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Sorensen Design Enters the 2024 HIA Awards with Stunning Waterfront Project

Sorensen Design Enters the 2024 HIA Awards with Stunning Waterfront Project

Jun 25, 2024

Sorensen Design & Planning is proud to announce its entry into the 2024 Housing Industry Association (HIA) Awards! This prestigious event celebrates excellence in the Australian housing industry, and our nomination highlights our team’s dedication to creating extraordinary residential spaces.

This year's standout submission is the breathtaking waterfront residence at 205 Foreshore Drive, Corlette, showcasing our expertise in combining luxury, functionality, and environmental harmony.

The Jewel of Corlette: A Luxurious Waterfront Retreat

The 205 Foreshore Drive project is a luxurious retirement holiday home designed to accommodate three generations of a family. Nestled in the serene and picturesque suburb of Corlette, this north-facing waterfront property seamlessly integrates with its natural surroundings, offering unobstructed views of the bay.

The design brief emphasised creating a minimalist yet elegant beach house that provides comfort and ease of maintenance, perfectly reflecting its function as a holiday retreat.

Design Philosophy: Elegance Meets Sustainability

Foreshore Drive open plan living area

Aesthetic Appeal

Our approach to this project embodies contemporary yet timeless design elements that complement the coastal setting. Using timber, off-form concrete, and glass harmonises with the natural environment.

At the same time, large windows and open spaces maximise natural light and provide panoramic views of the bay, creating a strong connection between indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Foreshore Drive open plan living area


The open-plan layout promotes a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor areas, with multi-functional living spaces for relaxation and entertainment. Each room offers direct or partial water views, enhancing the home’s connection to its stunning natural surroundings.

back view of project


Committed to reducing environmental impact, the design incorporates eco-friendly building practices, materials, and technologies, such as solar panels, rainwater harvesting systems, and energy-efficient appliances.

Passive design strategies like natural ventilation, shading, and thermal mass enhance energy efficiency.


Comfort & Luxury

High-quality finishes and fittings reflect luxury and sophistication throughout the home. Spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, including a master suite with a private terrace, offer stunning views.

The functional kitchen, well-appointed living area, and dining space accommodate large family gatherings, ensuring comfort and practicality.

balcony overlooking the water

Outdoor Living

Expansive outdoor living areas, including two outdoor decks, blend seamlessly into the horizon. Landscaped gardens enhance the natural surroundings while providing privacy.

The design ensures easy access to outdoor spaces from all main living areas, encouraging a strong connection with nature.

Overcoming Design Challenges

site analysis

The design team navigated several constraints, including adhering to Port Stephens Council Development Control Plans and considering the impacts of coastal weather conditions. The project respects neighbouring properties and maintains privacy for the holiday home and surrounding residences.

Our innovative solution to the flood planning level requirements involved elevating the ground floor by 1.8 metres, achieved through a combination of retaining walls and an elevated ground floor plate. This elevation ensures that the home remains integrated with its waterfront setting while offering direct access to the beach.

Discover The Possibilities For Your Own Design Project

Our commitment to excellence is clear in every detail of the 205 Foreshore Drive project, from design and planning to execution. This entry into the HIA Awards showcases our team’s talent and highlights our dedication to creating beautiful, sustainable, and functional living spaces.
Sorensen Design’s participation in the 2024 HIA Awards underscores our position as leaders in the design field. For more information about this project, completed projects, or how we can help design your dream home, contact us at (02) 4984 9955 or

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