WELCOME HOME: The Ritortos love their new family home. . Pictures: Nick Clayton
The Sienna 215was the perfect solution for this couple when they decided to knock down and rebuild the family home
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terling Hon:es' Sie~na 215 was designed With a family like the Ritortos in mind bringing them together yet giving them privacy when necessary. Josie and Nick Ritorto were looking for comfort and space when the decided to knock down and rebuild their family home of 34 years. With an open-plan kitchen and living area, perfect for entertaining, their new single storey Sienna is a stylish and inviting environment to share with their three adult children and large extended family. Josie and Nick were pleased with the entire experience, working closely with Sterling Homes to create their dream home - slightly modifying the Sienna by having box windows
rather than a bay window at the front. 'We've always wanted to do it and once I saw the plan we decided and that was it," Josie says. "It was good fun. We didn't have many problems at all." The Ritortos were particularly attracted to the floorplan's clever use of space. The master bedroom is much larger than in their previous home and is completed by an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. Meanwhile, the central hub features a contemporary kitchen overlooking the dining and living areas, allowing the cook to interact with guests while preparing meals, a feature well suited to the family of avid entertainers. "We have a lot of dinners and family get-togethers." Josie says. "I wanted to make sure that every bit of the house was used. A lot of times we'd gone to see display homes, the rooms were there but the space was just wasted."
The open kitchen has a large charcoal island, used as a breakfast bar by the family, and a glass range hood with a spectacular tiled splashback. "Because it's an island kitchen I wanted something that would stand out so 1went for something a little bit different," J osie says. A self-confessed lover of "unusual things", Josie has decorated the new home with warm hues of olive, chocolate and cream as well as loud wall features including large cutting-edge silver cutlery pieces displayed in the kitchen. "I really wanted them to be a talking point." J osie says "My grandmother used to have them years ago and they were wood. I've always liked them and when I saw these I loved them." While Josie injected a lot of her own personality into the decor, she adds it was a family experience, her daughters by
her side during most ofthe shopping trips. "The kids were all involved," Josie says. The four bedroom home has become the ideal living space for the family. With three bedrooms running off a separate hallway, all accessible to the bathroom and laundry, Josie and Nick's three children Francesca, 24, Guilia, 27, and Vince, 30, have their own retreatlike area. Francesca even has her own kitchen, which runs off the main kitchen. For the parents, a cosy yet chicformal lounge is at the front opposite their bedroom and away from the main entertainment area, providing a sanctuary when the children have company. "It's an easy home to live in." Josie says. '1t's a great house to relax in when you come home from work, there are plenty of places to sit and the formal lounge area has no TV to make it more relaxing."