Seaside Retreat

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Seaside Retreat

The two-storey Hayborough by Sarah Homes helped this couple realise
their dream of building an idyllic weekend getaway by the sea

words john merriman photography nick clayton

For David and Caryl Macfarlane realising their dream of building a home by the sea was never going to happen in their homeland. "Living in the UK it was never going to be a possibility for us to have a home by the sea," Caryl says. "The land is held too tightly and it also quite expensive."  The couple finally had their chance to build by the sea when they immigrated to South Australia with their family. "We had been visiting Australia for the past 20 years and made the decision about five years ago to live here permanently.

We chose Adelaide because of the beautiful climate and it is a very nice city. One day we were driving around in the country and saw a block of land for sale and realised it was actually a viable option for us now; it was just too good to pass on." The couple wanted a two-storey home so they could enjoy sea views from the top level. They also included a three-sided balcony to enjoy the views. Inside the home, a wall was placed in front of the kitchen to separate it from the stairwell. A large window was also added to a side wall of the kitchen, again to maximise the views.

"We decided on adding the wall because it gives a bit more privacy to people who may be staying downstairs and using the living room," Caryl says. "It also helps separate the kitchen from the upstairs living area, although you are still able to see and speak to guests." The galley kitchen includes a bench with breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, overhead cupboards and walk-in pantry. To the side is the dining room, part of the open-plan design that includes a living room. A powder room and main bedroom, with built-in wardrobe and ensuite, is also located on this level.

Downstairs houses the three minor bedrooms and a second living area. A large three-way bathroom is located adjacent the laundry and a handy linen cupboard is located under the stairs. "Having lots of big windows on the top level was really important because at one end of the home it is surrounded by trees and you feel you are part of the natural environment," Caryl says. "We haven't decided if we would retire down here in the future but having the home within a decent drive time from Adelaide means we really get the most out of it at the moment. We have two adult sons who will also enjoy visiting with us."

 

27-Nov-2009 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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