitat is a four-house development that takes its cues from modernist architecture.
Wide open stacker doors capturing bay breezes, sunshine glinting off the Broadwater and the lush green of the bush in the surrounding hills. Habitat’s name says it all and its carefully conceived building and interior design, undertaken by respected local architects White + Dickson is unique, enduring, highly functional and harmonious with its surrounds.
Habitat, House Four is well suited to families. The three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom duplex has separate living and kitchen/dining areas and three private outdoor spaces. The living room opens to a balcony at the front of the house; the spacious kitchen and dining area extends to the rear garden; and a terrace provides sheltered outdoor space at the side of the house. Colours and materials have been inspired by the local environment and every room has been designed to capture cross breezes for natural ventilation. The large, 209 square-metre townhouse receives morning and afternoon sun and has views of the Broadwater and Caroline Bay. The garage has space to accommodate three vehicles or the rear space can be transformed into a home gym, wine cellar, studio, workshop or storage area. It’s equipped with a three-phase power outlet.
The development’s unique, two-by-two configuration, abundant natural light and carefully conceived cross ventilation will appeal to villa, duplex and town home buyers with an eye for architecture, design and quality.
“Habitat, House Four features an emphasis on layout, function, energy efficiency and a seamless relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces.”
Habitat offers high-quality design and low-maintenance living in the ever popular and highly convenient neighbourhood of East Gosford on the Central Coast. Designed by Andrew Dickson and Ben White of White + Dickson Architects and completed in February 2017, Habitat is a four-house development that takes its cues from modernism. It has an emphasis on layout, function, energy efficiency and a seamless relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Habitat is a four-house development in a two-by-two format. The adjoining front townhouses (Houses One and Two) are well suited to downsizers, while the adjoining rear duplexes (Houses Three and Four) are ideal for families.
Each house is an assemblage of geometric volumes configured to create indoor and outdoor rooms. Their open-plan layouts are designed for convenient and functional living; high-quality fittings, fixtures and surfaces are long lasting and durable; large expanses of glass integrate indoor and outdoor spaces; and passive solar design principles maximise natural light, cross ventilation and thermodynamic properties.
House Four is a three-storey duplex with the garage and entrance on the ground level, living and outdoor spaces on the first floor and bedrooms on the top level. The 209-square metre home receives morning and afternoon sun and has views of the Broadwater and Caroline Bay.
The garage has space to accommodate three vehicles. Alternatively the rear space can be utilised as a home gym, wine cellar, studio, workshop or storage area. It’s been equipped with three-phase power.
Adjacent to the garage, the front door opens to a staircase that leads to the first floor of the house. There is a powder room at the top of the stairs and the landing fans west to the living room and eight-metre-square balcony, and east to the kitchen, dining area and rear garden. A clear sight line from the balcony to the garden enhances the openness and flow of the house.
The living room receives afternoon sun and sliding glass doors provide access to the front balcony. A terrace at the south side of the house allows for natural ventilation, and the laundry opposite is concealed behind sliding doors.
The open kitchen and dining area receive morning sun and are designed for family life and socialising. A large kitchen island serves as a space for cooking, working, studying, gathering and informal family meals. Polished concrete benchtops, sepia oak joinery and a smoky glass mirror splashback highlight the emphasis on beautiful and durable materials evident throughout the house.
Sliding glass doors open the dining room to the rear outdoor space, which at 57 square metres is large in comparison to most townhouses. The garden has a grassed area edged with fast-growing bamboo and Lady Finger Palms for privacy, and the tumbled Gohera limestone terrace provides space for a barbeque and outdoor dining setting.
Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a powder room and study area are upstairs. The landing has a long desk with space for two people and a panoramic window offers views of Caroline Bay. The master bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite bathroom is at the front of the house and two bedrooms are at the rear of the house. Like all rooms in the house, they have been designed to maximise natural light and cross ventilation with picture windows and wind-out hopper windows. The bathrooms too are light and open with spacious wet areas, a full-sized metal bathtub and sepia oak vanities.
The house has been designed with attention to comfort and energy efficiency. Pure New Zealand wool carpet in the bedrooms is soft underfoot and naturally works to improve the indoor air quality of the house. Honed Gohera limestone flooring in the living spaces is durable and hardwearing, and spotted gum timber on the stairs and hallway bring the warmth and texture of the natural environment inside. There are louver windows, ducted air conditioning and video intercoms throughout and all lighting has been designed and manufactured by the Lighting Guild, which is dedicated to producing locally manufactured, sustainable and more efficient lighting fixtures.
Habitat East Gosford has been designed for energy-efficient, low-maintenance living. There is meticulous attention to high-quality design and it takes advantage of its setting and environment for the integration of indoor and outdoor space and a flowing and functional interior layout.
4/41 Frederick Street, East Gosford NSW 2250
3 Bedroom, Study, 2.5 Bath, 3 Car
Internal area (approx.)
209 sq m (2,249 sq ft)
External areas (approx.)
80 sq m (861 sq ft)
Land area (approx.)
289 sq m (3,111 sq ft)
White + Dickson Architects is a local architecture practice based in East Gosford. Established by Andrew White and Benjamin Dickson in 2010, the firm is bringing the aesthetics and functional benefits of modern architecture to the Central Coast, delivering luxury private homes, apartments and other residential and retail developments. White + Dickson homes are characterised by timeless design that is driven by quality and functionality rather than trends.
Andrew Dickson has extensive experience in both private and public architecture. After graduating from the University of New South Wales, he gained experience at Allen Jack + Cottier Architects and MFA Architects. Dickson then held the position of Managing Director and Principal Design Architect and Strategist at Andrews.Neil Urban Design Group.
Habitat East Gosford is located in a well-established area on the Central Coast. The clean and quiet neighbourhood is predominantly home to families, retirees and professionals with a recent increase in townhouses and villas for downsizers and families with children.
Most everything is a short drive from the house and there is a choice of public and private schools in the area. The East Gosford town centre with popular cafes, restaurants and stores is five minutes away, as is the Central Coast Stadium and the Gosford train station, which provides convenient access to Sydney and other locations up and down the coast. The Broadwater waterfront is only a few minutes away and beaches, such as Terrigal, Avoca and Bateau Bay, are a 15 to 20 minute drive.
Located within walking distance to the café and shopping precinct of East Gosford, the new Gosford and Point Frederick waterfronts, Rumbalara Reserve bushwalking tracks and Gosford train station, 41 Frederick Street is close to everything needed in the East Gosford/Point Frederick area.
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