Get Away From it All

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Get Away From it All

The Pavilion 140 by Sarah Homes offers a holiday home
with a resort feel that's completely different

WORDS TRUDY ORAM

As kids we loved going to our friends' beach shack during the summer holidays, it was a basic rectangle with sliding doors facing out to the view. Ever since then I've always wanted a beach house, and in my mind it was always going to be something simple, where we could chill out and it didn't matter if sand came inside.

Well, I think I have found a design that fits that simplicity but at the same time impresses with its cool vibe and unusual concept. Sarah Homes' four bedroom two-bathroom Pavilion 140 is just one of the brand's many holiday home designs, but this one is a bit different and it takes "zoning" to a new level.

Essentially what you have are two very simple, separate rectangles, both with single pitch rooflines and skillion ceilings. One is the living zone and one is the sleeping quarters and utility rooms, including the laundry and bathrooms. On display at Pooraka, the Pavilion 140 has one building (or pavilion) positioned across the block, while the other building sits in front lengthwise.

In between, connecting the two pavilions, is a big timber deck with an arbour painted in crisp white. What's great about this design is the two separate buildings can be configured to suit your allotment and to maximise any views. Sarah Homes' Helen Lowrie says the Pavilion 140's unique design is rarely changed by clients. What does vary is the deck.

"The main thing that people change are the decking areas," she says. "The size of these depends on their land size and entertaining needs. "The home is quite different as both the sleeping and living module can be placed anywhere and in any direction on a block, so it offers a lot of flexibility. "Quite often clients add car accommodation." I love the look of this design: the huge deck, the roof pitch, the mix of corrugate and cladding in dark grey, and the arbour you can grow a vine up.

It has a real beachy look and feel. I also love the idea of separate zones, so the kids can head off to bed when it's getting late, and you and your friends can still be at the other end of the deck, going back and forth through the living area without any concern about disturbing the little ones' sleep. You're still not far away if a child calls out, either. 

The Pavilion 140 display aligns sliding doors in each building, so there's an outdoor walkway only a few steps from one to the other. This could be enclosed if you prefer or covered with a vine or pergola if you want protection from the weather. "The Pavilion 140 brings a new dimension to the weekend getaway," Helen says. "The inspiration for the design was to really enjoy an entertaining area without it impeding on anyone who wants some quiet time or sleep, as they are completely separated from the living area."

While the exterior shape is simple, inside a neutral palette of whites and light tones throughout keeps the interior clean and relaxed and acts as an ideal base to add your personality. The high ceiling pitch allows light to flood in, while large format gloss floor tiles reflect the light, adding shine to the living area. 

In the display, the home has been treated to a stonetop island bench with a waterfall edge and a breakfast bar overhang for casual meals. Retro-style pendants zone the well-equipped kitchen, which offers plenty of storage, Blum soft-closing drawers and a walk-in pantry. The kitchen is positioned adjacent the doors that lead to the next pavilion, so it is also within easy reach of hungry occupants.

The rest of the open-plan living comprises a good space for the dining table and on the other side of the room is the lounge area. With four sets of sliding doors off this pavilion (on three sides), each space opens straight on to the deck for seamless summer living, and for thermal efficiency and cross ventilation.

In the second pavilion, the ensuite and main bathroom have been streamlined with wall-hanging gloss-finish vanities, stone tops and above-counter basins. The ensuite offers a generous shower, while in the main three-way bathroom, there's a bath and a second shower. Bedrooms are kept simple with soft carpet, wardrobes and tall windows for light and privacy.

"This home is often built with a very large entertaining deck," Helen says. And as this is a holiday home design, Sarah Homes will build it anywhere in SA.

 

18-Oct-15 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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