Home for the holidays

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A simple, classic holiday house is all you need when
you want to escape for the weekend. Sarah Homes'
Streeton 175 is a new design worth considering

As the school holidays approach I always start dreaming ... what if I had a holiday home to pack up the family and escape to for a few days every holiday break? A regular haunt where we could keep to ourselves, take the dogs, bring extended family or friends, and maybe occasionally rent out when it wasn't needed by us.

While top-end luxury is always my preference, when it comes down to it, realistically, I'd be happy to settle for a simple open-plan home that is modern, clean and filled with light - and with a great view. It doesn't need to be fancy, but a home with a difference is always appealing.

I wouldn't need to settle in Sarah Homes' fresh new Streeton 175 design, though. It emulates a traditional beach house with a classic weatherboard look (which you can see on display at the Mile End display village). Simple in layout, yes, but it quickly ticks all those essentials and includes a few luxury appointments.

A long, large deck? Tick. Wide sliding doors for that indoor-outdoor fusion? Tick. And a modern kitchen directly overlooking it? Tick. Wait, make that a huge modern kitchen. Spacious bedrooms are part of the package oh, and a luxury ensuite with a stunning freestanding bath, big shower and long vanity.

Well, it looks like I'd be set in this four bedroom, two-bathroom design. This isn't a design for multitudes, but when it's just the family it doesn't need to be palatial in size and children are usually willing to bunk in together if family friends come over.

There's an architectural appeal about the Streeton 175, too. Its single-pitch roofline makes the living room soar, enhancing the spatial dimensions when combined with the glass windows and doors facing the decking. Two angled walls have a similar effect and create interesting lines and an uncluttered feel in the open-plan kitchen/living and dining zone, and eliminate any chance of the space feeling boxy or conventional. It also angles towards the outdoors, so you clearly know where the focus is in the Streeton 175.

Sarah Homes' marketing manager, Juliet Haslam, says the Streeton 175 is perfect as a casual weekender or a lifestyle home, ideal for families and people who like to entertain. "It feels spacious with high, raked ceilings, a massive open kitchen dining area and a large deck for entertaining has that 'holiday feel", she says.

"It's a great communal space where family and friends can spend time together." Juliet says a design like the Streeton 175 - where the living side of the home opens up the deck - would be best oriented facing north, to capture the light, or to face any potential views, whether that be coastal, country or river vistas.

"The Streeton 175 has lots of wide windows and sliding doors that open to a huge deck area, making it the perfect home for entertaining or admiring the view," she says. "It's unique angled facade adds character and functionality to this contemporary design, which is aesthetically pleasing."

To one side of the combined living - where the entry door is located - a wall of built-in cupboards and shelving with a lime green pop on the angled wall acts as a focal point, but also as a very practical storage component of the adjacent galley kitchen. There's ample benchtop space as well as a breakfast bar at one end to place stools, and its proximity to the deck will make it feel very social - even when you're the one stuck in the kitchen doing prep work or serving up lunch.

Upgrade finishes shown in the display include Essastone's Piazza on the benchtops, while cupboards are finished in Laminex Polar White in Silk Finish. A black feature wall on the other side of the space defines the living as the relaxation zone, with space in between for the dining.

"The design is different from other designs, in that with the Streeton 175: you walk straight into the living areas as you enter the home, making it more of a casual, relaxed plan, rather than wasting space with a formal entry," Juliet says.

A hallway behind the living area leads in two directions to the four bedrooms, each with ample space, and all with wardrobes as standard. With two large rooms fitting queen-sized beds and another two with bunks, you could potentially sleep up to 12 people at any time. In between the bedrooms, the laundry has been kept minimal - which ties in with the time you'll spend in a holiday house - in order to maximise the bathroom space.

Both the main bathroom - set as a three-way powder room/toilet/bath-shower room - and the ensuite have generous proportions, so home owners will feel that element of luxury. "The ensuite is a standout space and contributes to the lifestyle feel of this home," Juliet says. "It is an extra-special touch and luxury - often for the person who pays for the house!"

The specification in the Mile End display includes an upgraded kitchen, bathrooms and ceiling height. Juliet says the design comes standard with a deck but will always be specifically designed around each client's block size, shape and orientation.

Personally, my favourite features are the simple use of green paint as a fresh interior detail, the soaring, raked ceiling - which highlights a holiday vibe - and the deck, on which I can imagine relaxing, sitting in a deckchair and most likely with a cider or a glass of savvy.

 

02-Apr-2017 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Streeton 175.