Family Getaway

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Family Getaway

Bringing the family together to comfortably celebrate the holidays
was the idea behind this weekender from Sarah Homes

words john merriman photography nick clayton

For the Paglia family regular get-togethers call for a lot of space. This is why Diana and Alfredo chose to build a four-bedroom, two storey holiday home. With their three adult children, partners and grandchildren, celebrating the holidays is a substantial undertaking."When we go down there at Easter or Christmas the home works brilliantly for everyone," Diana says.

"We spent plenty of time designing the home to really suit what we needed, making it more personal. We also had an eye to the future when we built the home with Alfredo and I considering the possibility of retiring here." As a result, Diana says the top level was designed to be completely self-contained. It includes the main bedroom with ensuite, powder room, large living area, meals zone and galley kitchen. "If we do decide to retire here, from a maintenance point of view it will be easy for us because we will have no need to go downstairs except to do the odd bit of laundry," she says. "We will only have to worry about looking after the top level." 

The ground floor was designed and modified with their children in mind. "The house is designed to sleep 12 but we have sofa beds and modular lounges so there is always more room for friends or more relatives," Diana says. "We reduced the size of the downstairs living area so we could enlarge the bedrooms. The family still provides a nice place for people to get away if they want some time to themselves and it's great for the grandchildren as well." The large bathroom, laundry and toilet provide ample room for guests to refresh themselves, while the laundry can also be used as a kitchenette with the addition of a bar fridge, toaster and kettle. 

"We also added a large storage room because when there are three or four families staying in the home at the same time you need somewhere to store away things such as bikes," Diana says. Two cupboards also provide ample space for linen storage. Upstairs the decking area was extended and a second toilet was added for guests. "The decking really provides another room for us, while adding the toilet means people don't have to go into the main bedroom to use the ensuite," Diana says.


11-Oct-2009 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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