The two-storey Streeton by Sarah Homes provides couples with an ideal weekend getaway as well as having enough space to bring the family together
words john merriman photography nick clayton
With an ever-growing brood of grandchildren Grahame Moore and partner Deni finally admitted they had outgrown their quaint, transportable holiday home.
However, they loved the location with views of the sea and the rolling hills, so moving was never an option. “Once we made the decision to upsize we spoke to an architect about designing a new home but we quickly found that was going to be out of our budget,” Grahame says.
“Almost by accident we dropped into a Sarah Homes display village and we were very impressed by what they could achieve for us within a very realistic budget. “Deni and I both had our ideas of what we would like the home to have, and Sarah Homes were more than happy to make the changes we wanted, which was great for us,” he says. The result was a four-bedroom home with study, providing enough space for 12 beds.
The top level houses the spacious main bedroom with a generous mesquite built-in wardrobe. Adjacent is a powder room so guests don’t have to enter the main suite or go downstairs to the main bathroom. A corner kitchen has ample undependable and cupboards for storage, a breakfast bar and stainless steel appliances. The couple added bi-folding barbecue windows to service the rear decked veranda, ideal for entertaining.
“Having the windows to pass out food and drinks is ideal, otherwise you have to keep walking all the way around the house into the kitchen and back again,” Grahame says. “Also we have views of the hills from the part of the home so being able to see them from the kitchen was a bonus.” Formica floorboards provide an important and easy clean option, running through the living area and meals zone.
“With lots of grandchildren running around inside we wanted something that could be tidied easily and quickly,” Grahame says. “Often there is at least two families staying in the home at the same time, especially over the holidays. “With the three bedrooms downstairs and a separate living area it provides a great place for kids to entertain themselves while the adults can have a little quiet time upstairs.”
A combined linen and general storage cupboard was created on the ground floor to sit in front of the stairwell, reducing the amount of noise that reaches the top level. The bedrooms and study are all carpet for comfort while the good-sized main bathroom provides all the space needed to keep the guests clean.
“We added an outdoor shower, with hot and cold water, which is probably the most used shower in the home,” Grahame says. “The laundry is a good size and is used at the main entry to the home.”
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