Room to Move

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The Emily 2 is a low-maintenance home
designed to make the most of any view

WORDS John Merriman PHOTOGRAPHY Nick Clayton -  the Sunday Mail Home Magazine 18-Sept-2011

There is always room to entertain or relax when friends and family come to visit in the four-bedroom Emily 2. With living areas on both levels, people won't be tripping over each other or find themselves cramped for space, which was important for retirees Beverley and Alan Walden. "We moved down to Adelaide from the South-East so we could be closer to our four grandchildren," Beverley says. "There was a lot of driving involved and eventually we made the decision to move down here permanently. "It was important for us that the home we built would be big enough to cope with our children and grandchildren visiting and eventually having stay-overs as well, especially as they grow older.

"With two living areas, the children can play downstairs if we just want to sit quietly by ourselves for a while." After living in the same family home for 40 years, Beverley says she feels a bit spoilt with "luxuries" such as an ensuite. "Our previous home was three bedrooms and was smaller than our new one," she says. "But we had a big backyard for our three boys to run around in when they were growing up.

"Now, having an ensuite, new kitchen and a decking area, we feel very lucky. "This home is bigger than our family home but is actually easier to keep clean because there is more storage available so you can quickly put things away if you wish, instead of hunting around trying to find some space." All three minor bedrooms are on the ground level, with one used as a study/craft room, which lead on to a good-sized living area. The laundry, main three-way bathroom and a linen cupboard complete the downstairs layout.

On the top level is the outdoor decked entertaining area, accessed via sliding glass doors leading from the living area. "We really loved the decked outdoor area and enjoy the views of the hills and the surrounding wetlands," Beverley says. "When the warmer weather comes, I think we will be spending a lot of our time on the veranda, having the occasional barbecue." A galley kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, overhead cupboards, double-door pantry and kitchen bench with breakfast bar.

 

18-Sep-2011 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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