Needing an escape from the daily grind, this couple chose the Emily
two-storey from Sarah Homes for their ideal weekend getaway
WORDS John Merriman PHOTOGRAPHY Nick Clayton - the Sunday Mail Home Magazine 20-Nov-2011
With an extended balcony for alfresco entertaining and two kitchens, this home was designed to party. For Christina and Gavin Repetti relaxing on weekends and holidays with friends has always been appealing.
"We wanted a holiday home so we could find a place to get away from hectic life for a while and enjoy the company of friends," Christina says.
"Building on a block that was slightly raised, we wanted to make the most of the sea views to one side and hills views to the other so the two-storey design was ideal for us."
The couple wanted a modern beach house with open-plan living and a large decked balcony to enjoy balmy summer evenings.
"After looking at a few different builders we were very happy to go with Sarah Homes," she says.
"They were exceptional to deal with and super flexible when it came to making alterations to the design and reorientating the floor plan."
Some of those changes included expanding the downstairs living area, adding a kitchenette and moving the double garage to the rear of the home.
"Having the home the way it is really lends itself to separate families sharing the house at the same time," she says. "Quite often we have people staying over and if they want to make themselves a cup of coffee in the morning or have some breakfast they can do that in their own privacy and without having to disturb anyone else.
"It will also be appealing if we use the home as a rental property, allowing two families to co-exist in comfort.
The ground floor also houses the three minor bedrooms, all with built-in wardrobes, laundry with overhead cupboards and extra storage under the staircase. "We moved the double garage to the back of the home which has an entry to the home via the laundry," Christina says.
"This is really handy when we come back from the beach because we can dump our sandy things and give ourselves a quick wash off before entering the home and dropping sand everywhere."
The top level includes the main bedroom with built-in wardrobes and an ensuite with twin basins and a spa bath. "I think itís a bit of luxury for us to have the spa bath," Christina says. "While the two basins are just much more practical."
Adjacent is a powder room for guests. A galley kitchen has overhead cupboards for extra storage, an island bench with breakfast bar, glass splashback and a quick-clean induction cook top.
The kitchen looks over the dining room with the casual lounge to one side. Sliding glass doors afford excellent sea views and lead to the large, decked balcony.
For more information about the house in this story please look at the Emily 2 Storey product page.