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).


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.


The kids’ retreat

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

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


Holiday Style

Whether you're after a holiday home, permanent residence or an investment property, Sarah Homes' McCubbin 2 Storey (with carport) design is sure to impress

Sarah Homes have focused on providing expansive entertaining space both inside and out as well as harnessing natural light and maximising views with its two-storey McCubbin family design. The three-bedroom design, which is on display at Old Noarlunga, has recently had a faceliftwith the entire display village undergoing a makeover.

With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, open plan living upstairs as well as an extensive balcony, it has all you need and more for a weekender home or even a permanent residence. With a mere 6.5m wide footprint, this slim design will fit tight riverfront or beach blocks, meaning good economy of scale, and also offers undercover parking out front. Being a two-storey design, there's plenty of room to relax and unwind.

Open-plan living on the upper level features a contemporary galley kitchen with an island bench providing a breakfast bar for casual meals. There is plenty of storage space with overhead and underbench cupboards and drawers. It overlooks  the lounge and large dining area - enough to fit a 10-12 seater table - and opens up to a large partially undercover deck. This open space is an entertainer's dream, filled with natural light thanks to two sets of wide sliding glass doors making it ideal for evening drinks and barbecues.

The master bedroom is also upstairs to take advantage of any potential views, and comes with its own ensuite with a full size bath, and walk -in wardrobe. Upstairs also has a separate powder room with toilet as a convenience for family and guests. Two minor bedrooms are downstairs, serviced by a bathroom of their own, and the laundry is adjacent this with direct outdoor access.

A second lounge takes up the remainder of the internal downstairs area, while out front is a carport with enough shelter for two cars. Additional storage solutions can be found across the design, with a linen cupboard on the lower level, a walk-in pantry to the kitchen and the master bedroom's walk-in robe with his and her hanging space.


30-July-2017 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

For more information about the house in this story please look at the McCubbin 2 Storey Front Carport (3 Bed).


Take in the views

Why We Love It

Who doesn't want a coastal beach lifestyle? The wraparound deck and main living area on the upper level give you the best advantage over the landscape and will maximise any potential views. A relaxed, outdoorsy vibe is what you'll get in the Whiteley, but there is also plenty of space for bigger families and designated zones for everyone to appreciate. We love the mix of materials on the facade as well, which sets the coastal tone.

Details 223sqm total size l166sqm living areas
10.6m width l17.4m depth 14 bedrooms
2.5 bathrooms l21iving rooms I deck I
2.7m ceilings (lower) l 2.4m ceiling (upper)


09-Jul-2017 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Whiteley 2 Storey 180.


Extend Your stay In Grace

A coastal feel and relaxed style makes Sarah Homes' Grace 2 Storey a keeper

Sarah Homes is a go-to for holiday homes but this design is worthy of more than an occasional stay. The Grace 2-Storey is one to consider for your permanent residence. This two storey, five bedroom home has a coastal Cape Cod vibe clad in a mix of composite materials and makes a pleasant variation to the standard brick and render housing landscape. Spacious open-plan style, large windows for good light and a communal feel are what you'll find with this design.

With five bedrooms there's a room each for four children,  which are grouped on the ground level and open to the central lounge  room which also features a kitchenette. Uniform in design means everyone gets an equal space with built-in wardrobes and large picture windows for good light.

Upstairs, the master bedroom runs the full depth of the home and comes with a separate balcony, long ensuite and two-sided walk-in wardrobe. It provides mum and dad with a sense of privacy and space to call their own. Central on both levels are living  areas: the rumpus downstairs and the lounge upstairs  which opens to a large balcony creating a decent space to entertain in. To one end there's room for the dining table, while the galley-style kitchen sits behind it. A walk-in pantry and wall of  storage, a long island bench with double sink and two points of entry to the kitchen allow good flow through this space.

A bench seat recessed nearby adds a point of difference and two sets of sliding doors provide easy access to the wide balcony. A bathroom on each level means there's a nearby amenity wherever you are, and with a separate toilet, vanity and bath/shower room downstairs, children will have no trouble getting ready at the same time.


19-Jun-2016 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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


Bring the Family

A modification to the Emily two-storey design by
Sarah Homes was exactly what this family needed

Stunning ocean views were the top priority for Kerrie Cooper and her husband Tony, when searching for the perfect home for Kerrie's elderly parents. The Emily 2-Storey design by Sarah Homes was the answer - with modifications made to suit their needs. "We found that it fitted on our long, narrow block really well and took advantage of the views, which is what we wanted," Kerrie says.

She says building with Sarah Homes was a smooth process and the company made it easy to make changes to the original design. "We modified the two front rooms to move the main entrance to the front of the house, instead of the side, and made one room slightly bigger and one slightly smaller to accommodate the change. "We also modified the top level slightly and made the deck a bit larger.

"The builders were really good about the changes we made along the way. We found everyone at Sarah Homes really helpful." The home has four bedrooms, three on the ground floor serviced by a bathroom with a shower, bath tub and separate powder room with a toilet, and one on the upper level with a large ensuite comprising a shower and toilet.

"The ensuite bathroom has a lot of space to move around, and the way it's situated brings in a lot of light," Kerrie says. There is also an open-plan kitchen upstairs adjoining a dining and living area with sliding door access to a massive deck overlooking the ocean. Kerrie's parents live in the lower level of the home due to her mother's mobility issues after hip replacement surgery, and she says "they're more than happy." "It works really well for them.

The living area downstairs has been fantastic because they have the big outdoor area with a flat surface, and mum loves her garden, so she still gets that downstairs. "We also made some modifications to the laundry to include a kitchenette so they can cook down there as well." Kerrie says the layout of the home, with upstairs and downstairs living areas, lends well to entertaining and having guests to stay. "We live close by, so we often go over there and have dinner or cook for them, and they have their friends over as well," she says. "The times I've stayed there it has been really easy to live in, and I've enjoyed spending time upstairs because it's so spacious and airy with lots of natural light and a great view."

She says the home offers "the best of both worlds" with the view and decked area upstairs and the garden downstairs. The home is decorated in a mix of both Kerrie and her mother's tastes, as they divided the decorating duties between floors. "I left it to mum to decorate downstairs, so she went for more of a cosy, woodsy-type look with darker colours, whereas upstairs I went for more of a beach style with lots of light colours and pops of colour with cushions," Kerrie says.

The home is fitted with light-coloured bamboo floorboards from Planet Timber. "We decided on bamboo floorboards in a strand-woven type, which makes it really strong and hardy," Kerrie says. "They're also more sustainable and hard-wearing and easier to clean which is why we went for it in the end." Kerrie chose the lightcoloured floorboards to "make the most of the natural light" and complement the paint used on the walls.

Carpet features in each of the bedrooms to give a "warm and cosy" feel. "It was always on my mind to have carpet. I've always been one of those people who loves carpet in the bedroom," Kerrie says. "It was actually a free addition as part of a promotion Sarah Homes was running at the time we built, so it made it really easy for us – all we had to do was pick a colour."

22-Feb-2015 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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


Take it Easy

If you fancy a laid-back beach lifestyle, Sarah Homes'
Roberts 2 Storey could be just the holiday home you need

Picture weekend mornings on the sundrenched deck of Sarah Homes' Roberts 2 Storey design, coffee in hand with a view of the ocean. Or, better yet, balmy summer nights catching up with friends over a gin and tonic. It's this laid-back, quintessentially Australian beachside lifestyle which inspired the fresh and airy Roberts 2 Storey design, says Sarah Homes' Helen Lowrie.

"This home has a very relaxed, informal feel. It is a real entertainer's home with plenty of space for everyone in the family," Helen says of the design, which she calls a "delight" thanks to the generous decking. "Given our lovely temperate climate for most of the year, the ability to open up the home is a way to enjoy our environment," she adds of the 69sqm main openplan living area upstairs.

Designed with four bedrooms and ample living spaces on both levels, the home's floorplan was devised with holidays in mind - zoning the floors to ensure maximum comfort and seamless entertaining.

"Remarkably, the Roberts 2 Storey has a lot of space but sits comfortably on a narrow block. This is important as there is a growing trend to narrower lots," says Helen of the compact design that spans 7.9m wide and is 16m deep. On the ground level, three minor bedrooms are generous in size with large windows and easy access to an unusual bathroom setup, which sees the shower and a powder area on one side of the hallway, and a second powder area opposite, with access to a separate toilet and laundry.

This ensures all downstairs inhabitants will have access to the wet areas without getting in each other's way. A central hallway leads from the entry at the front to the downstairs living area at the rear. This space, which has sliding doors to the yard, could be used as a games room to create a teenage retreat-like zone and ensure the adults "have some time away from noisy kids", as Helen puts it. Halfway along the hall, another set of sliding doors opens to the outdoors where a shaded courtyard could be created.

"The bedrooms and a downstairs living room open on to the backyard, making it the ideal place for a large family or holiday/rental investors," she says.

Upstairs, designed as the home's main living hub, is a bright and breezy open-plan living space leading from the stylish yet conventional galley-style kitchen and out to two wide balconies.

In the display, the modern white kitchen gets a burst of colour with an orange splashback setting off the thick stone benchtop with two round sinks inset, while behind it a double bank of above-counter cupboards in a timber look laminate adds vital storage. The upstairs living area, according to Helen, is what impresses visitors to the Victor Harbor display the most.

Large windows on all sides maximise views from the kitchen, dining and lounge which sits adjacent the wider balcony at the front. At the back of the upper level behind the kitchen, is the master bedroom which is spaciously appointed, running the width of the home, and has walk-in storage and an ensuite with a shower, toilet and long vanity. Thanks to the zoning, the home appeals to a range of clients seeking easy family holiday living, Helen says.

"It is ideal for people with large families who want a lot of space to relax in a holiday home," she says. "It also appeals to older clients with grandchildren who like to holiday with family but want an extra living zone to keep the child/teenage noise away from the adults."

On-point with Scandi chic finishes, including whitewashed flooring, and clever window placement for welcome natural light, the Roberts 2 Storey design exudes a sense of serenity from each room, as well as being an environmentallyfriendly design. Design features, including the vaulted ceiling and porthole windows to the front, add a spacious feel to the home, Helen says.

In the display, a recess near the kitchen has been turned into extra storage as well as a feature bookshelf. White weatherboard-style cladding combined with timber decking adds to the beachhouse feel.

"Most Sarah Homes are built as holiday homes, so the styling was chosen to reflect these happy, relaxed times," Helen says. "The colours are bright and cheery, yet not overpowering." True Oak corrugated roofing/wall cladding by Revolution Roofing, a 25-year structural guarantee and Blum soft close drawers to the kitchen come as standard with the design, but Helen adds that "anything and everything can be upgraded". "The most common upgrades are ceiling heights, tiling heights and deck layouts - both size and location - as well as changes to kitchen and bathroom cabinets," she says.


07-Feb-2016 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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


Pastures View

This first-time builder put her individual spin on Sarah Homes' Whiteley 2 Storey 180 design and has an ocean outlook to die for.

A two-storey by Sarah Homes designed to maximise enjoyment of the surrounding scenery including the ocean, was the obvious choice for Yvette Clark. That said, when the firsttime builder decided to build on a block in a seaside suburb, she did her homework. After researching what others had to offer over a couple of years, she decided to build with Sarah Homes, who had stood out from the start. "I had seen a couple of their houses when I was looking at beach areas" Yvette says.

The first-time builder chose the Whiteley 2 Storey 180, albeit with modifications to suit her allotment which, while not on a beachfront, is positioned in such a way as to enjoy uninterrupted views. "I am one house back from the esplanade - my street is on a 90 degree angle" Yvette says, adding it therefore affords her sea views "through the streetscape". For that reason, Yvette asked Sarah Homes to build the Whiteley 2 Storey 180 - which is a popular choice for long, narrower blocks - "sideways".

"They were really happy to change and accommodate what I wanted" Yvette says. Those modifications included making windows bigger, re-positioning one in the bedroom which was facing east to face north to make the most of the winter sun, and extending the balconies. "We also moved the front door from western to northern so that it is on the streetscape" Yvette says. She loves the home's upper level, which includes the master suite, ensuite, a separate powder room next to the stairs and a huge openplan living space which includes the kitchen.

"As soon as I walk out of my bedroom I look across the lounge and dining area straight to the outdoor patio which overlooks the beach. I've got ocean views" Yvette says. "When I come home at night I don't have to go downstairs again, I live upstairs. "With three minor bedrooms, the laundry, three-way bathroom and a family room, the lower level has been set up for guests to enjoy.

"I wanted a place where my family and friends could feel like they were having a beach holiday" she says. For that reason, and to make her home a place where she can also relax, Yvette chose polished concrete flooring for downstairs, in contrast to the floorboards upstairs, and a sky blue feature wall for the stairwell, both of which guests love.

"I wanted a floor (downstairs) that would look similar to sand which was durable - I didn't want sand from the beach in the carpet or scratching the floorboards" she says. With its six-star energy rating, achieved through extra insulation and double glazing, Yvette is thrilled with her new home and doesn't hesitate when asked to name a favourite spot - the patio. "I can go out there and have meals, sit and watch the sunset with a glass of wine and relax" she says.

"I would recommend Sarah Homes to my friends.


13-Apr-2014 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Whiteley 2 Storey 180.


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