With sea views around the corner, this couple subdivided their
block and built the Emily Two-Storey from Sarah Homes
WORDS John Merriman PHOTOGRAPHY Nick Clayton - the Sunday Mail Home Magazine 18-Mar-2012
For six-year-old twins Jessie and Riley Sneath, seeing their new home being built in their own backyard was almost too much excitement to contain.
Parents Natalie and Dwayne, made the decision to split their block and build a two-storey home, facing the sea.
"Our original house was about 40 years old and we had a swimming pool and large shed in the backyard of our corner block," Natalie says. "We knew if we could build a two-storey home, behind the original home but facing the side, we would have lovely water views.
"After a little hesitation we decided to go ahead and started looking around at two-storey display homes.
"We definitely wanted the main living and bedroom on the top floor and second living area on the ground, so there wasn’t a great deal of scope when it came to different designs."
While losing the swimming pool wasn’t a big hit with the children originally, their new, larger bedrooms and watching the construction take place, was.
"Jessie and Riley were super-excited watching the home being built," Natalie says. "But you can only maintain that level of excitement for so long.
"We were all constantly walking around the building site watching it go up." With their new bedrooms, the twins now have the space to fit bunk beds, fantastic for fun sleepovers.
"They are both really happy with their new rooms," Natalie says. "And they have their own lounge downstairs as well."
On the ground floor are the children’s bedrooms and a third that is used as a study/guest room. The three-way bathroom was increased in size and all rooms open on to a family living area.
Stairs leading to the top level have a handy storeroom underneath. A galley kitchen with Caesarstone benchtop finished in a polished dusk combines with a stunning blue glass splashback to create an eye-catching feature. It looks over the dining area while a sliding glass door and bi-folding cafe doors lead out to the balcony.
"We will often take our dinner and sit outside on the balcony for our evening meals," Natalie says. "It’s very pleasant and great on hot summer nights. When we are entertaining friends or family the balcony just works as an extension of the indoor areas."
A powder room is next to the stairs, providing an easily accessible location for guests – and children – to wash before dinner. Behind the kitchen is the main bedroom with ensuite, built-in wardrobe and sliding door access to the balcony.
"The view from the bedroom over the sea is probably the best in the home so it is something we really wanted to take advantage of," Natalie says.
For more information about the house in this story please look at the Emily 2 Storey 4 Bed Garage product page.