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When friends come to visit, this family will never be short
on room with the Streeton design from Sarah Homes
WORDS John Merriman PHOTOGRAPHY Nick Clayton the Sunday Mail Home Magazine
Everyone is guaranteed of their own space to party when the holidays come around for the Hamam family. With two levels of living space and five bedrooms, John and Jane Hamam found a weekender they will never outgrow. "We have three boys, 25, 23, 17, so when we come up to stay as a family everyone has their own bedroom, and quite often the boys will bring along a friend or the grandparents may come up as well," John says.
"Eventually the boys will have children of their own so when they visit with their families there will still be ample room for everyone. That was one of the main aspects in choosing the design, a home that will be able to cope with an ever-growing family." This is the third home John and Jane have built together, but their first holiday home. "I think we have just always liked the idea of making our own choices when it comes to materials, which you can't do when you buy an established home," he says.
"Experience helped us get everything right with this home, such as having extra windows facing north to let in as much winter sun as possible, keeping the hot summer sun out and having a great outdoor entertaining area that is big enough to be comfortable as well as providing beautiful views." The ground floor of the home houses the four minor bedrooms, two small corner porches, a laundry and bathroom. A large rumpus room provides the living space.
Upstairs includes the main bedroom with walk-in wardrobe, dining and living areas and kitchen with walk-in pantry, ample cupboards and bench space for preparing meals. "Quite often the ground floor rumpus is covered in quilts, beanbags and computer games. The kids are able to stretch out and do pretty much what they like," John says. "Upstairs adults can sit down and relax." Large windows look out over the veranda to provide views of the sea while sliding glass doors provide easy access to the decked area. "We extended the balcony to sit outside and enjoy the view," he says.
13-Jul-2011 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine
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