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 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.

 

Life off the grid

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

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Hayborough 3.

 

Relax into holiday mode

Sarah Homes' Hayborough 180 design creates a calming and contemporary space, so families can get away and leave the stress of the city behind

The thought of waking to the sound of waves lapping at the beach is a charming one, especially if you are residing in Sarah Homes' Hayborough 180 home. As the school and summer holidays draw near, you might be tempted to entertain the idea of buying a holiday home or having a permanent sea change. Or perhaps you are looking to bring a beach vibe to the suburbs. The Hayborough 180 design, which is on display at Old Noarlunga, fits the bill for all of the above, with three bedrooms and a generous open-plan living.

Sarah Homes' marketing manager, Juliet Haslam, says the design is the newest member of the Hayborough family and has been one of Sarah Homes' best -selling square-shaped designs. "It's suited to square blocks, corner blocks or acreage allotments, offering a good frontage and both a rear and side veranda and decking," she says.

"It cleverly incorporates a high, raked ceiling and an abundance of full -length windows and sliding doors. Natural light swarms through the home, giving it that 'always on holidays' feel." The living areas line one side of the home, with the sleeping quarters on the other. Two minor bedrooms come off a short hallway near the entry and are good sizes, with built-in robes. They are serviced by a nearby three-way bathroom, which is also easily accessible from the living area for guests.

Also near the entry is a large study with a bright green sliding door, and it opens to a corner veranda. Filled with natural light, this room makes a nice getaway from the open-plan living and it offers good flexibility, as it could also be used as a fourth bedroom, guest room or second living area, depending on what you need most. The large master bedroom is in the back corner of the layout and is also off a short hallway (which also incorporates a European-style laundry behind a set of doors), which ensures extra privacy. It comes complete with two sets of built-in robes and a generous ensuite with a wall-to-wall shower.

Creating a space for the family to come together is the expansive open-plan living, dining and kitchen, which opens up to the large veranda and deck. Inside, the raked ceiling reaches 3.3m high and light streams through the windows and glass-sliding doors surrounding the area, all emphasising the sense of space.

"Natural light filters into the home, giving it an airy and open feel," Juliet says. The modern galley-style kitchen has white Laminex overhead and tall cupboards, a Laminex Essastone benchtop and underbench cupboards in Laminex's warm Rural Oak. There's enough space at the island bench to seat four people, and it is bound to be a popular part of the home at any time of the year, with light streaming in on two sides.

It's the attention to detail that make this home special. The feature fireplace showcases the design's adaptability throughout the seasons, taking it from summer beach house to cosy winter home with the lighting of a flame. Also, the use of louvre windows brings natural cooling and cross ventilation - a practical and money-saving addition.

A highlight of the Hayborough 180 has to be the location of the kitchen. Located at the rear, it faces two sliding doors which open to the large deck and pergola, which is perfect to grow a climber on. "It brings the outside in, with large windows and sliding doors overlooking the alfresco and decking areas," Juliet says. A living space of its own, the alfresco could potentially be your most-used "room" in the warmer months. You can read a book, enjoy a glass of wine, entertain, have meals or play games with children.

Meanwhile, the modern dark-toned facade uses contemporary products and is Australia's first display home to feature True Oak Mid Matt finished iron in Colorbond Matt Stealth, from Revolution Roofing. The design's square shape also means it offers orientation flexibility, taking full advantage of any potential views from three sides of the house.

Perfect as a casual weekender or a lifestyle home, the Hayborough 180 offers flexibility throughout. There is an alternative design available for the European laundry, and if you have little ones around - especially if you're planning to be down at the beach all the time you can add a bath.

 

Sep-2017 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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

 

Design for Life

The Hayborough 3e by Sarah Homes is exactly what this buyer had in mind

It's not often people find a home design which suits exactly what they'd envisaged even before deciding to build.

For Pam Clezy, however, the dream became a reality the day she found Sarah Homes' Hayborough 3e design, which was almost identical to a floorplan she'd sketched herself months earlier.

"Before I thought about moving to Middleton, I sat down in my house in Adelaide and thought to myself 'If I was able to design a house, what would I do?'," recalls Pam. "So I scribbled down a bit of a plan then came down here and had lunch with a friend who had the Hayborough design, and I said to her I just love this house, this is virtually what I drew."

Fast-forward three years and Pam has her ideal home in the three-bedroom beachside design. "It was a perfect size, but  still big enough for the grandchildren and their parents to come and stay," she says.

"It's easy-maintenance as it's single storey and it just has such an appealing layout, the bedroom is at the back which I love, and the kitchen is set back a bit from the open-plan area so you can't see the mess I might make in the kitchen from the living area," laughs

Pam. "It's just perfect for me." An avid gardener, Pam meticulously designed the home's surrounds to complement the navy coloured weatherboard facade and provide a pleasant outlook from the sea of picture windows throughout.

"I designed the garden myself," she says. "I'd done a certificate of horticulture many years ago, so I got out my pencils and drew it all up to measurement, and had someone do the edging."

Set amid the vibrant cottage-style gardens, which are an attraction for the local wildlife, the home's expansive deck is an ideal space in which to host alfresco dinner parties.

Inside, Pam says while choosing a favourite feature of the home's "perfect" layout is a challenge, the abundance of glass and central kitchen/living/ dining area make the lifestyle a delight.

"With all these lovely windows at the front I've got winter sun which is just gorgeous, I harvest that so I hardly need any heating. And I have the window looking out to the east so I get the morning sun if I want it," she says.

Somewhat inspired by the beach setting, Pam opted for an interior finish with a fresh Hamptons feel, combining creams and whites with subtle splashes of muted colour via upholstered furniture.

"It's a combination of being at the beach and making it homey," she says. In the kitchen, Pam chose a classic white-and-cream provincial style, with white appliances and glass cabinets to display crockery.

''I'm too practical. I will not clean finger marks off stainless steel now that I'm no longer working! Then you become a slave to housework and I don't want that," she says.

A unique addition to the kitchen is the benchtop which is hi-levelled for preparation purposes. "I added that as I don't like people seeing me prepare food," laughs Pam.

She describes the overall feel of the home as peaceful, light and airy.

 

27-Mar-2016 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Hayborough 3e.

 

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