Expansive Mood

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Expansive Mood

With five bedrooms, everyone will find their own place to
relax and unwind in the Grace 2 from Sarah Homes

WORDS John Merriman PHOTOGRAPHY Nick Clayton -  the Sunday Mail Home Magazine

Homeowners who build the Grace 2 will never have to worry about turning friends and family away for a weekend getaway or holiday due to a lack of space. The two-storey design includes five bedrooms, two separate living areas and even the option of a second kitchenette. "We opened the Grace 2 to the public for the first time last Christmas," Helen Lowrie of Sarah Homes says.

"It has quickly become a big hit with clients and is our second-most popular two-storey design in a very short time. It is a home that allows everyone to come together for a great holiday, and a great memory." The ground floor houses four bedrooms, including three with built-in wardrobes. Central to the sleeping areas is a large casual living-space ideal for children to be boisterous and entertain themselves without disrupting the entire house.

For a second family that may be sharing the home, it provides privacy when needed as well as a kitchenette which includes a benchtop with double sink, provision for a refrigerator and space for a microwave and other appliances. A three-way bathroom is also on this level, creating a second, self-contained living unit. Louvre windows allow excellent cross-ventilation, which is great when you want the house to cool quickly on a hot summer evening. While kids are having fun downstairs, the adults can relax in space and light upstairs.

A galley kitchen includes an island bench with breakfast bar, overhead cupboards, stainless-steel appliances and a generous walk-in pantry. Extra design elements include a large wall niche in the meals area, big enough to allow a bench for casual seating. Adjacent to the staircase is a powder room, ideal for people being entertained in the large, open-plan meals and living area without having to traipse downstairs to the bathroom or use the ensuite in the main bedroom.

A wall of windows and sliding glass doors allows light to flood in, as well as maximising all available views. A large decked area provides extra space for alfresco evenings while soaking in beautiful vistas. The main bedroom is on this level and includes a walk-in wardrobe and good sized ensuite. A sliding glass door gives access to a private decked area, ideal for mum and dad to unwind in the evenings.

"It is quite a versatile design," Helen says. "The kitchenette downstairs can be expanded and enlarged or left out completely if desired. There is also the option of reversing the home, to take advantage of views which may be to the rear of the block, because the home can be accessed front or back." Neutral-toned floorboards were used for both upstairs and downstairs living areas providing a quick-clean option, especially handy when sandy feet return from an afternoon at the beach.

 

12-Aug-2012 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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