Invoking the old beach house feel

Memories of summers at their beach shack combined with a permanent move for their retirement resulted in this couple building Sarah Homes' relaxed Hayborough 180 design

Fond memories of many summers spent at their old Carrickalinga beach shack made the decision to knock down and rebuild all the more difficult for couple Jane Dinnison and Richard Mitchell. But wanting to retire to the Fleurieu Peninsula permanently - and realising the shack was far too small to live in full-time - the couple had little choice.

"We loved that old beach house but it was forty years old and was just a little shack. We knew it just wasn't big enough ," Jane says. "We used to spend all of January there, as well as a couple of weekends a month for the rest of the year, and we really didn't want to lose that shack feeling. We wanted (the new build) to have a sense of the old beach house to it."

After demolishing the shack , the couple decided to rebuild with Sarah Homes because of the company's strong reputation in the area. Having visited several of the builder 's displays, Jane and Richard chose the Hayborough 180 design to become their new home. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom single storey design features an open plan kitchen dining living area, separate study and an outdoor deck that makes the most of the coastal setting.

Committed to ensuring the new build replicated the features they loved most about the old beach house, Jane and Richard decided to extend the deck even further and add wide decking steps that double as seating to enjoy an outdoor drink. They also increased the size of the bedrooms and living areas, and while there are 2.7m ceilings throughout they elected for a raked ceiling to add extra height over the lounge area.

In the kitchen , Jane and Richard opted for a sleek white space with white cabinetry, white splashback tiles and a white benchtop, and an island with waterfall ends and seating for up to four people. Opting for crisp white walls and warm timber flooring throughout , Jane has added textural materials and furnishings such as rattan, natural fibre rugs, combined with navy and white , coastal print and leafy indoor plants for a relaxed beach home that is lived in and well-loved.

Treasured pieces, timber details sit with modern artworks and elegant furniture. Jane says the building process was "unbelievably simple" and took just three months to complete. Having now been in the home for more than two years, the pair love the finished result. Furniture from the old beach shack has fitted seamlessly into their new abode, with artworks from the Adelaide home they lived in before retirement adding a final flourish.

While the home feels cosy for just the two of them, Jane says it's also perfect for entertaining family and friend s, and they comfortably hosted 80 guests for a birthday party earlier this year. Importantly, it has retained the memories of the old beach shack while providing the extra room required of a forever home. "It's still got that lovely relaxed beach feel but it's so much easier to live in," Jane says. "It's a lovely little Sarah Homes' home and we feel very lucky to be living the lifestyle down here."

Features you'll love Relaxed beach feel: By adding a larger deck and wider stairs, there's even more relaxation space and a variety of places to sit and unwind while taking in the view.

Coastal interior: Navy, white, timber features and rattan furniture combine to create an alluring coastal feel.

Sleek built-in: The ensuite's vanity in a timber finish offers excellent storage while staying in keeping with the laidback beach style.

 

13-Sep-2020 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Hayborough 180.

 

A place for all seasons

Designed with family comfort in mind, Sarah Homes' Pavilion 135 is ideal as either a permanent or holiday home

There's a lot more to Sarah Homes' Pavilion 135 than first meets the eye. Designed as two rectangular pods joined by a glass breezeway - with one side as the entrance - the simple but clever format allows the home to work perfectly as either a permanent home or a weekender.

Light-filled and spacious, the three -bedroom Pavilion 135 boasts a streamlined layout with three distinct zones: the living pod, the bedroom pod and the outdoor zone. Sarah Homes' marketing manager Jaye Smith says the design - on show at Mile End - is aimed at a wide variety of potential homebuyers.

"It was designed as a family home, but its smart use of space and open plan living works well for buyers at any stage of life," she says. "The demarcation of the living space from the sleeping zone allows for the hub of family life - a spacious area for eating, entertaining and relaxing - to be separated from the sanctuary of the bedrooms."

The living pod's large proportions is one of the home's standout features - along with the light that streams in from the windows on all sides. At the far end, the kitchen spreads from one side to the other, and there is plenty of benchtop space to play with. Double round sinks in the island bench are another highlight, as is a side-facing niche cupboard - perfect for hiding the kettle in when not being used. There is no shortage of storage options.

The second pod, with its 2.7m high ceilings, has three bedrooms, plus an ensuite and the main bathroom , all well appointed. The minor bedrooms are of equal size, but the master bedroom also boasts a wide feature window with louvres.

The ensuite is generous with a wide shower, wide vanity and built -in shelves in a narrow alcove is a clever use of space. Extensive timber decking out front is another standout feature, enhancing the design's appeal as a home ideal for "easy summer living". "Our homes are designed to make you feel like you are on holiday every day," Jaye says.

 

26-Jul-20 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Pavilion 135.

*Pricing accurate at time of printing 

 

A place to take in the sun

When it comes to the winter months, there's no place like a home that is sun-filled and bright. Welcome inside Sarah Homes' Hayborough 180

Sunshine. It's a precious home asset at this time of the year and one that many homes don't have enough of during the winter months. My house is one of them. As many of us remain at home to work, this seemingly simple factor can have a big impact on the light and warmth in our homes. So a design such as Sarah Homes' Hayborough 180 where there are large windows and doors to  the living zone so you can follow the sun, and multiple decks to warm yourself on no matter what time of day it is, is an enticing home proposition come the middle of winter.

You'll find it on display at Sarah Homes' Old Noarlunga display village, on the bend as you drive towards McLaren Vale to visit the wineries and cellar doors. This is not a large home with 179 sqm of total space, but it would be the right size for couples, young families or grandparents expecting visitors to stay over now and then, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large living area opening to two decked areas. Another room, shown as a home office, could also be a fourth bedroom or a smaller living room/ playroom for children. There's flexibility to be had and that's one of the lovely things about a design such as this.

Sarah Homes' marketing manager Jaye Smith says the Hayborough's squarish floorplan allows the design to work on a variety of block shapes, but also means it will gain views (where available) from both the side and rear, of which the open plan living area faces. And she says its relaxed holiday style is something more people are being attracted to for their permanent home, rather than just as a holiday residence.

"In the current environment we are seeing many of our customers choosing to holiday regionally or at home for the foreseeable future, and the resulting need for entertaining spaces, both indoor and outdoor, and the ability to transition between the two has continued to be a feature of our homes that appeals to them," she says.

"The various deck spaces of the Hayborough 180 formed by the kitchen cut-out and external wall articulation, create multiple zones for enjoying your surroundings and letting the outside environment into the home." In this design, rather than the living being at back of the home, it faces the side and rear, while three bedrooms run down the other side, which, preferably, would be on the southerly aspect so the living areas could face the northerly direction and enhance sunlight in the winter months. In between the bedrooms are the bathrooms, the main separating the two minor bedrooms, while the master suite has a spacious ensuite adjacent.

While there is no real hallway separating these sleeping quarters from the living zone, a couple of smaller nooks cleverly act as buffer zones, one with linen cupboards and the other housing a smartly positioned European laundry set inside another hallway cupboard. "The European style laundry is central to the home, but tucked away from the main living spaces behind the kitchen," Jaye says.

The remainder of the home is open plan combining the dining/lounge and kitchen, and the study, which can be closed off. Meandering the walls inward and out, to create space for decks, gives this larger area different purposes: the lounge is focused around fireplace surround, the dining in the central part , and the bright kitchen in its own niche.

Pristine in white, the galley-style kitchen has an idyllic position looking out to the wraparound  deck via two sets of sliding doors, features above and under-bench cupboards on the back wall, a generous island with waterfall ends and accents of Laminex's warm-toned Honey Riven on the kickboard and lower cupboards. Essastone 's Fino Venato on the benchtop sets the tone for this very pleasant part of the home.

"It has glass sliding doors across two sides, opening it straight out on the deck for a seamless integration with the outdoor entertaining zone," Jaye says. "The veranda and decking features an outdoor kitchen and uses the back of the feature wall as a privacy screen for smaller urban blocks." The Hayborough 180 would also look good on a block with views, whether that's city, coastal or country and the wraparound deck can be configured to suit.

The 2.7m ceilings as displayed, extend the space even further and a raked ceiling reaches up toward the middle of the home. Particularly with wintertime in mind, this extra ceiling height would allow windows to be taller or placed higher up to take advantage of the lower sun. "The raked ceiling in the living/dining area opens the space and the defined entrance hallway creates a sense of arrival," she says.

"It creates space and visually opens the area, making it feel spacious and light." Jaye says the Hayborough 180 design will be perfect for families wanting defined spaces within an open plan layout. "The Hayborough 180 is a modern family home with uncluttered simplicity on the inside and considered articulation on the external walls providing interest and aesthetic appeal," she says.

 

21-Jun-2020 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Hayborough 180.

 

Kick back and unwind

Dreaming of a holiday? Why not enjoy one all-year-round in Sarah Homes' stylish Streeton 175. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home has been designed to create a sense of calm, through a clever use of large windows, a neutral interior with clean, bright finishes and the ability to bring the outdoors in.

Sarah Homes marketing manager Jaye Smith says while this design is popular as a holiday home , there has been plenty of interest in the design as a permanent residence. "The living areas of this home feel like you're on holiday, with bright and open sunlit spaces," she says.

"This home also has generous storage space, with hallway closets, a large laundry and a huge built -in robe in the master bedroom." Keen entertainers will love the expansive layout. "The connection of this space through to the large decking, with enormous glass sliding doors across both the living and dining zones, also makes it ideal for entertaining and enjoying all areas and views seamlessly," Jaye says.

"It's quite a compact home, fitting four large bedrooms and a huge living and dining area into quite a small footprint. The raked ceiling is a signature of Sarah Homes designs and adds real space and light to the main living area."

Designed to suit a block with a minimum 18.1m width, Sarah Homes Streeton 175 is ideal for homebuyers looking to embrace a more tranquil lifestyle.

 

03-May-2020 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Streeton 175.

 

The ultimate summer pavilion

Style, simplicity and ease come together in a design that will work as either a permanent home or a weekender. Designed in two pods, Sarah Homes' Pavilion 135 offers a new way of living

At first glance, you may think Sarah Homes latest display home is the type of cool residence you'd find in remote wilderness in Norwood or Finland. Its minimalist, Scandinavian barn-like exterior emulates many of the contemporary builds you'll find on Instagram or Pinterest. Homes that are uber cool, but you can tell are built with sustainability and practical living in mind. The best of both worlds, you could say.

So take it one step further and add a massive kapur timber deck out front and Sarah Homes' Pavilion 135 becomes a true Australian home that is ready for easy summer living. A simple design of two rectangular pods, or pavilions, joined by a glass breezeway with one side as the entrance, this three-bedroom, two bathroom home is strikingly different and that's what home buyers are bound to like about it.

Build it as a permanent home or a holiday home, either way the streamlined layout gives you three distinct zones: a living pod, a bedroom pod and an outdoor zone. However you choose to live in it, there will still be holidays vibes. "Our homes are designed to make you feel like you are on holiday every day," Sarah Homes' marketing manager Jaye Smith says, of the new Mile End display home.

"The strong external architectural styling with subtle Scandinavian influences is a new visual style for our range. The Pavilion 135 also features an impressive, yet cost-effective raked cathedral ceiling, which was designed to maximise the feeling of space and light for this home. "It was designed as a family home, but its smart use of space and open plan living works well for buyers at any stage of life. The demarcation of the living space from the sleeping zone, allows for the hub of family life, a spacious area for eating, entertaining and relaxing, to be separated from the sanctuary of the bedrooms."

Aesthetics count for a lot when choosing a home so for lovers of contemporary design, the cathedral ceiling which rises to 3.4m at the peak in the open-plan living pod will tick a box. "The vibe is at once simple and stylish yet versatile and practical," Jaye says. "The expansive deck, spacious interior and light-filled spaces that are the signature of Sarah Homes, ensures that the home feels naturally at home in our South Australian landscape."

The living pod's large proportions is a key selling point and the fact that it has windows on all sides means natural light isn't an issue. At the far end, the kitchen spreads from one side to the other, and keen home cooks will find plenty of benchtop space to play with. Showcased in the display in matt black and light oak cabinetry, it comes standard with a long window as the splashback which will take advantage of any views your block has.

Double round sinks in the island bench are a cool feature, as is a side-facing niche cupboard, to hide the kettle in when not being used. Rows of drawers will keep storage fans happy and the open shelving (optional) is a good use of space that helps define this zone. On the back wall, smaller square windows add nice decoration and also privacy from neighbours, while a long window at floor level in the lounge, next to the freestanding gas/wood heater (optional), draws the outdoors in. As shown, this window, and the breezeway window, give occupants a garden snapshot and greenery bursts into the indoor space.

"As with all our Sarah Homes' designs, ~ windows and glazing are a highlight feature of this . living space," Jaye says. "In addition to the kitchen's window backsplash, there is a feature lowlight window in the lounge, giving a view through to the central garden as well as expansive louvre windows and sliding doors that open the space out to the deck." Move through to the side-facing bedroom pod and you could easily walk past the laundry without noticing it.

There is no laundry room, but open up what looks like a series of tall linen cupboards and you'll find a surprise: a rather generous European laundry, complete with a long bench, room for the washing machine and dryer, and a heap of open shelving above the bench. "The European-style laundry has allowed us to streamline the utility area of the home, saving on both space and cost," Jaye says. "The laundry as displayed in the Pavilion 135, is a great illustration of how you can better use the space within your home."

The second pod, with 2.7m high ceilings, has three bedrooms, plus an ensuite and the main bathroom, all smartly dressed. The minor bedrooms are of equal size, but the master bedroom will be the space that receives nods of appreciation. A wide window with louvres is shown with a window seat to inspire visitors' thoughts of relaxation.  Like the master, the ensuite is generous with a wide shower, wide vanity and built-in shelves in a narrow alcove is a clever use of space.

Considering the simplicity of this home's layout, a few upgrades to the standard range show how the Pavilion 135 can become next level. And there's flexibility, of course, to suit your block's shape and aspect, whether that's near the beach, in the country or in the suburbs. "The strength of the Pavilion design family is the flexibility that ensures that pods can be sized, moved and rotated independently to allow them to fit on many different sized and oriented blocks," Jaye says. "This home's open layout is perfect to capture both seafront or country views."

 

19-Jan-20 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Pavilion 135.

*Pricing accurate at time of printing 

 

 

Escape to the country

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

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Emily 2 Storey Garage (4 Bed).

 

Step out of the ordinary

Striking lines and seamless integration of indoors and out make the Pavilion 140 by Sarah Homes a stand out for homebuyers looking for something outside the square

Whenever I bring up buying my first house, my parents always mention how affordable it is to build While I agree, there's still a part of me that wants my first home to be a one-off and appeal to my love for mid-century architecture - incorporating large windows, raked ceilings and a reserved street appeal.

In terms of building a first home, it's a lot to ask - especially given I'll need a large budget to bring that dream to reality. However, visiting Sarah Homes ' Pavilion 140 design made me realise it might not be such a far-fetched dream.

Located at the Pooraka display village, the four-bedroom, two-bathroom design offers an unusual yet striking layout. Split into two pods, the home effortlessly separates the living and sleeping areas and provides 236sqm total size. While the design itself isn't inherently midcentury, it does offer sharp lines, raked ceilings and a seamless integration of indoor and outdoor spaces - features that make mid-century homes so outstanding.

Best suited to a traditional sized allotment, sitting at 19.6m wide and 11.9m deep, the Pavilion 140 would easily look at home in a coastal, rural or suburban setting. Sarah Homes' Helen Lowrie says while the design used to predominantly attract holiday home buyers, it has become a popular option as a permanent residence for many buyers as well.

"We are seeing more and more of our customers buying our designs as permanent homes," she says. "The relaxed, light-filled spaces of our designs help our customers feel like they are on holiday everyday." And this is how I felt the moment I stepped on to the decking and walked into the first pod, which contains the main living areas. As you open the sliding doors, the first thing you notice is how inviting and relaxing the space is. "Featuring warm wood floors and neutral tones, the Pavilion 140's interior style is designed to feel calm and uncluttered, "

Helen says. "The separation of living space from the sleeping pavilion makes this a great home for entertainers." Although I don't often entertain at home, it's hard to not imagine playing host in this design. The kitchen is nothing short of an entertainer's dream with ample bench space on the island and bench behind it, a wall of storage and a step-in pantry, pi us there's a handy breakfast bar that can seat four people.

The dining area and lounge effortlessly take up the rest of the large living pod space, flowing out through multiple sets of sliding doors to the spacious deck. While the wraparound deck offers endless entertaining potential and works to connect the two pods, it is great to see the Pooraka display showcase how it can be integrated with any allotment. The issue of an existing tree on site was no longer an issue, as the deck seamlessly works around it - creating a statement that immediately draws your gaze.

It's this attention to detail that makes the Pavilion 140 such a stand out. As a first homebuyer, I don't expect to have luxurious features and finishes at my fingertips and yet, I was genuinely impressed by what was on offer. As I walked through the dining and living area, I found myself leaning down to touch the floors to see whether they were hardwood - instead it's a clever cost-saving timber-look floating floor that feels and sounds like real timber.

Similarly, the kitchen benchtops have the appeal of solid stone but are a much more affordable Laminex option - a big tick of approval in my book. Heading into the second pod , which is the sleeping and utility quarters, a neat tiled foyer greets you before a lush chocolate brown carpet runs throughout the space. Although I used to overlook these kinds of features, the tiled foyer is another tick of approval - ensuring dirty shoes stay away from the luxurious-feel carpets.

The master suite is set towards the back of the pod and features a large built-in wardrobe and a contemporary ensuite, complete with a stylish subway-tiled feature wall in the double shower. Sliding doors open to a private deck, ideal for a morning coffee when the weather is warm.

The remaining three bedrooms are similar in size and have narrow, tall windows in each allowing natural light to flood in. The central bathroom can be found opposite, and it features a handy bath and shower room, a separate vanity and a separate toilet.

The fourth bedroom has been shown as a study in the Pooraka display, giving added flexibility that's always appreciated in a home. Although I considered this design as a potential option for first homebuyers, Helen says it often attracts families due to the flexibility on offer. "The two separate buildings allow our customers to configure the home to suit their allotment and to maximise any views and natural light," she says.

"You could also introduce additional pods in the future, depending on the available space of your block. Our new home consultants can work with you to custom design a solution to fit your needs." Priced from $103,700*, Helen says the Pavilion 140 display showcases "a mix of the standard specification with some feature upgrades" and has plenty of optional facade choices to suit your style and your block's location.

In terms of first home builds, Sarah Homes' Pavilion 140 doesn't just promise to provide an affordable design, it refreshingly challenges the norm for buyers looking for that defining edge.

 

08-Sep-19 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Pavilion 140.

*Pricing accurate at time of printing 

      

The ideal sea change

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

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 nee 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

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.

 

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