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

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

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

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Lindsay 160.

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

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Pavilion 4e.

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

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Pavilion 145.

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


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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Life off the grid

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A couple who were after an off-the-grid lifestyle realised their dream when they found Sarah Homes Hayborough 3 design

When you think of building an "off-the -grid" and "energy efficient" home, the word "affordable" probably does not spring to mind. Yet that's what Hills couple Sarah and Jamie Adams set out to achieve: an affordable build and an ongoing sustainable lifestyle in a rural setting. And now after building their own home they are living off grid - and loving it.

"We were looking for a property with small acreage near a Hills town and within an hour's drive to work," Sarah says. After a walk through Sarah Homes ' Hayborough 3 display, the couple knew they had found the right builder for their needs, having been pleased by the level of finishes they saw and Sarah Homes' aesthetics.

"We wanted something that would suit the landscape and sitting on the hill as it does it is very visible, but we did not want anything too obtrusive ," Sarah says. "We chose Sarah Homes as we preferred the finish and the service we received on inquiry."

The couple based their home on the single-storey Hayborough 3 design, a three-bedroom, one -bathroom home. The design - which starts in price from $89,000 - has one main living zone combining the kitchen, dining and lounge. They chose to modify it slightly to suit  their lifestyle living on a rural property and the landscape.

'We loved the open -plan living area and unobstructed views, so we included a deck extension, we added an extra toilet , changed the orientation of the roof for solar power collection and removed the two-way bathroom ," Jamie says. Despite the rocky nature of their allotment, Sarah Homes were able to work with their block of land, raising the home to meet their build requirements and to reduce the impact on the land.

"Our consultant listened to all our input regarding orientation and positioning on our block ," Sarah says. "As well as adding extra energy -efficient elements, we also found we needed extra bracing in the roof structure to accommodate the solar system, which proved no problem for the builder." Sarah and Jamie say the design's 16.3m width appealed to them as didn't take away from the raw beauty of their property.

Inside, the aesthetic also works in harmony with the surrounding landscape. "The colours are slates for the rock, creams for the grasses in summer and browns for the wood," Sarah says. "The flooring was completed by Jamie and we chose a colour to match the merbau of the deck so that it flowed nicely."

The building process took less than 20 weeks to complete and the couple say the communication level with Sarah Homes was fantastic. Their affordable home marries modern living with environmental sustainability, and the couple are now enjoying the benefits of reduced costs of living.

"We love that this home is completely off the grid - we have solar with battery storage, bottled gas and rainwater ," Sarah says. "It's a dream come true to be living with my horse and have so many options for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding so close at hand - we're living the lifestyle we always wanted."


08-Apr-2018 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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The kids’ retreat

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The modern family home should have all the bells and whistles,
and while parents are often treated to a space just for
themselves in new home builds, what about the kids

Outside of their bedrooms, children need a shared breakout space to relax in front of a movie, do homework, hang out friends or just play ... somewhere they can make a mess, and they can tidy it up later on. Many home designs and builders are now including children's retreat areas in their designs and essentially these are living zones close to bedrooms and away from line of sight of the main living space - so you don't need to see their mess as you, or guests, walk through your home.

Whether you have young children in need of a playroom or teenagers wanting their own personal space , the kids' retreat is a great inclusion as it takes the clutter (and technology) away from bedrooms, and gives kids a dedicated place of their own. From light and bright shared spaces to cosy nook retreats.

When there's a whole level for children's bedrooms and a living room at the end of the hall - and mum and dad's bedroom is upstairs - this will be a dedicated zone for children and teens. You might hear the kids during school holidays, but you won't see them in Sarah Homes· Roberts 2-Storey design. An added bonus is the games room opens up to the backyard. so once they've watched a movie. they can head outdoors for a game of cricket. Meanwhile adults can entertain upstairs on the large veranda while kids keep to themselves in this largely self-contained level (there's also a bathroom and toilet downstairs)."


25-Mar-18 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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Pavilions of connected living

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When planning their new home. this family opted to take Sarah Homes' Pavilion 145 design and get creative by adding a series of interconnected pods

If you're struggling to find a design that meets your needs, take a page out of Shane and Sherri Grimwade's book and get creative. The north eastern suburbs couple wanted a cost-efficient home that reflected their lifestyle and didn't compromise on their needs. "We wanted our master bedroom to be big enough to have a lounge, the ensuite to be big, the kids' rooms to be large and we wanted a decent size gym, office and entertaining room," Shane says.

Deciding to build with Sarah Homes, the couple settled on the Pavilion 145 design but instead of enlarging it to suit their family, they chose to build an extra pavilion, resulting in a triple frontage home linked by glass breezeways. "We chose Sarah Homes after seeing their sister company Atlas Living's displays where they had extensions for homes that connected with a glass walkway," Shane says. "My idea was to take three of these extensions, remove and reconfigure the internal rooms and have them connected with the walkways."

Attracted by the affordability of the linked extensions, the couple worked with Sarah Homes to merge the designs and create their ultimate three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom family home. The family designed a large games room/ second lounge, a gym and a home office in one pod, a main living zone in the middle and three bedrooms and bathrooms in another pod. "The Sarah Homes ' rep Katina was very helpful, she worked with our design to establish if it could be done and then set about costing,"

Shane says. "My idea was to use each pod, as we have called them , to have room sizes and a layout that we wanted." While the approval process took 18 months to get through the local council, it only took nine months for the build to be finished. "Our site was difficult and sloping, but it was still finished within the expected timeframe," Shane says. "The country views are great and it's very peaceful, and still only minutes from Golden Grove."

Reflecting the modern nature of the home, the interior is bright with a warm french provincial style. Floor -to-ceiling windows and the glass links fill the home with light throughout. "I think the kitchen/dining and lounge area is the nicest, working out in the gym is great too due to the views, especially on a foggy morning, Shane says. "The only thing I might have done differently would be to make better use of the views to the north."

With 393.59sqm of total size, 12m by 40.9m dimensions, this design makes the most of the family's wide allotment, views and provides plenty of indoor and outdoor space for years to come. "The home allows us as a family to have quiet spaces for ourselves, the kids' rooms are plenty big enough for when they get to the teenage years and beyond," Shane says. "We would consider building again in the future, perhaps somewhere warmer."


04-Feb-18 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Pavilion 145.

Relax, the holidays are almost here

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Affordable, stylish and relaxed, the McCubbin 120 by Sarah Homes offers three bedrooms and open-plan living, so you can entertain indoors and outdoors

After an escape during the holiday season? Wish you had somewhere for a Christmas getaway or a home ideal for hosting the festivities? Whether you're looking for a sometimes -home to enjoy weekends by the sea or relaxed indooroutdoor permanent living with space to entertain, the compact McCubbin 120 by Sarah Homes fits the bill for both.

This flexible design with three bedrooms and one bathroom is suited to families after a holiday house, retirees downsizing from larger family homes, investors, or even people wanting to try their hand at owning a holiday rental or Airbnb. It also makes a great permanent home for anyone living in regional areas as Sarah Homes build throughout the state.

Underlying all of this is the value it offers. On display at Sarah Homes ' display village at Mile End, the crisp white Sycon Linea-clad McCubbin 120 has been inspired by the sea side and presents a nautical holiday feel. Sarah Homes' marketing manager, Juliet Haslam, says it offers open -plan living which is perfect for holidays.

"It's an entertainer's dream with dining, lounge and galley kitchen opening on to a decked alfresco, ideal for summer barbecues with family and friends," she says. "It's casual, relaxed and simple yet stylish".

The McCubbin's long shape, which is 6.9m wide and 16.4m deep, means it is suitable for narrow allotments and would be great on a block with a view. The three-bedroom display home showcases upgraded features including 2.7m vaulted ceilings raked to 3.2m - which in  high in any home, decorative internal and external wall cladding (a must-have for coastal styling) and a feature splashback kitchen window, all adding to the relaxed, light and airy atmosphere.

It has natural timber-look flooring for an authentic feel, a deep black feature wall in the living area and a contemporary, user-friendly kitchen. The kitchen has a large island bench, shown with waterfall ends, which is a great space to prepare meals or gather around with friends for drinks and nibbles. It also makes for a breakfast bar, with room for stools to enjoy causal meals.

There's also a large pantry and plenty of overhead storage as well as ample drawer space  with timber-look cabinetry adding a raw and coastal vibe to the kitchen. Facing the living and dining areas it seamlessly blends the zones to create one, flowing space.

The open -plan living area opens via wide sliding doors to a generous raised timber deck, an upgrade feature, but one you'll most likely want to include in some configuration. Decks can be customised to suit the block, Juliet says. "It extends the natural living area - there's no step down from inside to out," Juliet says.

"When the sliding doors are pushed back it brings out the whole indoor/outdoor entertaining experience." Entertaining areas are at the front of the house with sleeping quarters at the back, with the entry half way along the side of the home. "This has been designed for added  privacy from the living zones which can also be reversed with the entertaining space at the rear," Juliet says.

All three bedrooms have large windows which fills them with natural light. One is fitted with a bunk bed, showcasing the generous sizes and ceiling height that the bedrooms offer.  Nearby is the three-way bathroom, conveniently located for all bedrooms as well as guests. It has a walk-in powder room with vanity, a freestanding bathtub and shower, and a separate toilet, making for practical, simultaneous use.

"The best orientation for this home is to capture the views and for open -plan living spaces to face north," Juliet says. "We can make this flexible design work depending on the orientation and features of the block."

While the McCubbin 120 design is a compact home that will suit many, if you 're in need of a little more space, there are three other McCubbin versions to opt for. Either way an affordable, stylish and relaxing lifestyle awaits.

03-Dec-2017 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

For more information about the house in this story please look at the McCubbin 120.

The way we want to live

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For organic farmers Sonja and Plamen, their perfect home was a design with simplicity that represented how they like to live

Residing and working in the Adelaide Hills, Sonja Bognarova and Plamen Paraskevov wanted a home that would work with their block of land. Luckily they managed to find just that with a design from Sarah Homes. "We've always liked the Adelaide Hills for it's diversity, climate, culture and many other things," Sonja says, who runs Mobile Organic and has an organicfarm in the Hills.

"We spend most of our time during the strawberry season at our farm, so we were looking for a house of moderate size, generous open living plan and master bedroom, and space to enjoy the outdoors as well." The decision to build their first home with Sarah Homes was an easy one, with the couple falling in love with the simplicity of the single story three-bedroom, two-bathroom Emily 3e design.

The design is built around a large deck at the front, which the living, dining and kitchen areas come off, and with three bedrooms further back. "We saw our current house in one of the display villages and simply fell in love with it's simple design that totally represented our lifestyle," Sonja says. "Apart from moving one of the windows within a room we haven't changed a thing, this design simply suits us perfectly."

With a six-month build time, Sonja was particularly impressed with the level of communication from Sarah Homes throughout the process. "Before we started building we were just going through the specifications and any extras, we appreciated the advice from Sarah Homes," she says. "We kept in touch with our building supervisor, as you can imagine they are in general quite busy, but he always did his best to get back to us or fix issues as soon as possible."

The flexibility of the builder was a massive plus for the couple, especially when dealing with their slightly sloping allotment. "Our block wasn't extremely difficult, but still on a mild slope so it required a cut and fill by Sarah Homes and some retaining walls by us later," Sonja says. Working with the best aspect of their block has ensured the house remains cool in the summer, shielded from the westerly sun, yet is still warm in winter.

"Our house has huge windows along the whole northern side of the house and we enjoy the view as much as possible," Sonja says. "Some of those windows are shaded by the veranda which we truly appreciate in the hot summer." Inspired by home design magazines and neutral colours, the interior of the home provides a versatile space for the couple to enjoy with their two dogs, cat and free ranging chickens.

"I like neutral colours of basic structures in the house, but when it comes to things that you can change I like more colour, structure and variability," Sonja says. Adjacent the kitchen Sonja has creates a chalkboard wall as a feature, while the island bench simulates a concrete look. Having lived in their home for two years, the couple are happy with its cosy feel and have future alteration plans to better suit their growing needs.

"We get a lot of rain here in the hills and boots are the most common footwear for us, that means that a small extension of a mud room is on the plan," Sonja says. "Although during the strawberry season we get extremely busy, we still enjoy it as much as possible, we love spending time with our dogs and coming back home even the dogs sigh 'home sweet home' - we are very lucky."

Features you will love

Outdoor decking: Make the most of any views with a large deck. which is one of Sarah Homes' signature features. Fit it with an outdoor fan. and it's perfect for enjoying the evening sun during warmer months.

Hardwood floors: Having hardwood flooring in the main living area of your home is a great way to cut down cleaning and is low maintenance with a quick. regular sweep. And timber creates a warm environment that's easy to maintain.

Tiled entry: If you're living on a rural or large property, this is a great addition to ensure winter boots stay away from the main living area. A great makeshift mud room that's easy to keep muddy footwear under control.

Bright, modern interior: The use of bright neutrals attracts light. which is only amplified by the addition of large windows. The ultimate way to make your home feel spacious and bright



Oct-2017 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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