Take it Easy

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Take it easy

If you fancy a laid-back beach lifestyle, Sarah Homes'
Roberts 2 Storey could be just the holiday home you need

Picture weekend mornings on the sundrenched deck of Sarah Homes' Roberts 2 Storey design, coffee in hand with a view of the ocean. Or, better yet, balmy summer nights catching up with friends over a gin and tonic. It's this laid-back, quintessentially Australian beachside lifestyle which inspired the fresh and airy Roberts 2 Storey design, says Sarah Homes' Helen Lowrie.

"This home has a very relaxed, informal feel. It is a real entertainer's home with plenty of space for everyone in the family," Helen says of the design, which she calls a "delight" thanks to the generous decking. "Given our lovely temperate climate for most of the year, the ability to open up the home is a way to enjoy our environment," she adds of the 69sqm main openplan living area upstairs.

Designed with four bedrooms and ample living spaces on both levels, the home's floorplan was devised with holidays in mind - zoning the floors to ensure maximum comfort and seamless entertaining.

"Remarkably, the Roberts 2 Storey has a lot of space but sits comfortably on a narrow block. This is important as there is a growing trend to narrower lots," says Helen of the compact design that spans 7.9m wide and is 16m deep. On the ground level, three minor bedrooms are generous in size with large windows and easy access to an unusual bathroom setup, which sees the shower and a powder area on one side of the hallway, and a second powder area opposite, with access to a separate toilet and laundry.

This ensures all downstairs inhabitants will have access to the wet areas without getting in each other's way. A central hallway leads from the entry at the front to the downstairs living area at the rear. This space, which has sliding doors to the yard, could be used as a games room to create a teenage retreat-like zone and ensure the adults "have some time away from noisy kids", as Helen puts it. Halfway along the hall, another set of sliding doors opens to the outdoors where a shaded courtyard could be created.

"The bedrooms and a downstairs living room open on to the backyard, making it the ideal place for a large family or holiday/rental investors," she says.

Upstairs, designed as the home's main living hub, is a bright and breezy open-plan living space leading from the stylish yet conventional galley-style kitchen and out to two wide balconies.

In the display, the modern white kitchen gets a burst of colour with an orange splashback setting off the thick stone benchtop with two round sinks inset, while behind it a double bank of above-counter cupboards in a timber look laminate adds vital storage. The upstairs living area, according to Helen, is what impresses visitors to the Victor Harbor display the most.

Large windows on all sides maximise views from the kitchen, dining and lounge which sits adjacent the wider balcony at the front. At the back of the upper level behind the kitchen, is the master bedroom which is spaciously appointed, running the width of the home, and has walk-in storage and an ensuite with a shower, toilet and long vanity. Thanks to the zoning, the home appeals to a range of clients seeking easy family holiday living, Helen says.

"It is ideal for people with large families who want a lot of space to relax in a holiday home," she says. "It also appeals to older clients with grandchildren who like to holiday with family but want an extra living zone to keep the child/teenage noise away from the adults."

On-point with Scandi chic finishes, including whitewashed flooring, and clever window placement for welcome natural light, the Roberts 2 Storey design exudes a sense of serenity from each room, as well as being an environmentallyfriendly design. Design features, including the vaulted ceiling and porthole windows to the front, add a spacious feel to the home, Helen says.

In the display, a recess near the kitchen has been turned into extra storage as well as a feature bookshelf. White weatherboard-style cladding combined with timber decking adds to the beachhouse feel.

"Most Sarah Homes are built as holiday homes, so the styling was chosen to reflect these happy, relaxed times," Helen says. "The colours are bright and cheery, yet not overpowering." True Oak corrugated roofing/wall cladding by Revolution Roofing, a 25-year structural guarantee and Blum soft close drawers to the kitchen come as standard with the design, but Helen adds that "anything and everything can be upgraded". "The most common upgrades are ceiling heights, tiling heights and deck layouts - both size and location - as well as changes to kitchen and bathroom cabinets," she says.

 

07-Feb-2016 - The Sunday Mail Home Magazine

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