Escape to the country

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A home design that would fit easily into a relaxed country setting was just what this couple wanted. They turned to Sarah Homes to find their dream home

When planning to build a home in a country location, you want a design that will effortlessly blend with the landscape and simultaneously meet your needs.

For first home builders James Semola and Melissa Hamlyn, the design of their home needed to reflect the laid-back nature of their coastal Normanville location. "Honestly, I couldn't imagine living anywhere else, it is such a piece of paradise down here ," Melissa says.

"I have grown up down here and don 't plan on moving elsewhere." Melissa, James and their two dogs needed a design that would make the most of their block's panoramic views, which lead them to the Emily Two-Storey ( Garage) design by Sarah Homes.

The four -bedroom, two -bathroom design effortlessly flows over two levels and harmonises the feel of a holiday home with the practicality needed from an everyday residence. The two-storey design features a large ground level with one of the home's two lounge areas as the central hub. Downstairs there are three bedrooms, a large bathroom and long laundry plus a staggered double garage design complete with a store room.

Upstairs, the master bedroom and ensuite take up one end of the design, and an open plan comprising the kitchen (complete with walk-in pantry), dining and living room, which links to the spacious balcony. There 's also a separate powder room for guests.

'We knew that we wanted to build a two-storey home, with a free open plan," Melissa says. "The Emily Two-Storey by Sarah Homes seemed to tick all of the boxes and once viewing the display home we knew we had found our dream home." The couple were attracted to the design's ability to entertain friends and family, with a spacious open plan upper level focused on shared living spaces. Melissa says although this was an important aspect, they also wanted a home that would grow with them over the years.

"It's perfect for entertaining and large enough for our family to expand and grow in," she says. "We knew that when looking at home designs we wanted something that we can one day start a family in. "The Emily having four bedrooms was exactly what we were looking for, with the living room upstairs and family room downstairs, there is plenty of space to not be all on top of each other."

With a build process of six months, the couple were able to move into their home without any issues, which James says was due to a diligent site supervisor that made the process "relatively easy going". Having now lived in their home for almost a year-and-a-half, Melissa says the home complements their lifestyle with ease, providing a calm and peaceful haven for the couple to return home to each night.

The light-filled interior is contrasted with earthy tones, a deliberate choice by the couple to mirror the natural surroundings of their property. "We love the earthy tone that you get from using wood throughout the home and indoor plants give it such a clean, natural feel," Melissa says. Given the chance to go through the process again, Melissa and James agree they would make slight changes but overall are ecstatic with the finished look of their home.

"This is definitely the sort of lifestyle that we wanted, it's close enough to Normanville centre and the stunning coastlines that the Fleurieu Peninsula has to offer," Melissa says. "Normanville is certainly a holiday destination and we are lucky enough to call it our home." Whether a holiday home or coastal residence , the Emily Two-Storey design provides homeowners with a relaxed and peaceful environment - ideal for home buyers looking to make a sea change.

 

07-Apr-2019 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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The ideal sea change

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A two-storey home that feels like a holiday escape was the perfect choice for this family of five

If you were planning to build in a coastal location, why wouldn't you choose a home design that made it feel like you were constantly on holiday? For South Coast couple Kevin and Debbie Mulcahy and their family, this was the mindset behind their decision to build with Sarah Homes.

"We wanted something that would give us an all around holiday feel," Kevin says. "A two-storey home with balconies was a must and having them face in different directions means we can make the most of the weather no matter the time of day or time of year."

The couple decided to build Sarah Homes' Roberts 2-Storey, a four -bedroom, two-bathroom design with 213sqm of living area. Although suited to a courtyard allotment, the llm wide design also proves ideal for a larger block as it provides plenty of space for gardens and storage solutions, such as the large shed the couple have incorporated on to their block.

"We extended both balconies, making the side balcony double as a space for car parking underneath and we added another bathroom upstairs and a walk-in pantry, " Kevin says. Attracted by the high ceilings and open space of the Roberts 2-Storey display home at Victor Harbor, the couple were also drawn to the builder given its fantastic reputation.

"The size, with a few modifications, was the type of home we were after," Kevin says. The family's home features three bedrooms on the lower level, along with a family lounge at the rear, a bathroom, a separate toilet and a spacious laundry. Meanwhile, upstairs is a haven for entertaining and spending time with family. A living and dining area connects to the luxurious kitchen, with stunning industrial style pendant lights above the breakfast bar and dining table.

Two balconies flow out from the kitchen and living area, expanding the space available and providing the ideal place to entertain friends and family while enjoy views outdoors. Although choosing the design was a relatively simple process, the couple did encounter issues with their allotment which setback the overall construction.

Taking a little under a year to build, Kevin says the initial soil samples did not account for the large amount of rock beneath the block's surface - however, the additional cost for the removal was "more than reasonable". Despite this unexpected setback, the couple says the build process moved quickly once the block's issues were resolved.

"It was great having the building supervisor John Zappia going in to bat for us on a number of occasions, it was a pretty big build and we know things won't always go according to plan - so having someone on your side was a big plus," Kevin says. Having lived in their home for just over a year -and-a-half, the family has created a lovely space that oozes a sense of relaxation and calm. The interior features industrial elements, such as the pendant lighting and striking dark-toned kitchen, and a light and bright colour scheme, allowing the couple to play around with home trends.

Given the chance to build again, Kevin says the only thing he would change would be building "years ago" and they would like to implement more green energy over the next few years. "We will install solar in time to come and make more of the recycled water we have installed," he says.

Living with their children - Beau, Declan and Bridie - Kevin says their home works perfectly for their family, but they are sure it will meet their needs into the future too. "It is one of those houses where you really do feel relaxed, we are still quite a few years away from retirement, but I'd like to think this place suits that part of our life in time to come as well," Kevin says. 'We are really happy with what we have got here."

 

21-Apr-19 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Roberts 2 Storey.

Upstairs and downstairs living

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In the 1940 and  '50s, families with four or more children was the norm - my mother was one of eight, my father one of four. These days, large families aren't so common, but with the rise in blended families there is a real need for larger homes where everyone can have a dedicated space all to themselves.

Upstairs and downstairs living may be exactly what you are when it comes to having lots of children under the one roof. Children can claim the downstairs zone, while adults and take the upstairs. Sound like a fair deal?

One of the great things about this design is that there are four bedrooms on the lower level - all of equal size, so there'll be no complaints among siblings. Each opens to a central rumpus room with 5.5m x 6.6m dimensions, so it's huge and there'll be space for a sofa or two, maybe even a quiet reading corner. Plus, there 's also a kitchenette with sink and cupboards in this rumpus so kids can be self sufficient - just add a fridge and they'll be set. This ground level is also self-contained with the main bathroom, a separate toilet and the laundry (maybe add another toilet in here) too.

Upstairs it's a whole new world with balconies off the living/dining zones and master bedroom to enjoy any city or sea views. A large 5.Sm wide space has been dedicated to the kitchen and with its long island bench, you can tick off the fact that everyone will fit along it at breakfast time.

There will be plenty of room to spread out with more than enough space for the lounge suite, a large dining table, even a play area in one corner. Off this living zone, the spacious master suite, that takes up the length of the design and has its own balcony, will be a retreat at the end of a long  day looking after the kids. A private ensuite - always a blessing when there's little ones around - and a walk-in wardrobe are essentials you'll want and appreciate.

The Grace 2 Storey design is ideal as a holiday home for extended family and friends to stay over, but it will work equally well for those with four or more children , or blended families so everyone can have their own space. As a bonus, this design starts from a mere $172,100.

 

27-Jan-2019 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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Pavilion 135

It’s almost the holidays

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Looking for a holiday house with contemporary vibes?
Then take a look at Sarah Homes' striking Lindsay 160 design

When you have walked through as many holiday home displays as I have, I expect to find neutral facades, airy interiors and homes that evoke a relaxed environment. And that's exactly what you'll want in a holiday home, a relaxed, chilled out space. However, walking towards Sarah Homes' newly revamped Lindsay 160 display home at Old Noarlunga I found myself genuinely excited by its daring contemporary facade. This wasn't going to be just another holiday home.

Wide welcoming timber decks are contrasted by off-white Colorbond corrugate, used horizontally, and dark navy cladding which drapes this angular, almost flat-roofed home creating impact and intrigue. This is a unique architectural design and it would look equally at home near the coast or on acreage.

Sarah Homes' Julie Durand says the four bedroom, two-bathroom design was inspired by clients wanting a calm and informal feeling home that worked with their needs when on holiday.  "The single-storey design is extremely flexible, able to be tailored to suit different blocks and family dynamics," she says. "There is no formal  entry and no formal rooms, the home was designed with a large central open living area to appeal to those who want a relaxed modern lifestyle."

The first thing I noticed about the design was how both access points
- on two sides via the open-plan living zone
- could easily be used as a main entrance.

The fact that the living zone has windows on three sides is a huge plus when it comes to making the most of your allotment's views and the northerly aspect. "Most homes are designed for traditional land  allotments that are rectangular, but this home has a square footprint, giving it an unique edge," Julie says. "It is a straightforward open design with a large voluminous feel." This feeling of space is felt the moment you slide open the doors and walk into the main living space, which expands around you to reveal the dining, living and kitchen area.

In terms of dream inclusions, skylights are towards the top of many wish lists as they allow light to flood through your home and almost become a moving artwork when you lay on the couch and look up to the sky. Here, they are positioned above the lounge and kitchen and they further that contemporary angular feel. Although an optional extra, the difference they make to the main space is huge, allowing the light to bounce off the crisp white interior and draw  your eye to the warm tones of the kitchen and the oak floating floorboards.

The central kitchen is stylish with an island bench and plenty of storage, and being located next to large sliding doors that open out to an undercover deck, it can only be described as an entertainer's dream. This undercover area, particularly when built near the coast, will also offer that extra degree of protection against coastal breezes that you'll most likely need.

Behind the living zone, the hallway runs in two directions, with two points of access to the bedrooms, bathrooms and laundry. As standard, the laundry comes with a basic washtub, which means you can add further storage down the track as your budget allows. However the decking outside the laundry door almost acts as an outdoor mudroom providing a great spot for any sandy or muddy apparel to be left outdoors, without tracking the mess inside.

The main bathroom is nice and spacious and dressed in pleasant white and timber tones with a large double shower and bath , a separate powder room with vanity and a separate toilet. Two bedrooms are nestled on either side of the laundry and although they do not have robes, they are well  sized to allow for storage solutions. At one end of the hallway it expands out to reveal the master bedroom which was a standout in terms of features.

While the large floor space and sliding robes were a big plus, what won me over was the ability to completely open up the room via sliding doors on to a private deck - which  created day dreams of sitting out on the deck on a crisp morning with a cup of coffee, watching the sunrise.  The master ensuite also proves impressive, although the tall, almost floor-to-ceiling window in the double shower might induce some thought as to how close the neighbours are to your home. Or maybe you'll just want to plant a hedge outside the window.

At the other end of the hallway the fourth bedroom provides the ability to convert the space into a rumpus room , nursery or home office. This flexibility ensures this design will grow with your family needs well over time. Throughout the Lindsay 160's design, the neutral interior creates a sense of calm, which is exactly what you want from a holiday home. "The home features neutral interior decor and seems quite tranquil and relaxed , while still very modern," Julie says.

"(The design) provides holiday home buyers with something different to their main home in Adelaide, however having said that we have had clients build it as their main residence." Which is understandable, as the striking facade  would look at home in the trendy suburbs as much as it would in a vacation setting. Sarah Homes have clearly taken their time designing the Lindsay 160, effortlessly balancing the relaxed nature of a holiday home with contemporary design and the features we love in our everyday homes, without breaking the bank, as this design starts from $108,500.

With 199sqm in total size and 147sqm of living area, this design promises to provide your family with plenty of space to relax during your holidays or weekends. In terms of holiday homes, the Lindsay 160 is definitely worth taking the time to visit.

 

02-Dec-2018 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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Morgan 3e

All the difference made this design just right

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When the perfect piece of land came up for sale in a rural setting, the Pavilion 4e design by Sarah Homes was the ideal fit for it

When making the jump from renting to building your own home, you don't want to settle for anything less than perfection. Willunga resident Tanya White had lived in the area for 13 years before the right allotment became available. "We fell in love with the town because there is an amazing sense of community here," she says. 'When our block of land came on the market, and it was affordable, we  snapped it up."

The decision to build her first home with Sarah Homes was simple for Tanya, having already fallen in love with the Pavilion 4e design during visits to their display villages.  Wider than it is deep, with dimensions of 20.7m x 8.7m, the Pavilion 4e design is a modular home with two pods linked by a breezeway. Ideal for wide blocks, the design has a living pod and a pod with sleeping quarters  including four bedrooms, two bathrooms and the laundry.

A large deck is an optional extra that can also be added to the design. "When I purchased the land I wanted to make the most of the views and the Pavilion 4e was just perfect," she says. "It was a design I'd always liked and it just happened to fit perfectly on our block. "Drawn to the obscurity of the design, Tanya made minor tweaks to get the most out of her home, which Sarah Homes were happy to accommodate.

"As a single parent, family budget was a big factor in our build and I'm really pleased with what we managed to include in the build cost," she says  The four -bedroom, two-bathroom design features 140sqm of living space, an ideal size for Tanya and her 15-year-old son Evan, while ensuring there's room to give over the years.  "Because it has four bedrooms and there's only two of us, I get to have a  sewing room and we have a guest room as well as some storage - if anything it will end up being too big rather than too small!" Tanya says.

With a build process of almost a year, Tanya says Sarah Homes' expert advice and consistent communication made the experience as smooth and stress -free as possible. "I had a fabulous consultant called Paula who was just on the same page with me," she says.

"Our building supervisor Zenon was also really great to work with, I came into this build with a reasonable amount of background knowledge and strong ideas of what I wanted and he respected that." Having lived in the home for almost a year and a half, Tanya and Evan are thrilled with the end result.

"We absolutely love it - I never knew how good it was going to feel to own a house but it's just great," Tanya says. "I feel like it's a really functional design that allows us our privacy but also provides a great space for coming together -we love catching up at the dining table while looking at our stunning views."

 

21-Oct-18 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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A place to take in the views

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When a family had the chance to relocate to the country they
chose to build with Sarah Homes and create a unique home on
a property with views of rolling hills and vineyards

There comes a time where many of us dream of escaping to the country and leaving the city hustle behind. For southern suburbs couple Sue and Giulio Dimasi, this dream became a reality when the opportunity came to relocate and build their dream home on a farm with views over a vineyard.

"Giulio (a viticulturalist) and I both come from rural backgrounds, we have both spent many years back in suburbia but it has always been our dream to return to the country," Sue says. Attracted by the innovative style of Sarah Homes ' designs, the couple chose the Pavilion 145 floorplan to base their home on, particularly liking its openness, skillion roof, large living area and an independent kids' area.

The Pavilion 145 is a designed with two pods - a living zone and a sleeping quarters zone - which is connected by a breezeway, with a large deck area out the front. "The house was designed to incorporate the views of the hills beyond," Sue says.

"We started with the Pavilion design then expanded from there. Sarah Homes are very flexible with their home designs and can easily modify existing plans to suit bigger families or needs."  The couple decided to modify the design by adding a third pod , with sleeping quarters on either side of the central living zone to accommodate both their teenage son at one end and have a wing to themselves at the other.

"Because we were building on a farm we needed to find a country house design that incorporated a long thin aspect that had glass along one complete side of the house that allowed for our stunning views across the hills," Sue says. "Our sunsets and sunrises are amazing. "We also wanted it to suit the rural setting, and have space for family and entertaining."

The four -bedroom, two-bathroom, two-living room home is 29.2m in length and has 212sqm of living space. "With teenage children it is nice for them to have an area to themselves when they need it," Sue says. "We liked the layout of the master bedroom in  one pod and the other bedrooms in another pod. The house also lends itself to guests staying over with their own bedroom, bathroom and lounge area."

At one end, Sue and Giulio have a pod to themselves with a large master suite, ensuite and walk-in robe, and sliding doors opening to their own courtyard out front. The home 's entrance and double garage sit behind their room at this end of the home. At the other end of the design, in the third pod, are three bedrooms, the main bathroom, a huge laundry and a snug kids' retreat room.

In the centre is the open -plan living zone with a raked ceiling and views both front and back. Their stylish white kitchen sits at the back of this space overlooking the views, the dining zone and main lounge area. A walk-in pantry is a plus while the island bench is polished in fresh whites and clean lines.

A sheltered raised deck off the living extends this zone further and there's ample space outdoors to fit their dining setting, a couple of  reclining loungers and a couple of comfy armchairs to enjoy long lunches and barbecues in the open air.

Originally quoted a 20-week build time, the Dimasi's home was built in 17 weeks and the family got to move in early, which was a pleasant surprise.  "We found Sarah Homes fantastic in every respect," Sue says. "Our build process was extremely smooth. After we got through the red tape with the council (which had nothing to do with Sarah Homes) each of the build stages seemed to dovetail back-to-back relatively smoothly.

"When we did hit some problems with the council, Sarah Homes were able to assist us in finding a Planning Development consultant and they worked with him to build an argument for our case."

Having now lived in their home for just over 12 months, Sue, Giulio and their son Mathew, couldn't be happier with the end result. "Our house is filled with family and now a beautiful granddaughter," Sue says. "Our golden retriever Bella is also loving all the extra space."

 

16-Sep-18 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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Bring on the holidays

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Take time out this weekend and look for a holiday home to chill out in.
Sarah Homes' Grace 3e design is one we've got our eye on

WORDS TRUDY ORAM

I love it when I find a house with good storage. By that I mean a bank of tall cupboards all in a row - it's a clean, streamlined look and when they're dressed in a dark tone such as Laminex's Fossil, they look even better. And that's what you'll find in Sarah Homes' single -storey Grace 3e design.

This three-bedroom design will predominantly suit the holiday home/ weekender market, but it could also be your permanent forever home it's got such a good vibe - and good storage. The display at Victor Harbor is case in point and it's a delight to find the essentials have not been forgotten just because this may be a casual home as this is most likely to be an entertainer as well.

There's three bedrooms, with enough room for bunk beds to sleep a crowd, there's two modern bathrooms, a decent size laundry and wardrobes in all bedrooms. There's also a huge combined living zone with the lounge to one side, dining in the middle and a very stylish kitchen with that bank of tall cupboards I'm loving. In the display home, the Grace 3e's kitchen is finished with a long island bench (Laminex 's Pure Mineralstone) with a waterfall edge, a seating niche for stools, Blum soft close drawers, a double sink and underbench oven .

But, of course, you'll need some outdoor space too and this one comes with up to three decks so you can enjoy some vitamin D in the midst of winter. You can configure these any which way to cater to your block's individual shape and style. For good measure the living zones look out in two directions to these decks, so when entertaining at the weekend, you 'll be in the midst of things no matter where you are, be it the kitchen, deck or dining.

Another bonus of this design is the ceiling height, reaching a lofty 2.7m as standard which makes such a difference to your internal space. Floor-to-ceiling windows and three sets of aluminium sliding doors which open to the decks create good cross ventilation and thermal efficiency. And affordability can't be ignored with this design starting from $105,700. So you better start looking for that holiday block this weekend.

Features you'll love

More space for living: There's no wasted space in the Grace 3e and only a hallway between the living and sleeping quarters divides the spaces.

Sleek spaces: The modern bathrooms have spacious dimensions, making easy provision for multiple people to use. Both the ensuite and main bathroom, set out in a three-way style of separate vanity area, shower room and toilet are presented in neutral tones with luxurious vanities and wide showers.

Coastal vibes: We love the mix of materials used in the display which gives a relaxed beach feel. This is True Oak corrugated wall cladding, weatherboard, louvre windows and decking.

 

10-Jun-2018 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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Drysdale 4e