Simple is very rarely easy. Refined and understated, the Raumati beach house demonstrates a mastery of materials and design philosophy. It has everything you could ever really want in a beach house: An open living room, fireplace, outdoor shower and — most importantly — direct beach access. The rear of the New Zealand home, which was designed by architects at Herriot + Melhuish, has panoramic sliding glass doors that open wide towards the ocean, effectively extending the family room towards the horizon. [via materialicious]