Boxing Clever

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Hip to be Square

Boxing Clever

Ideal for a square or wide allotment, Sarah Homes' Lindsay 4e  will make you feel like you're on holiday all the time
For a square, the Lindsay 4e by Sarah Homes is cutting edge. "The home is quite different, as it has a square footprint," Helen Lowrie of Sarah Homes says. "Most homes are designed for traditional land allotments that are rectangular." For this reason it is appealing as a holiday getaway for anyone looking for something far removed from their home, particularly if it's a more traditional design. 

But Helen says a number of clients have also built the Lindsay 4e's "simple open design with a large voluminous feel" as their main residence. For many, no doubt, it's because they want to feel like they're on holiday every day. "This home has a very relaxed informal feel, there is no formal entry and no formal rooms," Helen says. "The Lindsay 4e was designed with a large central open living area to appeal to those who want a relaxed, modern lifestyle."

In fact, the Lindsay 4e was designed as a 'push me, pull me' home. "The elevation works equally well from the front or the back," Helen says. "Quite often, the question is which is the front. It has been described as similar to a palindrome word." In line with the home's laidback feel, the four bedrooms are in each corner of the home, giving everyone their own quiet place to retreat to. "The bedrooms quite often get zoned as two distinct areas, the adult zone on the side of the home with the main bedroom, and either a kids' zone or guest zone on the other side," Helen says.

The main bedroom has a built-in robe and ensuite with a double shower for a touch of luxury. The main bathroom on the opposite side has been cleverly designed so it can be used by more than one person at a time, which will be appreciated if the home is a primary place of residence. The bathroom is three-way, meaning one child can be having a shower while another brushes his or her teeth in the separate vanity.

Next to that is a handy good-sized laundry which opens to the outdoors for convenience. While the bedrooms and bathrooms are positioned to give everyone their space, the large central open plan, with the kitchen, meals and family areas, is designed to bring them together. "For the days when weather allows outdoor entertaining, the large double sliding doors open directly from the kitchen and dining area to outside," Helen says. "Due to the large double sliding doors on both sides of the home, it has excellent thermal efficiency and cross ventilation. "The interplay and transfer of light through the central living area provides little need for cooling or heating."

Helen says visitors to the Pooraka display home often pick the Lindsay 4e's open plan as their favourite feature. "The living area captures their imagination with its ability to enjoy views from both sides of the home - it could be sea views from one direction and hill views from the other." Suited to those who want a relaxed lifestyle, the Linsday 4e design also offers flexibility. "The floorplan can be changed or adapted to anyone's needs," Helen says, noting carport and garages can easily be added if desired. "However, due to the unique nature of this design, it rarely gets changed." If anything, people alter the decking areas, she says. "The size of these depends on their land size and entertaining needs."

 

20-Jul-2014 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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