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METRICON MIMOSA HOMES NOSTRA HOMES OAK LIVING OPTIMAL HOMES ORION HOMES ORLARA HOMES PORTER DAVIS PREMIER BUILDERS GROUP REALITY HOMES SHERRIDON HOMES SIENNA HOMES SIMONDS HOMES SJD HOMES SMARTHOMES WELSH HOMES ZUCCALA HOMES ADENBROOK HOMES ARDEN HOMES AUSTRALIAN BUILDING CO BEACHWOOD CONSTRUCTIONS BENTLEY HOMES BOUTIQUE HOMES BURBANK CARLISLE CHEVIOT HOMES DEAN HOMES DENNIS FAMILY HOMES EIGHT HOMES FAIRHAVEN HOMES GEELONG HOMES GRANVUE HOMES HAMILTON PROPERTY GROUP HAMLAN HOMES HENLEY HOME BUILDERS UNLIMITED HOMEBUYERS CENTRE HOTONDO HOMES JG KING JM HOMES SURF COAST LIBERTY HOMES LONG ISLAND HOMES METRICON MIMOSA HOMES NOSTRA HOMES OAK LIVING OPTIMAL HOMES ORION HOMES ORLARA HOMES PORTER DAVIS PREMIER BUILDERS GROUP REALITY HOMES SHERRIDON HOMES SIENNA HOMES SIMONDS HOMES SJD HOMES SMARTHOMES WELSH HOMES ZUCCALA HOMES ADENBROOK HOMES ARDEN HOMES AUSTRALIAN BUILDING CO BEACHWOOD CONSTRUCTIONS BENTLEY HOMES BOUTIQUE HOMES BURBANK CARLISLE CHEVIOT HOMES DEAN HOMES DENNIS FAMILY HOMES 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Make the most of visits to display homes with these handy tips

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Think size, shape, orientation and slope when choosing a block, but think longer term when deciding where to live

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08 Estate Pioneer Liz Davis journeyed from the other side of the world - relaying instructions about her new home via email - before settling in Jubilee Estate

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FAIRHAVEN HOMES Riverview 266

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GEELONG HOMES Flinders 221

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A lucky buyer won the chance to experience the chance of living in a display home for a night

52 Pick and choose Creating the look in your new home usually involves more than 100 style decisions. Thankfully, most builders make it easy with their selection centres

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ROM its first edition, Urban Life has aimed to help guide you into your new house. As part of this quest, our writers have been travelling to display villages across Melbourne and Geelong - and even to Wagga Wagga and Adelaide - to see the latest and greatest in display homes. Now, in line with our efforts to let you know what’s out there, we would like to share with you more than 100 reviews of display homes we have visited. During the course of this mission, we have attempted to highlight the efforts of builders large and small (though not all builders chose to participate, unfortunately) and underline exactly what we love about each and every house. All writers had different favourites, which is why we wanted to present as many options as possible. This is complemented by a series of articles that we hope educates you about the process - from making the most of display home visits and buying land to safety and garage storage tips - together with insights from industry figures trying to make a difference. We trust this will be a useful and informative guide in assisting you to find your dream home among our selections, and hope it will help confirm your choice. Good luck! ROSS MCGRAVIE EDITOR

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Make the most of your visits to display villages with these handy tips from Simon Mongan of the Homebuyers Centre

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F YOU’RE looking to buy a house, land or a house-and-land package, inspecting display homes is an exciting next step. But before jumping in feet first, it’s handy to have some insiders tips about how to prepare so you make the most out of your visit.

KNOW YOUR BUDGET Before the fun of looking for your dream home begins, know how much you can afford to spend. “Be really clear about your budget before you start, know what your repayments will be and make sure you’re comfortable with that before you go out there shopping,” Homebuyers Centre general manager Simon Mongan said. In the same way you are going to shop around for your house and land, also shop around for finance. “Not all banks are created equal and not all brokers are created equal,” he said. “Someone who specialises in construction finance is usually the best option because there’s a lot of moving parts with a block of land to buy and a building contract to consider. Deal with someone who does it daily.”

RESEARCH YOUR BUILDERS “Choose your builder before you choose your home,” Mongan said. “Tap into online forums, tap into your own networks, friends and family. Everyone knows someone who has built

important decision. Most of all, remember that all good things take time, so don’t rush it.

ASK QUESTIONS Display homes are builders presenting their best work and the highlights of what they can offer, so chances are you’re looking at upgrades and extras. Mongan cautions you should “not assume what you see on display is what’s included.” So be sure to ask. The sales consultant is your one-stop shop for information. They should outline what comes standard with your home and what extras have been added. This will ensure any decision you make is within your budget and properly informed.

KEEP YOUR BUDGET FRONT OF MIND “Be careful about being swept away with the emotional attachment of a display home,” Mongan said. “They look great and it’s easy to start getting excited and adding upgrades, but you need to remember your budget and err on the side of caution when choosing your upgrades.” Having said that, display homes are also a great way to show you what’s possible and inspire ideas. They are a good reminder that you can modify, customise, extend and upgrade to really create your dream home, if your budget allows.

“Be really clear about your budget. Know what your repayments will be and make sure you’re comfortable before you go shopping. ” – Simon Mongan

before. Those ‘barbecue stories’ are pretty powerful because they are actually talking about an end-to-end experience.” The types of things you’re looking for: years in the business, build quality, range, customer service, warranties and guarantees. For example, Homebuyers Centre provides a 25year structural guarantee and 12-month service warranty.

DETERMINE YOUR NEEDS Draw up a checklist of what you need and want in your home, now and in the future, as that will make choosing the right design easier. How long do you expect to live in this house? What lifestyle changes do you anticipate happening in that time? Will you have kids or an elderly relative moving in? It may be whether a single-storey layout will suit your family or if a double-storey design is more to your liking. Or integrating a second main bedroom, complete with ensuite, if you frequently have visitors. There are many different factors to consider before visiting a display home that can save you time and effort.

GET TO KNOW THE OVERALL FEEL Display homes offer a chance to actually walk through the space, so you can touch, see and imagine what it would really be like to live in each design.

USE THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE Display homes are one way to experience the design, but volume builders offer other options. Some have interactive online tools to make design alterations. Others have colour selection centres to assist with interior choices. Research everything and anything if you have the chance. The more you know, the more informed your decisions will be.

KNOW THE BEST TIME OF THE WEEK TO VISIT If you have the luxury of choice, the best time to visit a display home is during the week when sales consultants can give you more of their time to answer questions. Once you’re at the next stage and ready to get a full quote, make time for a one-onone appointment with a sales consultant.

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ENJOY THE PROCESS

Once you’ve researched your builders and narrowed down a list of designs you like, it’s time to visit the display homes. Be sure to note the name of the designs you like, as well as the builder’s details. Also, take plenty of photos on your phone to reference at a later time. Information is power when you’re making such an

Buying and building your first home is a big achievement and should be exciting. “If you choose your builder wisely and enjoy the ride, it can be a lot of fun,” Mongan said. “It can be daunting, a bit scary at first, but if you saddle up with the right builder it can be an exciting ride. Just enjoy it.”

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What attracted you to the industry (and when)? I first started to gain an interest in the building industry around the age of 12 when I helped my brother to renovate his first property. I found a great deal of satisfaction in tearing out the old flooring and kitchen, only to reveal the beautiful hardwood floors that had been covered up by a hideous floral carpet, and knowing I had helped to give the little place a new lease of life. This interest led me to the construction industry over 13 years ago when I started my adult life – first on the tools and then moving across to sales full time three and a half years ago. What do you love most about the industry? I really enjoy the human interaction I get in new-home sales. Helping a buyer achieve their dream of owning their home, and seeing how determined they can be to make this a reality, is fulfilling (to know you have helped to guide them through the process), but also inspiring to know it can still be achieved - even in a tough market for new-home buyers. What do you consider your greatest challenge (in the industry)? The greatest challenge is the expectation versus the reality many buyers have when looking to build for the first time. I am fortunate enough to have homes on display that are very close to our standard specifications, and this allows me to have a no-fuss discussion with many clients.

Best change? Energy ratings to homes are a massive improvement. Anyone who has lived in an old home will tell you that they have all the character in the world but they’re horrendous to run and maintain. All standard plans at Eight Homes start with a minimum six-star rating. We have been able to achieve that rating through the use of clever design features, and through the use of the latest developments in product design - such as the waffle pod systems we incorporate in to our slabs. The installation of this type of slab provides a reduction in material handling to and from a site, and therefore we use less of a carbon footprint when building your new home, and that’s a better outcome for all of us. If you had the power, how would you improve the planning process? I am a fan of architecture and thinking outside of the square, so I would like to see more free-thinking to stop our suburbs from looking too mundane.

Chris Carrick EIGHT HOMES

Biggest regret? My biggest regret is not purchasing and developing more land when I had the chance. Someone once told me to buy as much land that’s close to amenities as you can afford, because that’s the biggest factor for people wanting to move into that area. As a result, it provides the best return on your investment. These are always the blocks that sold the quickest, and for a premium. I also don’t like my chances of seeing land at the prices they used to be in 2010 either. Worst trend? The worst trend I have seen is people trying to put too many features into a home without taking care of the basics, such as storage and decent-sized bedrooms. We have many clever design options that maximise the use of space, while offering that extra 10 per cent that home buyers are looking for to help make a decision, such as the addition of a walk-in pantry or walk-in wardrobe.

What’s the biggest misconception people have about planning and building? Clients often have expectations in relation to time frames and finishes that are seen on reality shows like The Block, and for these expectations to be replicated in real life. Unfortunately, budget constraints and often estate guidelines can put these expectations out of reach for many.

If building tomorrow, what feature would you most like incorporated in your home? I am currently planning a new home and it will incorporate a large integrated walk-in pantry and a solid Victorian ash staircase. What tips would you give for future-proofing a home? Make the structural changes you want now, because you can’t change your mind and raise the ceiling heights after construction, whereas you can change carpet or add tiles with relative ease. What do you think building a home will be like in 2030? I believe prefabrication will play a major role in new-home designs, and installation on site will be a far quicker process. Through the introduction of new technologies, I’m also optimistic this will allow a new evolution in design to occur, allowing everyday Australians to show off our sense of style in the best possible light.

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Second Coming After a taste of Australian life, Liz Davis put family first when leaving the UK for better weather and wider spaces in Melbourne’s west

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OVING can be a stressful process, but it’s even harder when you journey from the other side of the world to start a new life. But this is exactly what Liz Davis had to do, as she “created” her new home online, with the help of her daughter, Rebecca. Over a period of about two years, Davis sold her home in England, moved countries, rented, and finally moved into her new home in Australia. Little did she know she would also become the first resident of Wyndham Vale’s Jubilee Estate. Hailing from the rolling hills of Lichfield in the Midlands, Davis made the move across the world to be closer to family, and has ended up being an integral part of the Jubilee community. “I moved here six months ago after having rented for about 18 months. I was the first resident to move in,” she said. “I used to live in the UK and my daughter migrated here before me, so I

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wanted to be close to her and her family, who don’t live too far away.” Interestingly enough, Davis had been a Melbourne resident before – in the 1970s when she moved to Australia to set up a new life. Her daughter was born in Melbourne but fate took them back to the UK, before Rebecca decided that Australia was the place to raise her children, Lachlan, 11 and Jesse, 5. Davis soon followed suit to be closer to family and chose Jubilee Estate for numerous reasons. “I considered other developments before deciding on Jubilee and (builder) Simonds. It had the right amenities, was a great location and meant I could be closer to my daughter and grandchildren (who live in Hoppers Crossing),” she said. The tyranny of distance meant that Davis chose her house via photos and layouts sent from her daughter via email. “I just wanted a new house really. When Rebecca emailed me about the

house-and-land deal, I took a look at the layout and liked what I saw. It ticked all the boxes for me,” Davis said. Davis cites the design flexibility as the contributing factor to her choosing her three-bedroom house. “Simonds had a lot of design options available but the design I chose had everything I needed for my own space, as well as enough room for my grandkids to enjoy. Having plenty of garden, and back and front yard space was particularly important to me,” she said. Like any new home owner, Davis is excited about her choice and eager to point out what she likes best about her abode. “I’m really looking forward to the garden being finished because it’ll be nice and big - perfect given spring is upon us. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the tiles, carpet and kitchen cupboards as they were being installed. They turned out even better than expected,” Davis said.

“The frontage is beautiful too – there are a few things in the works, but it’s amazing to see it all come together. My home is only small but suits my needs perfectly. There is still ample space for the grandkids to stay over, run around and enjoy playing in the backyard, which is exactly what I was looking for.” After some research, Davis decided on Jubilee Estate for its location and growth potential. “The thing I love most about the area is the tranquillity and proximity to everything,” she said. “It’s handy for a lot of things, like travelling to the city (I can jump on the train and be in the city in 30 minutes) or even travelling to Geelong. We’re nice and close to a train station and the freeway, so getting around is easy. We’re also not too far from the beach in Werribee South or Altona.” As the first resident of the estate – celebrated with “a lovely bouquet of flowers and a bottle of champagne” -


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Davis says the grounds weren’t complete when she received her house keys. But watching the estate grow and come alive brings a sense of excitement to her. “Naturally, there was lots of activity and construction happening with other builders and workers, starting from about 7am until 4pm, so that meant things were quite lively here,” the grandmother said. “I’ve only been living in the community since December, but I’ve witnessed the construction and launch of the linear park and the official launch of the display village, which is nice for those looking to explore their options. “Given I was the first resident to move into the community, when I moved in only the lighting and streets had been completed. Many other homes are being built, which is exciting. I’m looking forward to meeting other neighbours as they move into the area.” Once other families started moving in,

the community at Jubilee Estate really started to thrive. “I love the tight-knit community here. I’m really looking forward to the opening of more amenities and getting to know other neighbours and families as they move in. I like being close to my daughter and to things like good shopping centres. The linear park also just opened, which is a fantastic treat for when I look after my grandkids,” she said. “There are quite a few local community groups in Wyndham Vale that you can join, like gardening groups. There’s a real community feel about the place. I’m most excited to see the private water park open. That’s something the grandkids are looking forward to. I’m also looking forward to having a nice cafe within walking distance and I know some of the mums in the area are excited to have the childcare centre nearby. There is a lot in the pipeline.” Hoping to set an example to other

potential estate pioneers, Davis believes a well-rounded approach is best to figuring out what you need from your home. “Be open minded when it comes to visiting new developments. Envision the future and what it will look like for your family. Work out what’s best for you when it comes to home design, amenities or location and ask questions. Consider what will work best for your situation,” she said. “For example, look at future family growth, garden space, areas for kids to play and proximity to things like childcare, shopping centres and community groups. If you’re making the move as a downsizer, think about what your other needs might be if space isn’t one of them, such as accessibility, bathroom amenities and other spaces like pantries and lounge rooms.” -MANVEEN MAAN

OPPOSITE PAGE Liz’s kitchen is the perfect size for easy cooking. “It’s a great little kitchen that has everything I need, and I love that the pantry has so much storage space,” she says THIS PAGE (Clockwise from top) The living room, dining room and main bathroom cater to all of Liz’s needs. An interesting feature is the two-way access to the main bathroom, from the main bedroom and the hallway. “I like that it uses the space wisely,” she says Pictures: KYLIE MIBUS

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BEST DISPLAY HOMES

2017

Home Buyers Centre - Grove 22

SINGLE-STOREY HOMES

ADENBROOK HOMES ARDEN HOMES AUSTRALIAN BUILDING CO BEACHWOOD CONSTRUCTIONS BENTLEY HOMES BOUTIQUE HOMES BURBANK CARLISLE CHEVIOT HOMES DEAN HOMES DENNIS FAMILY HOMES EIGHT HOMES FAIRHAVEN HOMES GEELONG HOMES GRANVUE HOMES HAMILTON PROPERTY GROUP HAMLAN HOMES HENLEY HOME BUILDERS UNLIMITED HOMEBUYERS CENTRE HOTONDO HOMES JG KING JM HOMES SURF COAST LIBERTY HOMES LONG ISLAND HOMES METRICON MIMOSA HOMES NOSTRA HOMES OAK LIVING OPTIMAL HOMES ORION HOMES ORLARA HOMES PORTER DAVIS PREMIER BUILDERS GROUP REALITY HOMES SHERRIDON HOMES SIENNA HOMES SIMONDS HOMES SJD HOMES SMARTHOMES WELSH HOMES ZUCCALA HOMES ADENBROOK HOMES ARDEN HOMES AUSTRALIAN BUILDING CO BEACHWOOD CONSTRUCTIONS BENTLEY HOMES BOUTIQUE HOMES BURBANK CARLISLE CHEVIOT HOMES DEAN HOMES DENNIS FAMILY HOMES EIGHT HOMES FAIRHAVEN HOMES GEELONG HOMES GRANVUE HOMES HAMILTON PROPERTY GROUP HAMLAN HOMES HENLEY HOME BUILDERS UNLIMITED HOMEBUYERS CENTRE HOTONDO HOMES JG KING JM HOMES SURF COAST LIBERTY HOMES LONG ISLAND HOMES METRICON MIMOSA HOMES NOSTRA HOMES OAK LIVING OPTIMAL HOMES ORION HOMES ORLARA HOMES PORTER DAVIS PREMIER BUILDERS GROUP REALITY HOMES SHERRIDON HOMES SIENNA HOMES SIMONDS HOMES SJD HOMES SMARTHOMES WELSH HOMES ZUCCALA HOMES ADENBROOK HOMES ARDEN HOMES AUSTRALIAN BUILDING CO BEACHWOOD CONSTRUCTIONS BENTLEY HOMES BOUTIQUE HOMES BURBANK CARLISLE CHEVIOT HOMES DEAN HOMES DENNIS FAMILY HOMES EIGHT HOMES FAIRHAVEN HOMES GEELONG HOMES GRANVUE HOMES HAMILTON PROPERTY GROUP HAMLAN HOMES HENLEY HOME BUILDERS UNLIMITED HOMEBUYERS CENTRE HOTONDO HOMES JG KING JM HOMES SURF COAST LIBERTY HOMES LONG ISLAND HOMES METRICON MIMOSA HOMES NOSTRA HOMES OAK LIVING OPTIMAL HOMES ORION HOMES ORLARA HOMES PORTER DAVIS PREMIER BUILDERS GROUP REALITY HOMES SHERRIDON HOMES SIENNA HOMES SIMONDS HOMES SJD HOMES SMARTHOMES


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Adenbrook Homes – The Indigo (Karin facade) SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Front kids’ bedrooms ü Full-width al fresco ü Smart placement of shoe rack, powder room and laundry near garage

Y URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Thoughtful

design and a switch in family priorities make this a welcome option for first-time buyers.”

OUNG families can start in style with this inspiring, single-level dwelling from Adenbrook Homes. The 34.8-square residence, which is the Queensland builder’s first display home in Victoria, impresses with its fresh design. This is evident immediately in the front sleeping wing. Showcasing three kids’ bedrooms with built-in robes, it also has a retreat, toilet and a bathroom featuring a single vanity, corner shower and large bath. Likewise, the garage directly accesses a shoe rack and utility area, powder room and a large laundry that could double as a mud or drying room. The central hall continues past a walk-in linen press and into the theatre room to the right. Across the hall is the main bedroom suite, which has his-andhers fitted walk-in robes and an ensuite featuring a toilet, twinbasin vanity and frameless glass shower that also incorporates a freestanding bath. Last but not least is its full-width informal living domain, which opens through three sets of sliding doors, that exemplifies indoor-outdoor living. Enhanced by a side butler’s pantry, the kitchen is equipped with Westinghouse stainless-steel appliances (induction cooktop, tower ovens, dishwasher), garden splashback window and an island bench with designer tap. The al fresco includes a built-in barbecue and ceiling fan. The Indigo is on display at Clydevale Estate, Clyde North.

4 BEDROOMS, 2.5 BATHROOMS, 3 LIVING AREAS, STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $238,000 // ADENBROOKHOMES.COM.AU 12 // URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


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Arden Homes – Bellini Royale WE LOVE

SINGLE STOREY

ü Laundry tucked away in separate corner

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A low-key

ü Appealing kitchen layout with walk-in pantry

family home for easy living.”

ü Victorian ash dividing screens

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ERFECT for first-time buyers, the Bellini Royale is a neat amalgam of form and function. Best suited to a 14m x 31m block, the single-level, 28.8-square house also has the bonus of the standard Arden Homes inclusions of a Tesla Powerwall 2 and 20 solar panels. The main suite is on the left with double doors and highlight windows, while the ensuite has a shower, double vanity, separate toilet and walk-in robe. Next is the spacious theatre or sitting room, which features a Victorian ash decorative screen for added pizazz. The walkway continues into the informal living domain comprising a kitchen, dining and living area. The well-planned kitchen has a walk-in pantry, stone-topped island bench/breakfast bar with Franke double sink, and Artusi appliances (dishwasher, canopy rangehood and 900mm oven with five-burner gas cooktop). The laundry is in its own little corner behind the kitchen, and is accompanied by a walk-in linen press. A study nook with built-in cabinetry sits in a corner of the family room and is next to the sliding doors that open to the al fresco. The sleeping quarters consist of three bedrooms, each with a walk-in robe. The shared bathroom comes with its bath, vanity, shower and separate toilet. The Bellini Royale is on display at Acacia Estate, Botanic Ridge. -MM

Bellini Royale

Coming home to the Bellini is always a charmed experience as you enter a sanctuary of quiet calm and convenience that never gets old. Relax as you immerse yourself in space that is enhanced by high ceilings and large windows. Feel a smile transform your face as you watch your family inhabit the dream you imagined and realised for them.

Walk in Robe

Bathroom Ensuite

Master Bedroom

Walk in Robe

Porch

Home Theatre WC

Bedroom 2

Walk in Robe

Master Suite

Bedroom 3 Bedroom 4

Walk in Robe

Entry Kitchen

Dining

Study Nook

3250 x 3000

Bedroom 3

3360 x 3000

Bedroom 4

3000 x 3000 5540 x 7630

Alfresco

6620 x 3090

Double Garage

5500 x 6000

Ground

Alfresco

Porch Garage Alfresco Total Size

Garage

4450 x 3800

Dining/Living

Overall House Size

Living

4450 x 3 9 1 0

Bedroom 2

Home Theatre

WC

Pantry

Bellini Royale Dimensions (mm)

12.75m x 23.40m 204.68m² 6.40m² 36.32m² 20.46m² 267.85m² (28.83sq)

Laundry

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM: $237,900 // ARDENHOMES.COM.AU House Design: Bellini Royale

NOTES:

Minimum Block Size: Facade: Project Value:

BELLINI ROYALE FLOOR PLAN

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Arden Homes – Empire 28 WE LOVE

SINGLE STOREY

ü Stylish bathroom with frameless shower screen and standalone tub ü Sun court between kitchen and dining areas for seamless entertaining ü Gourmet kitchen with integrated servery table

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URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Luxe

living for the entire family.”

Empire 28

EMPIRE 28

Sun Court

Ensuite

Master Bedroom

Dining

Home Theatre

(mm)

Living

Walk in Robe

Entry

Linen

Porch

TYLE and substance come together in Arden Homes’ Empire 28. Arden Homes is all about energy efficiency and the 28-square Empire delivers just that with solar panels and a Tesla Powerwall - a standard inclusion in all Arden residences. There are also fibreoptic ceiling lights in the theatre, and aluminium-framed sliding doors for the complete cinematic experience. The hallway leads directly into the living and dining area, with the sun court dividing the outdoor space in between. The kitchen is decked out with a stone-topped island bench and integrated servery table that doubles as a breakfast bar. The butler’s pantry with picture window, glass splashback and Smeg appliances (dishwasher and oven with five-burner gas cooktop) complete the top-notch kitchen. The laundry has broom space, hanging rails and shelves for storage. At the rear of the home is the carpeted sleeping wing, consisting of three The Empire 28 is a masterpiece of design zoned to create separate living spaces for family members of all ages. The kitchen and living area stretches right across the width of the house and connects directly to the sun court to create a feeling of space and light. The pantry and laundry conveniently open off the kitchen. Meanwhile, at the rear of bedrooms with walk-in wardrobes, shared the house, a master suite and three comfortably sized bedrooms come together in a quiet sleeping and study zone. There is a home theatre at the front of the house zoned separately from the family living area. bathroom and a light-filled main suite. The ensuite, which is resplendent with a large shower, floating vanity with stone benchtops, twin basins and separate toilet, is smartly tucked away in a functional design. The fitted Empire 28 Dimensions Master Suite 3840 x 4335 through walk-in wardrobe is accessed Bedroom 2 3000 x 3265 3 x 3465 shared doubleBedroom sliding doors. The3000huge Bedroom 4 3000 x 3465 Home Theatre 4160 x 4160 bathroom is a definite highlight, with a Dining/Living 7060 x 6370 floating trendy frameless shower Sun vanity, Court 5000 x 4250 Double Garage 6000 x 5870 screen, a chic standalone tub and a Overall House Dimension 25.17m x 12.81m separate Groundpowder room. 220.10m² Porch 6.97m² TheGarage Empire 28 is suitable for a 38.56m² Total Size 265.62m² (28.59sq) 14m x 32m block and is displayed at True North Estate, Roxburgh Park. -MM Bedroom 2

Bedroom 4

Pantry

Bathroom

Walk in Robe

Kitchen

Garage

Pdr

Laundry

Bedroom 3

Walk in Robe

Walk in Robe

Master Suite Bedroom 2

3840mm x 4335mm 3000mm x 3265mm

Bedroom 3 Bedroom 4

3000mm x 3465mm 3000mm x 3465mm

Dining/living Home Theatre

7060mm x 6370mm 4160mm x 4160mm

Sun Court Double Garage

5000mm x 4250mm 6000mm x 5870mm

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $263,900 // ARDENHOMES.COM.AU Overall house dimension

House Design: Empire 28

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Minimum Block Size: Facade: Project Value:

NOTES:

12.81m x 25.17m 220.10m² 38.56m² 6.97m²

Living Garage Porch Total Area

265.62 m²

28.59 sq.


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Australian Building Company – Saffire 28 WE LOVE

SINGLE STOREY

ü Open-plan layout and picture windows

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Value

ü Great kitchen design with cooking, prep and pantry areas close together

engineered to a T, the Saffire is an impeccable family home.”

ü Rear rumpus for intimate gatherings

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OUTDOOR ROOM 3000 x 3960

RUMPUS

BEDROOM 4

4140 x 3690

2890 x 3690

robe

sliding door

robe

BEDROOM 3

FAMILY

3260 x 3380

4880 x 7940

DINING W.C.

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BATHROOM

sliding door

linen

LAUNDRY

KITCHEN

BEDROOM 2

LINEN

PANTRY

robe

2920 x 3450

robe

ENSUITE W.C.

W.I.R.

robe

HE Saffire 28 is a solid family home that exemplifies excellent value. With an ingenious layout encapsulating 27.7 squares, it’s hard to find a better design for the growing family. The front main suite has a sizeable walk-in robe, while the ensuite has a double vanity, shower and separate toilet. The dark-wood walkway has a decorative ledge that adds a splash of glamour, and sits across from the linen press. The kitchen, living and dining areas are filled with plenty of natural light, thanks to picture windows. The kitchen is functional and chic, with an island bench/ breakfast bar with built-in Inalto microwave and dishwasher. There is also a five-burner gas cooktop, 900mm oven and canopy rangehood, all by Inalto. The handy prep space is just off to the side, and next to the fridge and walk-in pantry. Both the dining and living rooms have al fresco access, while the rumpus is at the back of the home as an extra entertaining space. The sleeping quarters are to the left. They consist of three bedrooms with mirrored robes, large laundry and a shared bathroom with a tub, vanity, shower and separate toilet. – MM

DOUBLE GARAGE 5510 x 6000

MASTER SUITE 3590 x 3750

ENTRY

PORTICO

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $194,800 // ABCHOMES.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 15


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Beachwood Constructions – Byron 25 WE LOVE

SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “The Byron 25

has perfected the art of zoned living.”

ü U-shaped kitchen area with ‘cleaning zone’ ü Large laundry behind kitchen ü Quiet zone for bedrooms and private deck off main suite

S

HOWING us how it’s done in the layout and design department, the Byron 25 from Beachwood Constructions is an absolute gem. The good impressions start in the large lounge room, which creates a triptych effect with its vertical windows. The main suite to the left has sliding doors to its own deck, while a fitted walk-in robe flows into the ensuite with double vanity, large shower with wall niche and toilet. Across the hall from the main suite are the sleeping quarters. Comprising three minor bedrooms with mirrored robes, it also features a powder room, linen press, and skylit bathroom that has a shower with wall niche, single vanity with raised basin and bath tub. But it’s the open-plan living and dining area where the 25.21-square residence truly shines. It opens to the vast rear al fresco with ceiling fan. The living domain complements the U-shaped kitchen, which has a stone-topped breakfast bar with an integrated microwave, Smeg stainlesssteel appliances (900mm underbench oven, five-burner gas cooktop and pull-out rangehood) and black-glass splashback. The double sink to the side and dishwasher make up the ‘cleaning zone’, while the huge walk-in pantry has wine storage cubes, open shelving and space for a double fridge. The large laundry is cleverly positioned behind the kitchen. It is highlighted by full-height storage cabinets, extra-large sink, highlight window, plenty of drying space and external access. The Byron 25 is best suited to a 14m x 30m block and is on display at Acacia Estate, Botanic Ridge. -MM

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $207,000 // BEACHWOOD.MELBOURNE 16 // URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


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Beachwood Constructions – Somers 24 SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü U-shaped kitchen ü Home theatre ü Main suite at front

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URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A bright

addition with the best of old and new. Within reach of all first-home buyers.”

RIGHTEN up your life with the myriad easy-living features of this singlelevel offering from Beachwood Constructions. Equally popular with firsttime buyers and retirees, the Somers 24 separates the parents from the kids yet provides an inclusive environment for all the family to shine. Illuminated by the highlight window above the bed, the front main bedroom suite includes a chic ensuite featuring a separate toilet, double vanity with recessed basins, and a large shower with wall niche, and a walk-in robe. The central hall leads past the galley laundry, and beyond into the informal living domain and al fresco. A mix of style and substance, the U-shaped kitchen has a stone-topped breakfast bar, Westinghouse stainless-steel appliances (900mm underbench oven, five-burner gas cooktop, pull-out rangehood, dishwasher and integrated microwave), Abey double sink below the window, and walk-in pantry to the side. To the right, through double doors, is the compact home theatre. There is also the sleeping wing that incorporates three bedrooms with built-in robes, toilet, walk-in linen press and a sleek bathroom featuring a corner shower, single vanity and bath. Excellent storage is another highlight. The Somers 24 is suitable for a 12.5m-wide block. -RM

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $196,000 // BEACHWOOD.MELBOURNE URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 17


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Bentley Homes – Atlanta 320 SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Clever

additions make this family home both chic and practical.”

WE LOVE ü Retreat that can be converted into a study area for quiet time ü Wine fridge in the separate bar area ü Laundry with drying room for hanging clothes indoors

M

ODERN families can enjoy the best of both worlds with Bentley Homes’ Atlanta 320. Equipped with all the fine touches that a family needs, the 31.83-square package is equally comfortable and chic. The main suite has floor-to-ceiling windows, and two carpeted walk-in wardrobes, in a resort-style set up that includes a skylit ensuite with double shower (including rainfall showerhead), niche, towel rail, floating vanity with twin basins, and separate toilet. The wide hallways lead into the spacious laundry with separate drying room. The living room is separated from the kitchen via a servery cut in the wall. The huge kitchen has a 20mm stone benchtop and breakfast bar with inbuilt storage drawers, and Technika

appliances (five-burner gas cooktop and rangehood, 900mm oven, dishwasher and integrated microwave). There is a wine fridge in the bar area, next to the walk-in pantry, while the side prep area has a double sink and a picture window with outdoor views. The dining area flows into the family room, and out to the al fresco via sliding doors. The sleeping quarters are to the left, featuring three large bedrooms with walk-in wardrobes. A powder room is next to the retreat, which can double as a study. The central bathroom has a shower, vanity with mirror, bath and towel rail. The Atlanta 320 is suitable for a 15m x 32m block and is on display at Cloverton Estate. -MM

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 3 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $252,900 // BENTLEYHOMES.COM.AU 18 // URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


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Bentley Homes – Calgary 280 Mk2 SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Sink-free island bench for added entertaining space

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A practical

ü Well-designed, L-shaped kitchen for ease of cooking and prep

home suited to the growing family.”

ü Kids’ retreat, away from the hustle and bustle of the house

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Alfresco

Bed 4

Family

Bed 3

Meals Retreat

BC

Bath

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PDR

WIP

Laundry

WIR

Theatre

Bed 2 WIL

Garage WC WIR

Entry

Master Suite

Porch

Ensuite

OOM to move gives growing families plenty to enjoy in this single-level offering from Bentley Homes. From its wide entry hall through to its rear bedrooms and al fresco, the lightfilled Calgary 280 is designed for easy living throughout its 27.9 squares. The main bedroom suite at the front of the home has plush carpet, fitted walk-in wardrobe with shelves, and ensuite with double vanity, huge mirror, shower with wall niche, and a separate toilet. There is also access to the double garage off the hallway. Beyond the hallway is a linen press to one side and a carpeted theatre room to the left, the latter enhanced by plantation shutters. The hall continues into the kitchen area, with a walk-in pantry and double fridge space. The L-shaped kitchen is both functional and stylish. Equipped

with Technika appliances (five-burner gas cooktop and rangehood, large oven and microwave), there is also a double sink with drainage grates in the corner prep area, along with a Starphire glass splashback for a cleaner finish. The island bench doubles as a breakfast bar and entertaining area. It is next to the family room and the al fresco, via sliding doors. The adjacent dining area leads into the kids’ retreat and sleeping quarters, which consists of two bedrooms with built-in robes, spacious bathroom with tub, mirrored vanity, large shower with wall niche, and separate powder room. The laundry with storage also has external access via sliding doors. Next to that is a larger fourth bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe. The plush carpet adds a level of luxury to this comfortable family home, which is designed to fit on a 14m x 32m lot. -MM

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 3 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $219,900 // BENTLEYHOMES.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 19


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Boutique Homes – Chelsea 26 WE LOVE

SINGLE STOREY

ü Well-designed kitchen with square-shaped island bench ü Excellent storage ü Kids bedrooms zoned away from main

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URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A well-

designed home that will brighten up the life of many young families.”

ROBE ROBE

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B A

BED 4 3.4 x 3.2

LIVING 4.9 x 4.8

BED 3 3.1 x 2.8

DINING 4.9 x 2.7 ROBE

ROBE

WC

BATH DW

KITCHEN MW

BED 2 3.4 x 3.0

24830

REF

WIP ROBE ROBE

EAT as a pin and with functionality to match, this single-level treat will have instant apeal. Exuding an understated elegance with its bright and airy interiors, the 25.58-square residence will have no shortage of admirers. The central entry opens to a hall, off which are the main bedroom suite, direct access to the double garage, and a walk-in linen press. The main bedroom includes a fitted walk-in robe and ensuite with twin-basin vanity, large shower and separate toilet. The entry hall continues past the storage-packed laundry on the right, and the theatre room on the left, and into the informal living domain. Preceded by the two-way butler’s pantry, the simple kitchen overlooks the dining area and family room. It incorporates Caesarstone benchtops, Ilve stainless-steel appliances (900mm underbench oven, five-burner gas cooktop, canopy rangehood, integrated microwave), tiled splashback and a square-shaped island bench with overhang for seating. Stackable doors open to the backyard. The kids’ bedrooms are cleverly contained within a wing. Each of the three double bedrooms have built-in robes. They are serviced by a compact bathroom with shower, single vanity and deep bath, and the separate toilet. It is on display at Highlands Estate, Craigieburn. Also on display at Harpley, Werribee. -RM

L'DRY THEATRE 3.9 x 3.8

RA

WIL

WC

ENS WIR

GARAGE 6.0 x 5.5

ENTRY BED 1 4.3 x 3.6

© PORCH

11270

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $237,600 // BOUTIQUEHOMES.COM.AU © The Copyright of this design is the sole property of ABN Group VIC and there is no implied licence for its use for any purpose. All drawings are representative and to be used as a guide only.

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81 LORIMER STREET DOCKLANDS, VIC. 3008 PH: (03) 9674 4500 FAX: (03) 9674 4501

HOUSE PORCH GARAGE TOTAL HOUSE

196.37 m² 21.13 Sqs 4.00m² 37.35m² 237.72m² 25.58 Sqs

DESIGN:

CHELSEA 26

DRAWN BY: SCALE:

1:100 DATE: 10/01/13

REVISION NO:


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Boutique Homes - Oslo 29 SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü In-built shelving and drawers in the main walk-in robe ü Caesarstone benchtops ü Kitchen with study nook - perfect for supervising students

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “The perfect

way to indulge without breaking the bank.”

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HE affordable and popular Oslo 29 is the perfect package for first-home buyers. A stylish main bedroom is at the front of the house away from the noise of central living areas. The accompanying ensuite has a luxurious and spacious fitout with Caesarstone benchtops, double shower and vanity. The dream kitchen includes an island bench, resplendent with a breakfast bar for casual mealtimes. After cooking up a storm with your Ilve appliances, declutter the bench space with the endless storage available in the walk-in pantry. Multitasking has never been easier as the adjacent study nook serves as an excellent space for supervised study and internet usage. As a post-study treat, reward your children with a movie in the home theatre or a wind-down bath in the second bathroom. If a home theatre isn’t for you, the space can alternatively be used as a formal lounge, rumpus room or turned into a fifth bedroom. The Oslo 29 is suitable for a 14m-wide block. It is on display at Tulliallan Estate, Cranbourne North. Also on display at Habitat, Tarneit. -TC

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 3 LIVING AREAS, STUDY NOOK, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $249,600 // BOUTIQUEHOMES.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 21


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Boutique Homes – Riviera 32 SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “The perfect

low-key, luxe family home.”

WE LOVE ü Plush main suite with dressing room and floor-to-ceiling windows ü Sliding door access to outdoors from all living areas, laundry and rear bedroom ü Zoned living spaces that balance privacy and openplan design

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TART living the good life straight away with Boutique Homes’ Riviera 32. The 32.29-square home has a luxurious main suite with floor-toceiling windows, a dressing room with large mirrors, and a huge walk-in wardrobe with drawers and storage. The spacious ensuite has a double shower, double vanity with mirrors, and a separate toilet. The home office is tucked away in a side nook, while the theatre is across the hallway and has external access via sliding doors.

A walk down the hall leads into the L-shaped kitchen, dining and living room area. The uber-stylish kitchen is decked out with Ilve appliances, including an integrated microwave and dishwasher, six-element electric cooktop and oven. The island bench has a double sink, while the walk-in pantry provides extra convenience. The cosy living room has an electric fireplace and looks on to the vast al fresco. Just past the dining area is the kids’ retreat, which also has al fresco access via sliding doors. The adjacent sleeping wing is seamlessly connected to the rest of the house with access from the retreat and kitchen and dining areas. The laundry and rear bedroom (with mirrored robes) access the backyard. High ceilings and door heights add space. The other bedrooms have mirrored robes, and are separated by the linen cupboard, powder room and shared bathroom, complete with large mirrors, vanity and tub. The Riviera 32 is suitable for 16m-wide blocks. -MM

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Burbank – Caulfield 249 SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Superb kitchen layout, with everything within reach ü Light-filled informal living, thanks to large windows ü Main bedroom zoned away from kids

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OUNG families can live it up in this stylish, single-storey offering from Burbank. Behind a grand entrance, the Caulfield 249 is a four-bedroom house featuring a designer kitchen, informal living and dining, lounge room, rumpus room and optional pergola beyond the al fresco. The practical kitchen includes quality appliances, walk-in pantry, island bench and integrated dishwasher. Storage is not an issue in this 28.63-square dwelling as there are two linen cupboards. Nor is light, with many of the windows practically stretching from floor to ceiling. The main bedroom suite includes a large walk-in robe and a tidy ensuite with a large shower. Suitable for a 14m x 30m block, the Caulfield 249 is on display at Riverwalk Estate, Werribee. -TC

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Burbank Homes – Malvern 267 WE LOVE

SINGLE STOREY

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flow and enjoy.”

Photos are from the Gen Fyansford Estate, near Geelong

HREE living areas give families room to co-exist in this much-loved single-level home that celebrates the simple things in life. Cleverly designed from front to back, the affordable 28.74-square residence will appeal to families of all ages - from first-time buyers to those downsizing. The front main bedroom suite provides privacy for parents. It is enhanced by a walk-in robe and chic ensuite with twin-basin floating vanity, large shower and separate toilet. Further along the hall is the galley-style laundry, access to the double garage and the first living area. The informal living domain exudes easy living. The vast space is highlighted by the kitchen, which has a walk-in pantry, Electrolux stainless-steel appliances (900mm underbench oven, electric cooktop, rangehood) and island bench with wrap-around table. There is also a large family room that opens to the covered al fresco. Back inside and a passage off the central meals area leads into the sleeping wing. The latter includes three double bedrooms with built-in robes, compact bathroom with separate toilet, walk-in linen press, and a play room with study nook. The standard floorplan of the Malvern 267 is designed for a minimum 14m x 32m lot, with the display built on a 16m x 36m block. It is on display at Merrifield Estate, Mickleham.

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Burbank – Strathmore 268 SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A cleverly

designed, light-filled family home.”

WE LOVE ü Private rear main bedroom suite ü Co-located laundry, bathroom and powder room ü Versatile kitchen and dining area that’s suited for entertaining

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ALANCING functionality and finesse, the single-level Strathmore 268 is designed to please. A sitting room takes pride of place at the front of the home, separating the entrance from the sleeping quarters, which comprise three bedrooms with mirrored wardrobes. To the left is the study nook and walk-in linen press, a large powder room with vanity, and spacious bathroom with rain shower, tub and vanity.

The adjacent laundry has ample storage and sliding doors with external access. The main living area has floor-to-ceiling windows and is next to the gourmet kitchen, equipped with Electrolux appliances (electric cooktop, large oven and built-in dishwasher). To the left is the butler’s pantry with splashback window, sink and microwave. The island bench, which doubles as a breakfast bar, separates the kitchen from the dining area and the al fresco beyond. The plush main bedroom suite is at the back of the home and has direct access to the al fresco via sliding doors. The suite has a large walk-in wardrobe and ensuite with shower and toilet. The family bathroom has a double vanity with storage, tub and double shower, along with a separate toilet. Designed for a 14m x 32m lot, it is displayed at Heartlands Estate, Tarneit. -MM

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Carlisle Homes – Portland 25 (Sierra facade) SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Glamorous tall windows ü Plush carpet warming the bedrooms ü Wine rack in the kitchen for easy and tidy storage

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will feel instantly at home in this innovative practicality.”

PACE is anything but an issue in this luxurious 25.27-square offering from Carlisle Homes. The four-bedroom Portland 25 is a cleverly designed single-storey home. The double-door entry opens to a large hallway, with the spacious main suite on the right. It includes a large walk-in-robe and ensuite with double-basin vanity, shower and a separate toilet. Next is the secluded theatre, which is positioned away from the casual living area. In the casual living space, the kitchen oversees a sizeable, light-filled meals and family room, and beyond into the expansive al fresco that features a luxurious fireplace for year-round entertainment. The well-equipped kitchen is enhanced by an island bench, which features an L-shaped bench next to the window. The isolated kids zone at the rear of the house includes three roomy bedrooms, a family bathroom and a study nook. All three secondary bedrooms have built-in-robes. The Portland 25 is suitable for a 14m-wide block. It is on display at Cloverton Estate, Kalkallo. -TC

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Cheviot Homes – Capeview 257 SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü U-shaped al fresco accessed from dining room and theatre ü Study nook between bedrooms and kitchen/ living ü Vaulted ceiling

A URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A clever

layout with subtle touches help create an exceptional family home.”

FAMILY home with a twist, the 27.73-square Capeview 257 has an interesting take on zoned living with designer chic. To the left of the entry is the main bedroom with a fitted walk-in robe and ensuite featuring a double vanity, rain shower and separate toilet. The walkway passes the linen press and laundry before entering the informal living zone. The U-shaped kitchen has a walkin pantry, Technika appliances (fiveburner gas cooktop, canopy rangehood, 900mm underbench oven), side bench with integrated dishwasher and double sink, garden splashback window and breakfast bar. The vaulted ceiling adds a feeling of space in the dining and living rooms, which open to the U-shaped al fresco. The passage to the bedrooms integrates a study nook with desk and shelving. The far end of the home has a theatre, also with al fresco access. To the right are the sleeping quarters, which include three bedrooms with builtin robes, and a shared bathroom with vanity, tub, shower and a separate toilet. -MM

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Cheviot Homes – Winston 220 SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Hexagonal black tiles in ensuite ü Hidden and practical laundry behind the kitchen ü Indoor/outdoor living

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A sizeable

home for small families at an affordable price.”

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MALL on price but big on appeal, the Winston 220 is a practical three-bedroom home with all the features you need. The entry hall passes a study and the front main bedroom suite on its way into the integrated informal living space. With easy access to the al fresco, the kitchen, lounge and dining domain provides a space in which to entertain outdoors and indoors. The L-shaped kitchen with island bench has the bonus of access from the double garage, allowing an easy stroll for carrying shopping bags. The laundry with large cupboards helps to create an organised household. The second bathroom and children’s area is at the back of the house, allowing adults to escape to the main suite or quiet study. The style main suite with dark interiors has an ensuite equipped with double vanity, shower and toilet. Its black hexagonal tiles complement the dark interior of the bedroom. The Winston 220 is suitable for a 12.5m-wide block and is displayed at Berwick Waters Estate, Clyde North. -TC

3 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 1 LIVING AREA, STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: $195,283 // CHEVIOTHOMES.COM.AU 28 // URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


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Dean Homes - Flemington 29 WE LOVE

SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “The warmth

and smart design of this award-wining home radiates from front to back.”

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $260,000

ü Servery window off feature-packed kitchen ü Home theatre ü View from every room

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T’S the small touches in the smart design of Dean Homes’ Flemington 29 that makes such a big impression with buyers. Details such as a view from every room, a second hanging rail in the built-in robes or the shoe plinth in the walk-in robe - all of which exemplify the quality package on show. It’s immediately apparent upon entering via the two-way fireplace and wall cutout at the end of the hall, and continues throughout. The front main bedroom suite includes a fitted walk-in robe and chic ensuite with freestanding bath, picture window, oversized shower, floating twin-basin vanity and separate toilet. The large yet intimate living/ dining zone makes the most of the north-facing aspect with easy access to the side decks, and a dedicated theatre room with sliding doors to the right. The feature-packed kitchen is highlighted by its servery window (to al fresco) but also has custom cabinetry, tiled splashbacks, Omega appliances (twin wall ovens, five-burner gas cooktop with separate wok burner, canopy rangehood and dishwasher), island bench and butler’s pantry. A passage behind the kitchen accesses the large laundry, separate toilet, three bedrooms with built-in robes and sleek bathroom featuring a corner shower, single vanity and bath. The Flemington 29 is suitable for a 16m x 32m block (also available in a 15m option) and is on display at Merrifield. -RM

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Dennis Family Homes - Eden 293 Tempo WE LOVE ü Front lounge and study for privacy

SINGLE STOREY

ü Excellent kitchen with chic butler’s pantry ü Separation of living areas

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SCAPE for a little ‘me time’ or engage in some quality time with the family – the versatility of the Eden 293 is hard to beat. Cleverly characterised by a front living space for parents that is complemented by a study for quiet contemplation, the single-level dwelling has the three secondary bedrooms at the rear. The thoughtful design also separates the three living areas so all family members have a space to enjoy. Opposite the garage access in the central hall, the main bedroom suite is sure to impress. Highlighted by his-and-hers fitted walk-in robes, the suite also includes an ensuite featuring a double vanity with raised basins, toilet and large shower. A games room gives the kids a chill zone, while the vast informal living domain opens to an al fresco. The kitchen will impress, with its island bench complemented by the butler’s pantry with picture window, Technika stainless-steel appliances (900mm underbench oven, five-burner gas cooktop, canopy rangehood, dishwasher and integrated microwave), double fridge space and tiled splashback. A passage to the left accesses a walk-in linen press, three bedrooms with built-in robes, toilet and light-filled bathroom with corner shower, bath and single vanity. The Eden 293 Tempo is suitable for a 14m-wide block. It is on display at Acacia Estate, Botanic Ridge.

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Dennis Family Homes – Elmhurst 282 WE LOVE

SINGLE STOREY

ü Dual al fresco areas ü Stylish kitchen ü Rear main suite with al fresco

E URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Simple but

extremely effective, this uncomplicated family home will impress.”

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NTERTAIN in style in this versatile single-storey gem that redefines comfort. Perfect for a young family, the 28.74-square dwelling makes a big impression with its separate living areas and twin al fresco areas. To the left of the entry is the lounge room, which has a series of awning windows beside its main picture window. The entry hall leads past the internal access from the double garage and laundry, and into the light-filled informal living domain with pitched roof. The kitchen will impress, with its walk-in pantry, garden splashback window, space for a double fridge and Technika Bellissimo stainless-steel appliances (900mm freestanding oven with five-burner gas cooktop, canopy rangehood and dishwasher). The island bench doubles as a breakfast bar. The central meals area opens on one side to the side al fresco and on the other to the accommodation wing. Beyond it is the oversized family room and the rear al fresco. Wall voids provide an insight to the sleeping wing. It includes three double bedrooms with built-in robes, kids’ rumpus room, compact bathroom with separate toilet, double linen press and the main bedroom suite. Entered through double doors, the suite includes a walk-in robe, chic ensuite with twin-basin floating vanity, large shower and separate toilet, and sliding door access to the rear al fresco. -RM

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Dennis Family Homes – Heathcote 313 Boardwalk WE LOVE

SINGLE STOREY

ü Living zone with chic entertainment unit

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Functional,

ü Two-way bathroom and powder room

stylish and an allround accomplished family home.”

ü Rear main suite with adjoining study

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RIVACY and versatility are hallmarks of this Dennis Family Homes offering that allows families to entertain in style. Providing the kids room to move at the front and the main suite and family living at the back, the single-level Heathcote 313 is designed to please. The sleeping wing to the right of the central hall includes three bedrooms with compact walk-in robes, a walk-in linen press, powder room and two-way bathroom that provides ensuite access to the second/guest bedroom. The hall continues past the theatre or lounge room, and beyond into the rear living domain. The entertainment unit takes pride of place in the family room, while the meals area opens to the al fresco. The island bench/breakfast bar is the centrepiece of the kitchen, which includes Technika stainless-steel appliances (freestanding 900mm oven, five-burner gas cooktop, fixed rangehood, dishwasher and integrated microwave), mosaic-tiled splashback and butler’s pantry. The laundry is neatly placed nearby. To one side of the kitchen is the study, which would serve parents and kids equally well. It is next to the main suite, which overlooks the decked al fresco. A fitted walk-in robe is behind the bed, while the ensuite has a large shower with wall niche, twin-basin vanity and separate toilet. The Heathcote 313 is suitable for a 16m-wide block. It is on display at Acacia Estate, Botanic Ridge.

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Eight Homes – Alto 2-22 SINGLE STOREY

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O with the flow in style in this spacious entry-level home from Eight Homes. Also appealing as an investment, the Alto 2-22 is a well-designed single-storey home with much to offer. The main bedroom is at the front of the house, providing a harmonious retreat for parents. The walk-in robe accesses the ensuite, which includes a single vanity, shower and toilet. Continuing through the house, the separate theatre room creates a sense of luxury. To suit family needs, it could be converted into a study or another bedroom. The open-plan living space exemplifies the free-flowing design.

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The kitchen is fitted with a large Omega oven, dishwasher and canopy rangehood. It also has an island bench that functions as a breakfast bar. The large living area has access to the tiled al fresco, which is an optional feature. Away from the living space and bedrooms is the isolated laundry, which includes a large linen cupboard and external access. This limits any noise from the washer and dryer. The two rear bedrooms with built-in robes share a spacious bathroom with a bathtub. With plenty of storage space, this home is ideal for growing families. The Alto 2-22 is suitable for a 12.5m x 28m block. It is open for inspection at Wyndham Vale’s Jubilee Estate (Brookside Drive) from noon to 5pm on Monday to Wednesday and 11am to 5pm on weekends. It is also on display at Kalkallo. -JH

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Eight Homes - Coby 2-23 WE LOVE ü Affordability ü Separated living areas ü Tiered home theatre

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HAT you get is what you see – well almost – with this value-packed offering from Eight Homes. The single-level Coby 2-23 (formerly S-Three.1) will appeal to budget-conscious buyers and even those considering downsizing. Proof that simplicity can work wonders, the affordable 24.08-square house delivers a big bang for your buck. The front main bedroom has an open walk-in robe and neat ensuite featuring a toilet, single vanity and corner shower. Next along the hall is the compact laundry and garage access. Beyond that is the charming living domain, with a family room that opens to the al fresco. The kitchen will appeal to budding cooks, with its island bench/breakfast bar complementing the Omega stainless-steel appliances (900mm freestanding oven with five-burner gas cooktop, canopy rangehood and dishwasher). A passage to the rear accesses the two secondary bedrooms with built-in robes (bed 2 has a walk-in robe) and a rear bathroom with corner shower, toilet, single vanity and bath. The desk area in the second bedroom could be converted to a walk-in pantry. There is also a tiered home theatre, which could be used as a second living area. -RM

SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Practical,

sensible and affordable – what more could firsttime buyers want or need?”

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $176,900 // 8HOMES.COM.AU 34 // URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


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Eight Homes – Senza 4-28 SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Front main and study for privacy ü Unexpected kids retreat among bedrooms ü Successful integration of a family room and informal living without need for dividing walls

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “The feeling

of luxury and space abounds in this feature-packed delight.”

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ORK, rest and play in complete comfort in this feature-packed, single-level dwelling. Formerly known as the s-Seven.1, the Senza 4-28 is 28.41 squares of smart design. The positioning of the study next to the main bedroom suite at the front provides parents with much-needed peace and quiet when it’s needed. And the kids will be equally impressed by the retreat that complements the three bedrooms and bathroom in that zone. Then factor in the lounge room and family room in the informal living zone, and it’s easy to see why it has been one of Eight Homes’ most enduring designs. The appeal starts at the front, where the main bedroom wall deviates from its expected course and creates a visual stimulus between its triptych of slimline windows with whitewashed timber venetians. The suite also features walk-in robes and the ensuite with black tapware, corner shower, toilet and vanity with cantilevered twin basins. The shelving in the study adds to the storage options, which include a large linen press and entertainment units. The central hub of the home is the L-shaped family room, meals area, kitchen and living room. The beauty of the space is that it’s easily linked in the open-plan design yet cleverly separated. The kitchen exemplifies the simplicity, with its island bench gelling sympathetically with its mosaic-tiled splashback, 900mm Omega appliances (underbench oven, canopy rangehood, five-burner gas cooktop, dishwasher and integrated microwave) and pantry. There is also a galley-style laundry that allows access from the double garage. The Senza 4-28 is suitable for a 14m-wide block. It is on display at Mernda and Rockbank. -RM

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 3 LIVING AREAS, STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $191,900 // 8HOMES.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 35


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Fairhaven Homes – Riverview 266 SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Whichever

way you look at it, the versatility of this affordable home takes some beating.”

WE LOVE ü Clever walk-in pantry that leads into laundry ü Large retreat to service kids bedrooms ü Front main bedroom suite

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ESIGNED to please with its multiple configurations, Fairhaven Homes’ Riverview 266 will excel in the many life stages of a family. With the option of several threebedroom layouts or swapping the rumpus room with a lounge room, this 26.96-square residence from the Bridgewater Range will have no shortage of admirers. Perfect for first-time buyers, it has a main bedroom suite at the front, with the other three bedrooms smartly separated from the living area at the rear. The former incorporates a fitted walk-in robe with shelving and hanging space, and the appealing ensuite has twin-basin vanity, corner shower and separate toilet. A door on the opposite side of the hall accesses the double garage. The hall continues into the informal

living domain, which includes the L-shaped kitchen with island bench and a walk-in pantry that is next to the laundry. Enhanced by the tiled splashback and black door furnishings, it also features Technika stainless-steel appliances (900mm oven, five-burner gas cooktop, canopy rangehood, dishwasher and integrated microwave) and a sink below the picture window. A passage off the family room leads into the kids retreat, which complements the three bedrooms with built-in robes that are serviced by the toilet and shared bathroom with bath, corner shower and single vanity. There is also an al fresco for easy entertaining. The Riverview 266 is best suited to a 14m-wide block and is on display at Jubilee Estate. -RM

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $213,000 // FAIRHAVENHOMES.COM.AU 36 // URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


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Geelong Homes – Flinders 221 SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Young

families wanting the best start in life should definitely look at this.”

WE LOVE ü Separate kids sleeping wing ü Clever study ü Excellent value

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IRST-time buyers can upsize their expectations with this well-proportioned offering from Geelong Homes. The 23.7-square Flinders 221 is big on size and appeal from its main suite at the front to the al fresco at the rear. The main bedroom includes a pendant light for reading in the corner. There is also a walk-in robe and chic ensuite with double shower, single vanity, toilet and black fittings. The central hall passes the linen press, which is opposite the carpeted lounge room, and beyond into the informal living area and the al fresco. Resplendent with a walk-in pantry to the left, the kitchen is equipped with Westinghouse appliances (freestanding 900mmm oven with five-burner gas

cooktop, canopy rangehood and dishwasher), soft-closing drawers and black tapware. To one side is the open study, with its vertical screen cleverly permitting privacy and interaction. It is next to a separate toilet, bedroom with mirrored robes, central laundry with linen press, and bathroom featuring a corner shower, black fittings and single vanity with raised basin. The remaining two bedrooms have built-in robes, with the larger rear bedroom having triple robes. The Flinders 221 is suitable for a 14m x 28m block. It is on display at Warralily Coast. The price includes a professional colour consultation, quality carpet and underlay and Colorbond roof. -RM

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, STUDY NOOK, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $187,000 // GEELONGHOMES.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 37


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Granvue Homes – Imperial 27 SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Dual living areas to access the al fresco ü Quality kitchen with walk-in pantry ü Sleeping wing/rumpus combination

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URBAN LIFE SAYS: “The Imperial

will attract those who appreciate space and comfort in their everyday living.”

OOM to move makes the Imperial 27 stand out from the crowd, inside and out. Highlighted by its vast living hub that exemplifies the best of indooroutdoor living, this 27-square Granvue Homes dwelling will impress. The wide hall provides easy access to the front main bedroom suite. Enhanced by plantation shutters, the suite has an open walk-in robe that access the ensuite. The latter has a Crystal shower, twin-basin vanity and toilet. Further along the hall is access to the double garage. Beyond this is the vast living domain and beyond to the rumpus room and twin al fresco areas for entertaining. The kitchen will have wide appeal, with its walk-in pantry and quality Ilve stainless-steel appliances (900mm oven, five-burner gas cooktop and canopy rangehood). A doorway next to the kitchen leads into the sleeping wing. It includes three bedrooms with built-in robes, toilet, laundry with broom cupboard, and shared bathroom with bath, single vanity and corner shower. The Imperial 27 is best suited to a 14m-wide block and is on display at Jubilee Estate. -RM

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $228,900 // GRANVUEHOMES.COM.AU 38 // URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


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Hamilton Property Group - Exmouth WE LOVE

SINGLE STOREY

ü Clever design dividing living area from sleeping wing ü Wall of robes in each bedroom ü Extra-long island bench in kitchen

F URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Whether

you’re starting out, bringing up a family or caring for in-laws, this will cater for your needs.”

AMILIES can divide their team between rest and relaxation in this neat offering from Hamilton Property Group (Snowdon Homes). The single-level dwelling of 28.5 squares has a versatile floorplan to suit families at various stages of their life. The covered entry and hall accesses the main bedroom suite to the right and the double garage further along to the left. The main includes a walk-in robe and rear ensuite with his-and-hers vanities, shower and separate toilet. A small passage to the right leads to a second bedroom with a wall of wardrobes. It also has scope to be used as a living space for extended family. The hall continues past the study and lounge into the informal living domain. Highlighted by the neat kitchen with its extra-long island bench, the space - that is heated and cooled by a York reverse-cycle airconditioner opens through stackable doors to the al fresco. The kitchen is equipped with a 600mm stainless-steel Chef underbench oven, four-burner gas cooktop, pull-out rangehood, Dishlex dishwasher, tiled splashback and walk-in pantry. Doorways on either side of the kitchen lead into a sleeping wing with bedrooms at both ends. Both bedrooms also have a wall of wardrobes for additional storage. They are serviced by a central toilet, bathroom with single vanity, corner shower and large bath, and large laundry. The Exmouth is suitable for a 14m block. It is on display at Jubilee Estate, Werribee.

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $269,500 // HAMILTONPROPERTYGROUP.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 39


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Hamlan Homes – Carisbrook 240 SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “The breezy

outlook and contemporary design make the Carisbrook 240 the epitome of cool.”

WE LOVE ü Gourmet kitchen with heating rack for plates and industrial-size sink ü Cutting-edge design via architectural windows and raked roof ü Excellent storage

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ALM Springs meets Bondi in this beach retreat by Hamlan Homes. With its funky geometric roof, and ample wood and light, this affordable 27-square abode effortlessly fuses ocean chic and chill vibes. The polished concrete floor adds a sleek edge to the design, while the many highlight windows maintain warmth throughout. The wall of storage in the entry hall uses the space wisely. All three secondary bedrooms have mirrored robes, with the two front bedrooms enhanced by architectural windows and raked roofs. The linen press that sits across from the lounge room can be converted into a study area, while the adjoining ‘wet zone’ covers the bathroom and laundry areas. The shared bathroom

has a shower, tub, single vanity and separate toilet, while the laundry has wall-mounted storage cubes and external access. Another sliding door in the hall separates the front and back of the house, and leads into the living room with a corner study nook. There is access to the walk-in pantry and kitchen from two sides of the home for added convenience. The polished kitchen is equipped with a four-burner gas cooktop, rangehood, double oven with heating drawer, integrated dishwasher in the breakfast bar, and a pullout tap over the industrial sink. The dining area is to the front, and has views and sliding door access to the L-shaped deck and al fresco. The main bedroom suite is at the rear. Its walk-through robe has wooden shelves and drawers, a plinth for shoe storage and a full-height mirror. The ensuite has a double shower (including rain shower), toilet, double vanity with mirrored wall cabinet and towel rail. If you’re after a cleverly planned, chic home at an affordable price tag, the Carisbrook 240 is up there as one of the best. It is suitable for a 14m x 28m lot and is on display at Warralily Estate, Armstrong Creek. -MM

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, STUDY NOOK, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $230,000 // HAMLAN.COM.AU 40 // URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


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Henley – Carmelle 28 (Pascoe facade) CARMELLE 28 MASTER PLAN 4350

SINGLE STOREY

Ground Floor House Area Garage Area Porch Area Alfresco Area Total Floor Area

209.2 m² 36.5 m² 4.4 m² 13.5 m² 28.37 SQ /263.6 m²

ROBE

BED 3

3150 x 3200

BED 4

THEATRE

3000 x 3300

3830 x 5300

BATH

P'DR

W.I.R

LEISURE 3150 x 3000

ALFRESCO 2760 x 4690

LIVING

4700 x 6320

BED 2

LINEN

ROBE

25360mm

3330 x 3000

L'DRY w/m

DINING

3430 x 4320

DRESSING

KITCHEN

W.C

GARAGE

ENS BUTLER'S PANTRY

ENTRY

MASTER SUITE 3290 x 4850

DRESSING 2

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Let the games

begin in this single-level treat.”

PORCH

12800mm

WE LOVE ü Twin walk-in robes for the fashionista

But it’s the central living hub that makes the Carmelle 28 tick. The L-shaped domain incorporates the kitchen, dining room and living area – all of which open to the al fresco through stackable doors. There is also a home theatre to the right. The kitchen includes an island bench, glass splashback, Smeg appliances (900mm underbench oven, five-burner gas cooktop and integrated dishwasher) and a butler’s pantry. A small passage behind the kitchen leads into the galley laundry with linen press. Another from the living room leads into the sleeping wing. Enhanced by a central leisure area that could double as a kids study area, it complements three bedrooms with built-in robes (one has walk-in robe), powder room and bathroom with corner shower, bath and single vanity. The Carmelle 28 is suitable for a 14m x 32m block. -RM

House dimensions relate to the Broadway facade and will increase or decrease depending on facade chosen. All measurements in millimeters unless otherwise sta

ü Clever division of sleeping wing ü All-inclusive hub of three separate living areas

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IVIDE your time between work, rest and play in the versatile spaces of this single-level gem from Henley. Designed around the central family living domain, the 28.37-square residence has four living areas that provide a space for every family member. A central entry hall provides immediate access to the main bedroom suite. Highlighted by walk-in robes/ dressing rooms on either side of the ensuite, the latter includes a large shower, separate toilet and twin-basin vanity flanked by vertical windows.

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 4 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $237,900 // HENLEY.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 41


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Home Builders Unlimited – Alexandra 27 SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “An ideal

option for working families.”

WE LOVE ü Convenient link for parents between lounge and main bedroom ü Raked ceiling ü Study nook outside potential guest bedroom

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RIGHTEN up your life with this affordable single-level abode. The front lounge room of the 27.25-square residence is filled with natural light through its picture window and side highlight window. Double doors access the main bedroom suite, which includes a fitted walk-in robe and a sliding door into the ensuite. The latter features an oversized shower with wall niche, toilet and double vanity with raised basins. The second bedroom, which has built-

in robes with double hanging space, could be utilised as a guest room. A study nook to the left of the hall is serviced by a powder room. At the rear is a stone-topped kitchen, which incorporates a 900mm underbench oven, five-burner gas cooktop and fixed rangehood, island bench with recessed sink and dishwasher, and a small walk-in pantry to the left. The kitchen overlooks the meals area (with raked ceiling) and al fresco to the left, and the family room to the right. A passage to the right of the meals area accesses two bedrooms with mirrored robes, toilet, laundry with wall of storage, and shared bathroom with freestanding bath, single vanity and shower with wall niche. The Alexandra 27 is displayed at Clydevale Estate, Clyde North. -RM

4 BEDROOMS, 2.5 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $258,000 // HBU.COM.AU 42 // URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


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Homebuyers Centre – Grove 22 SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Simple but effective layout ü Kids bedrooms separated by bathroom ü Family living domain at rear

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “An excellent

start to home ownership without the need to break the bank.”

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UDGET buyers can start in style with this compact gem that is big on appeal. Perfect for couples or those downsizing, the 22.2-square dwelling ticks all the boxes for simplicity, such as the front main bedroom suite, separate wing of two kids bedrooms and a bathroom, versatile home theatre or utility room, and the light-filled rear living domain. The central entry provides access to the main bedroom suite to the left, and the double garage on the right. Highlighted by large awning windows at the front and vertical windows on either side of the bedhead, the comfortable main bedroom incorporates a walk-through robe (his and her robes) and an ensuite featuring a twin-basin vanity, separate toilet and a Crystal shower. The hall continues further to the home theatre, which could easily be used as a games room due to its position opposite the two kids bedrooms, each with mirrored robes. The bedrooms are divided by the separate toilet and also by a tidy bathroom with shower, single-basin vanity and bath. Also off the hall is a linen press and broom cupboard, next to the laundry. Last, but not least, is the surprisingly spacious rear living domain. The kitchen will impress, with its Caesarstone-topped island bench illuminated by feature lights, Westinghouse stainless-steel appliances (underbench oven, gas cooktop and canopy rangehood), double-bowl sink, tiled splashback and small walk-in pantry to the side. A sliding door off the dining area accesses the side deck, and another sliding door near the living area allows entry to the backyard. Ducted heating, flyscreens on all sliding windows and doors, vertical or roller blinds and 2.4m ceilings are other standard inclusions. Suitable for a 12.5m x 24m block, the Grove 22 is excellent value for money.

3 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $190,000 // HOMEBUYERS.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 43


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Homebuyers Centre – Lawson 25 WE LOVE ü Top-notch kitchen with quality appliances ü Sliding door access to the outdoors from various points in home for ease of entertaining and plenty of light ü E-zone/study nook stylishly separated by plantation shutters

SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “The

‘Goldilocks’ home – not too big or small, but just right for the growing family.”

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T’S the small touches and the attention to detail that make a big difference in the Lawson 25. The 24.80-square residence starts in style with the main suite to the left of the entry. Featuring timber windows amid a luxe facade, the suite includes a walk-in robe and ensuite with double shower, vanity and separate toilet. At the end of the entry hall is a landing with the laundry to one side, and a cosy theatre on the other. The hall continues into the informal family zone, where the dining and living rooms access the deck and al fresco respectively, via sliding doors. The kitchen will impress with its island bench and breakfast bar, Westinghouse appliances (dishwasher, microwave, fiveburner gas cooktop, canopy rangehood and extra-large oven) and walk-in pantry. The kitchen is separated from the e-zone or study nook via plantation shutters that screen the sleeping quarters. Two bedrooms (both with mirrored robes) open to the backyard via sliding doors, and there is a larger third bedroom. All share the bathroom featuring a shower, tub, vanity and separate toilet. Best suited to a 14m x 28m block, the Lawson 25 is on display at Arcadia Estate, Officer.

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, STUDY NOOK, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $212,800 // HOMEBUYERS.COM.AU 44 // URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


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Homebuyers Centre – Regent 22 SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Private main suite ü Study/entertainment nook ü Versatile living domain

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URBAN LIFE SAYS: “First-home

buyers will be amazed at how easy it is to achieve luxury with this charmer.”

HE good life can be yours (and your family’s) with the easyliving design of this compact Homebuyers Centre residence. Cleverly arranged for relaxing, unwinding and enjoying the many features of this neat dwelling, the Regent 22 is characterised by a central family living domain that separates the children’s wing from the front main bedroom suite. With the option of replacing one of the four bedrooms with an additional living space, the central entry hall has the garage access to one side and a linen press and the main suite on the other. The suite features a walk-through robe with clothes storage on either side. It leads into the ensuite, which includes a separate toilet, corner shower and single vanity with inset basin. The hall enters the central living zone, which integrates the well-equipped kitchen (with island bench and walk-in pantry), family room, dining area and beyond into the al fresco. A passage to one side of the kitchen accesses the three remaining bedrooms with built-in robes, laundry, toilet and bathroom. All the finer details are considered in this home, such as nylon mesh flyscreens on all sliding windows and doors, walk-in robes with melamine shelves and hanging rails, draught-proof weather seals to all external doors, and roof-mounted ducted heating. Suitable for a 12.5m x 28m block, the Regent 22 is on display at Cloverton Estate, Kalkallo. It is also at Botanic Ridge and Mount Duneed.

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $200,700 // HOMEBUYERSCENTRE.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 45


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Homebuyers Centre – Vibe 25 WE LOVE

SINGLE STOREY

ü Versatile family living hub ü Year-round entertaining in al fresco ü Separation of kids’ rooms from parents

P URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Affordable

luxury in a stylish package.”

RIVACY and comfort blend harmoniously in the functional layout of the Homebuyers Centre’s Vibe 25. With the design option of flipping the front and rear, the single-level residence of about 25 squares provides options equally for first-time buyers and those downsizing. Immediately to the left of the entry is the main bedroom suite. Highlighted by a walk-in robe and ensuite with double shower, separate toilet and double vanity with raised basins, the suite is positioned well away from the other bedrooms. A door at the end of the hall accesses the double garage and is close to the home theatre or formal lounge. Beyond is the L-shaped kitchen, dining and family living domain that opens on two sides to the al fresco. Enhanced by a walk-in pantry, the kitchen is equipped with Westinghouse stainless-steel appliances (900mm underbench oven, five-burner gas cooktop, canopy rangehood, integrated microwave and dishwasher), pot drawers and space for a double fridge. Stacked doors open to a decked entertainment area with inbuilt Rinnai barbecue. Behind the kitchen is a sleeping wing of three bedrooms with mirrored robes, light-filled laundry, toilet and shared bathroom with corner shower, bath and single vanity. The Vibe 25 is featured at Harpley Estate, Werribee and also at Mickleham and Officer. It also has a three-bedroom option.

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $207,700 // HOMEBUYERS.COM.AU 46 // URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


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Hotondo Homes – Erskine 290 WE LOVE

SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “The epitome

of stylish beach house living for the entire family.”

ü Vaulted roof, celestial windows, skylights and picture windows with seats ü Chic main suite with funky tiles ü Freestanding tub with niche in shared bathroom

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Photos: HOTONDO HOMES

AIDBACK luxe with a versatile design, exceptional entertaining areas and subtle finishing touches are hallmarks of this appealing home. Highlighted by celestial windows, a vaulted ceiling and skylights in the living, dining and kitchen zone, the 31.23-square Erskine 290 is among Hotondo Homes’ most popular homes. The main bedroom exudes an ocean vibe with French windows, whitewashed timber walls, two fitted walk-in robes and an ensuite featuring patterned tiling, an oversized shower with extended niche, double vanity and separate toilet. The theatre has double sliding doors for added privacy and is across from the powder room and second linen press. The three minor bedrooms have mirrored robes, while the skylit bathroom has an extended niche next to the freestanding tub, vanity and shower. Two picture windows with seats flank the fireplace in the living room, and look out to the vertical garden. The adjoining dining space has full-width sliding doors that open to the al fresco, also with a raked roof, skylights and ceiling fan. A full-length picture window catches the eye in the kitchen, which has Blanco appliances, breakfast bar and butler’s pantry with picture windows and open shelving. A new version of the Erskine 290 is on display at Berwick Waters, Clyde North. -MM

4 BEDROOMS, 2.5 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM: $360,000 // HOTONDO.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 47


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Hotondo Homes – Marcoola 245 (Bellarine facade) SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Chic ensuite ü Clear division between living and sleeping quarters ü Kitchen-laundry integration Photos: HOTONDO HOMES

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PEN the front door and start living it up in this much-loved family favourite. Designed for easy entertaining, the informal living domain and al fresco of the 26.37-square residence is visible from the entry. A rear rumpus room for the kids is an unexpected bonus. The division of parents and kids’ bedrooms is another highlight. The front main suite has a walk-in robe to the side and the ensuite behind the bed. The latter includes a single vanity, walk-in shower with frameless glass screen and wall niche, and separate toilet. The kitchen, which is equipped with Omega appliances (freestanding 900mm oven with five-burner gas cooktop, canopy rangehood and dishwasher), stone benchtops and island bench/breakfast bar, cleverly links with the laundry via its walk-through butler’s pantry. A passage to right accesses a study nook, two bedrooms with builtin robes and rumpus, and another walkway leads to the bathroom, toilet and guest or fourth bedroom with built-in robes. The Marcoola 245 is suitable for a 14m x 30m block. It is displayed at Armstrong Estate, Mt Duneed. -RM

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Families

will appreciate the privacy and practicality.”

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $267,000 ($298,000 AS DISPLAYED) // HOTONDO.COM.AU 48 // URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


O B J E CITNSS IODFE DR E S I R E

Mellow yellow By Nicole Bittar

The colour of sunshine in its hue of warm promise speaks of spring with zing. This golden collection of designer lighting to dazzle the senses, ruched sofa and lounge, and armchairs to soothe winter-frazzled nerves, wall hooks to hang lightweight coats upon and rugs to run your toes through, says “hello” to the mellowest of yellow. There’s even a decorative bunny in moulded resin and gloss lacquer to shine upon this glowing tribute to all stylish things spring.

1. Ligne Roset Ruche Settee RRP: from $8425 DOMO www.domo.com.au 2. Ligne Roset Pan Pan Decorative Rabbit Designed by: B. Kuehne-Thompson. RRP: $95 DOMO domo.com.au 3. LZF Spiro Suspension Light RRP: from $4408 KE-ZU 1300 724 174 kezu.com.au 4. Herman Miller Brabo Lounge Chair RRP: from $5500 Living Edge 1300 132 154 livingedge.com.au 5. HC28 Emma Armchair  RRP: from $1650 DOMO domo.com.au 6. Danskina Merger Rug RRP (for a 200 x 300cm rug): $3870 Kvadrat Maharam kvadratmaharam.com 7. Muuto The Dots Coat Hook RRP: Large $50; medium $45; small $35 Living Edge 1300 132 154 livingedge.com.au

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WINNERS

Ashleigh Stoner with her partner Luke and his parents Sally and Bernard sample the delights of the Regent 22 at Cloverton Estate

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Try this for

size

Ever wished you could live the display home experience? One young couple won a night in to remember

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NIGHT of hotel-style luxury is how Ashleigh Stoner fondly recalls her unique experience of staying in a display home. The 23-year-old student teacher and her partner Luke, together with Luke’s parents Sally and Bernard, spent a night in the Regent 22 display home at Cloverton Estate in Melbourne’s north after winning a Homebuyers Centre competition. The couple recently bought a block at Doreen but are yet to decide on which builder will construct their dream home. But in the ultimate ‘try before you buy’ experience, the foursome enjoyed everything the furnished 22-square house had to offer – including being treated to a three-course meal prepared by renowned Instagram chef, Melanie Lionello of Naturally Nutritious. And after an early night, they rose to be spoiled again with a hearty breakfast. Ashleigh said the lavish experience was truly a night to remember but it also had its practical benefits. “I was really interested about the layout and how things would work for us (if we were living there),” Ashleigh said. “It made me realise how well the space in the kitchen worked and how functionality is so important. Even

things as simple as having your own walk-in robe and being able to reach objects in there, or testing the bath for size and comfort, were insightful. “Having a family in there helped us get a feel for what it would be like to live there, and what size would be perfect for us. And the experience did confirm that I would like a bigger butler’s pantry and a second living area, such as a home theatre. “The other thing was I hadn’t considered Homebuyers Centre (as a builder) beforehand, but I was pleasantly surprised by how luxurious the home was.” Upon reflection, Ashleigh said she would advise all prospective buyers to rethink their display home visits and spend at least 20 minutes in each home. “I’ve learned to spend more time in a display home to consider what is possible and then pretend to carry out everyday activities to see if it will work for you. It has even made me consider where your couch will fit in or what an area will look like with a pendant light.” The #HBNB competition was designed by Homebuyers Centre to help remove the uncertainty from entering the property market.

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Image: DENNIS FAMILY HOMES


DESIGN

TAKE YOUR

Pick

Enlist some expert knowledge to choose the paint colours, decor and style for your new home

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O MATTER how many magazines you’ve drooled over for hours on end, nothing quite replaces the ‘touch and feel’ experience. And that’s without accounting for the photos you’ve stored on Pinterest boards and notes you may have assembled. Considering that most new-home buyers are confronted with about 100 styling decisions that will affect the overall look of their home, it makes sense to see your choices in person, as well as having an expert helping hand. These selections include the facade (bricks or Hebel, roof tiles or Colorbond, render, tiles or stone), garage door, liveability (insulation, soundproofing, ventilation, solar panels), floors (tiles, timber, laminate, carpet), internal decor (walls, doors, trims – architraves, cornices, skirting boards), electrical and lighting, bathrooms (basins, tapware, bath), kitchen and laundry (benchtops, cabinets, handles, splashback), wardrobes and window furnishings. And that’s only the beginning! For this reason most builders have a design or display centre for selecting colour, decor and products. If possible, it’s recommended that clients come to the centre at least twice before their official appointments. If you are the indecisive type, bring along your partner or an interested friend to help steer you in the right direction. Most builders have interior specialists and also have specialist firms and suppliers on hand for quality advice. Selections for single-storey homes typically require one day, while consultations for a double-storey design take two days. Within that, appointments are made for each section of the home

(i.e. a two-hour slot for kitchen consultation, one hour for lighting, etc). Given the long time periods involved, it’s best to arrange for someone to mind your children so the focus can be on the task at hand. But if you’re only popping in briefly, there are usually designated play areas for kids. In most cases of selection, it’s a matter of keeping things simple. The No.1 consideration throughout the process should be sticking to your budget, as it can be easy to get caught up in the emotion of bringing your dream to reality. American builder Shea Homes says buyers should rank the importance of rooms (kitchen, living room, bedroom, dining room, bathrooms or others) and factor in their lifestyle (have kids or pets, love cooking etc) when prioritising decisions. The firm’s design counsellor Jaclyn Burrage said knowing what to prioritise can make the experience easier, as it often leads to a domino effect of decisions being made. “Some people may think to themselves. ‘I spend a lot of time cooking, so I definitely want a killer kitchen that has high-end appliances and countertops,” she said. Thankfully, technology is our friend and many builders have online tools to help you with selections. Beforehand, determine the standard inclusions and potential upgrades with your sales consultant. If possible, think ahead to five or 10 years down the track and set up the wiring for networking or home automation now, even if the budget doesn’t allow for your grand plans to be implemented right away. The choice is yours, and the possibilities are endless. Good luck!

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JG King – Byron ROBE

SINGLE STOREY

OPTIONAL ALFRESCO BED 4

BED 3

ROBE

WC

WIL

BATH

FAMILY

ROBE

BED 2 NOOK MEALS

LIVING

KITCHEN BROOM COATS

WIP

LAUNDRY

WIR

URBANLIFE SAYS: “A smart

amalgam of space, luxury and practicality.”

WE LOVE ü Home theatre ü Smart separation of bedrooms and living areas ü Large room proportions

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IGGER is definitely better – in this case - for families with the generous proportions of this JG King house. Part of the Alpha Collection, the Byron is 28.5 squares of easy living. The front main bedroom sets the scene for what lies inside. Illuminated by tall vertical windows, the suite includes a fitted walk-in robe with drawers, open shelving and hanging space, and an ensuite highlighted by an oversized shower with wall niche, stone-topped vanity with two basins and toilet. Double doors provide an intimate

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GARAGE

PORCH

viewing space for the home theatre, which is next to the galley laundry. With the bonus of a standard pantry and a walk-in pantry, the kitchen also features Westinghouse stainless-steel appliances (900mm freestanding oven, five-burner gas cooktop, dishwasher and integrated microwave), glass splashback and island bench. It overlooks the meals area and family room, which leads beyond into the optional al fresco. A small passage to the right of the meals area passes the study nook, which has small plantation shutters adding practicality and style to fill the wall void, and beyond to three bedrooms with mirrored robes, toilet, and the bathroom featuring a corner shower, single vanity and bath. The Byron is suitable for a 14m-wide block. It is on display at Woodlea Estate at Rockbank. -RM

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JG King – H6 (f7 facade) SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A great start

in life for those pursuing the dream of owning a home.”

WE LOVE ü Affordable package ü Twin living areas ü Suitability for smaller blocks

H6 Up

Fits lot: 12.5m width 20.34sq

T

HE simple things in life are often the best, which is why this compact family residence will have no shortage of admirers. Ideal for first-time buyers and those downsizing, JG King’s H6 (F7 facade) has a front main bedroom suite that is separated from the other bedrooms. Part of the affordable Up collection, the 20.34-square residence is big on appeal. Providing a formal living space separate to the informal zone, the H6 has a covered entry that opens to the entry hall. To the left is the main bedroom suite. Resplendent with a walk-in robe, there is also an ensuite with toilet, corner shower and single vanity. At the end of the hall is a galley laundry and access to the double garage. Beyond the formal space (or home theatre) is the informal living zone and accommodation wing. The kitchen includes Westinghouse stainless-steel appliances (freestanding 900mm oven with five-burner gas cooktop and canopy rangehood), double fridge space and a pantry. It complements the meals area and family room. To the left is the wing of three bedrooms with built-in robes, and a bathroom featuring a shower, bath and toilet. The H6, which is suitable for 12m-wide blocks, is featured at Riverwalk Estate, Werribee.

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $153,995 // JGKINGHOMES.COM.AU TOTAL AREAS 4

2

2

Ground Floor Garage Porch Total

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JM Homes Surf Coast – The Oxfordshire WE LOVE ü Split-level design with premium fittings

SINGLE STOREY

ü Hotel-style main suite

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “When

ü Twin decks

only the best will do.”

THE

S

LEEK, superbly comfortable and undoubtedly chic, the Oxfordshire provides discerning families with the ultimate lifestyle home. The gallery-style foyer adjoins the study, which has an inbuilt desk and drawers and a one-way highlight window to see who’s at the door. To the left is a passage that accesses two bedrooms with fitted robes, powder room and bathroom with recessed sink, twin-head shower and bath. Across the hall is the sleek laundry with external access, and a family room or theatre that opens to the deck. A separate fourth bedroom is at the end of hall and is complemented by the light-filled main bedroom suite. The latter has a fitted walk-in robe and ensuite featuring a double vanity, showpiece shower with vaulted ceiling and Velux window, and a wall-hung toilet behind a frosted glass door. A step at the end of the hall ascends into the living domain, which opens on two sides to the L-shaped deck. Highlighted by a feature fireplace and vaulted ceilings, the zone also has a side dining area with buffet. The custom kitchen is equipped with stone-topped benchtops, Electrolux appliances (twin ovens, induction cooktop, canopy rangehood), garden splashback window, appliance cupboard and walk-in pantry. The Oxfordshire is displayed at Armstrong Estate at Armstrong Creek. -RM

OXFORDSHIRE

4

2

2

OXFORDSHIRE HOME DIMENSIONS Residence

235.8 sqm

25.3 sq

Garage

46.4 sqm

5.0 sq

Entry Paving

6.0 sqm

0.6 sq

Deck to Rear Area

38.6 sqm

4.1 sq

Paving Outside Family TOTAL

14.9 sqm

1.6 sq

282.2 sqm

30.3 sq

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13.6m

HOME LENGTH

24m

Studio JM (by appt only) 5 Castles Drive, Torquay (03) 5264 7363 info@jmhomessurfcoast.com.au

Contact JM Homes for full specification list. ©Copyright JM Homes 2015.

www.jmhomessurfcoast.com.au

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Long Island Homes – Hermosa 330 WE LOVE ü Chef-grade kitchen with top-notch fittings

SINGLE STOREY

ü Sleek main bedroom suite ü Clear separation of the living area, retreat and rumpus

W

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A deluxe

family-friendly abode at an affordable price.”

KIDS RETREAT 4280 x 3600

CAS.LIV 7590 x 3000

BED 4 3040 x 3290

MEALS

KITCHEN

4700 x 3900

BED 3 3040 x 3300

PASS.

WIP

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LIVING 4670 x 4970

PDR

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ITH a name that means “beautiful” in Spanish, the Hermosa 330 is indeed easy on the eye. High ceilings add a level of grandeur as you enter. The light-filled main bedroom suite is to the left. It has a walk-in robe with dual entry points, and ensuite with sliding doors for privacy, black taps, black vanity and a large bath and metallic-tiled shower with rain showerhead. Windows in the main walkway allow for plenty of light to stream through the home. A kids’ retreat sits to the right of the walkway, across from the theatre. But the focal point of the home is the vast kitchen, dining and family area. Black taps, a five-burner Smeg gas cooktop, oven, dishwasher and large fridge ensure that only the finest meals come out of this kitchen. There is also a servery that accesses the al fresco, while sliding doors easily section off the walk-in pantry. There are three bedrooms with mirrored robes and plush carpet in the sleeping quarters, along with a shared bathroom featuring black taps and tiles, and shower with wall niche and rain showerhead. A rumpus room that can be converted into another bedroom is at the end of the living quarters. -MM

BATH

BED 2 3040 x 3300

KIDS RETREAT 2720 x 3200

THEATRE 3750 x 3800

GARAGE 5500 x 6000

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ENTRY

WIR BED 1 3810 x 4750

PORCH

13800

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 3 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: $254,900 // LONGISLANDHOMES.COM.AU HERMOSA 320

AS DISPLAYED 16.0 WIDE LOT

GROUND FLOOR: GARAGE:

243.58 sq.m 36.10 sq.m

26.22 sqrs 3.89 sqrs

sq.m

sqrs

Long Island Homes Pty. Ltd. PO BOX 6269 Point Cook, Vic 3030 p. 61 3 9369 6486 (1800 604 011) f. 61 3 9369 0994 email: admin@longislandhomes.com.au

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Long Island Homes – Santa Barbara 320 WE LOVE

SINGLE STOREY

ü Three outdoor areas ü Study/library with extralong desk for the kids ü Angled rooflines to enhance feeling of spaciousness

R

EPRISING many of the features of its award-winning Vale 330 but with an elegant update, the Santa Barbara 320 will delight from front to back with its functionality, versatility and touches of luxury. Highlighted by an L-shaped butler’s pantry and kitchen that overlooks the living area with soaring 5m roof with an 18-degree pitch, this single-level treat also features three outdoor areas, a clever study nook for the kids, excellent storage and a theatre room. The front main bedroom suite is complemented by a fitted walk-in robe and impressive ensuite with the wow factor, while the three rear bedrooms have walk-in robes. The rear bedrooms are next to the compact bathroom, walk-in linen press, laundry and powder room. The 14-degree slope of the roofline in the zoned sleeping wing creates an equally attractive statement and feeling of spaciousness. The kitchen will delight, with its Smeg appliances (freestanding 900mm oven with five-burner gas cooktop and canopy rangehood) and butler’s pantry featuring garden splashback windows and open shelving. Buyers of this Long Island Homes creation are again on a winner. The Santa Barbara 320 is on display at Upper Point Cook Estate. It is suitable for a 16m x 32m block. - RM

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Sure to

win admirers for countless reasons.”

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Long Island Homes – Seville 290 SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Main suite at the rear of the home for added privacy ü Picture windows and plantation shutters for light and privacy ü Glass splashback and breakfast bar for a contemporary touch

D URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Stylish design

in the ultimate contemporary family home.”

aring to be different, Long Island Homes’ Seville 290 is every trendy home owner’s dream. Anything but your average house, the 28.97-square abode is filled with unique design touches and clever finishes. The sunken lounge is separated from the study via plantation shutters, which can be closed off for added privacy via sliding doors. To the right is the theatre, divided from the living room with more plantation shutters. The gourmet kitchen sits next to the family and dining areas, and has access to the al fresco via two sets of stacked doors. The living area has large picture windows and a cosy fireplace. Enhanced by a walk-in pantry and island bench with feature mirror, the kitchen has a glass splashback and Tisira appliances, including the fiveburner gas cooktop, rangehood, oven, integrated dishwasher and microwave. The carpeted sleeping wing can be accessed from the main lounge area, and a passage from the front of the house. Three bedrooms have mirrored wardrobes. The shared bathroom has a shower with niche, tub and single vanity, and a separate powder room. The main suite is at the rear of the house for utmost privacy, and has high windows and sliding door access to the al fresco. Another set of sliding doors leads into the walk-in wardrobe, and ensuite with double shower, double vanity and separate toilet. The walk-in wardrobe has screens for further sectioning and an on-trend dressing table. The Seville 290 is best suited to a 14m x 32m block.

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Long Island Homes - Tallai 310 SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Kitchen with easy access to butler’s pantry and laundry ü Stylish outdoor entertaining ü Abundant natural light in the main bathroom

E

SCAPE the humdrum of everyday living with the year-round holiday style of this single-level dwelling. The main front bedroom, with shower ensuite and walk-in robe, is set apart from the living zones in the 30.54-square residence. Stone flooring and light, bright and airy louvred internal shutters throughout provide privacy and a perennial holiday feel. The kitchen, which adjoins the spacious laundry, features a butler’s pantry with separate sink, stand-alone 900mm Smeg oven, dishwasher, stone benchtops, double sink and abundant storage. A sitting room to the right has plush grey carpet and is made for relaxation. The large dining and living area overlooks a stone-paved dining and entertaining al fresco. Three bedrooms with mirrored robes are appealing. They access a separate toilet and stylish bathroom with black bath, shower with rainmaker showerhead and delightful picture window, through which pours abundant light. The Tallai 310 is suitable for a 16m-wide block. It is on display at Armstrong Estate. -NB

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “This has

warmth and an inviting quality written all over it.”

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Metricon – Santorini 28 WE LOVE

SINGLE STOREY

ü Functional and stylish kitchen ü Chic al fresco that sits under the roofline ü Compact design of the main suite

T URBAN LIFE SAYS:

“A well-designed home for the growing family.”

he 28.38-square Santorini 28 is a thoughtfully planned family home. A water feature at the entrance sets a Zen tone as you walk through the front door, and into the living room on the right with feature timber screen. Across the hall through double doors is the main suite, with an open ensuite featuring a double vanity, large mirrors, vertical window, shower and separate toilet. There is also a shower with walk-in wardrobe. A linen cupboard is on the right of the walkway, which leads into the L-shaped design of the family room, kitchen and dining room, with views of the al fresco. The gourmet kitchen is equipped with Technika stainless-steel appliances (integrated microwave, dishwasher, five-burner gas cooktop and 900mm oven) and an island bench/breakfast bar with Franke House Area: 198.01 m² (21.31 squares) double sink. The vast walk-in pantry Garage Area:fridge space 36.42 m² has a double and (3.92 squares) storage. Porch Area: 8.26 m² squares) The dining room has (0.89 a smoky Outdoor Room Area: 25.04 m² glass wall, much like the(2.70 kitchen squares) splashback. Totalcarpeted Area: 267.73 m² The sleeping wing (28.82 squares) accesses three large bedrooms with Total Length: 20.51 blinds. m mirrored robes and Roman Total Width: 14.75 m The separate toilet is next to the lightfilled bathroom, with floating vanity, tub and large mirror. The laundry has an extra-large sink, shelves, hanging space and access to the outdoors via sliding doors. The Santorini 28 is suited to a 16m-wide block. It is displayed at Riverwalk Estate, Werribee.

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Metricon – Whiteley 28 SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Study/retreat outside kids rooms ü Indoor/outdoor living ü Separate main suite and sleeping wing

E Whiteley 28MK2

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “The family-

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sliding door

House Area:

RETREAT

friendly design allows buyers the luxury of their own space in a stylish package.”

as Displayed at Riverwalk, Werribee

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ASE into the good life with the thoughtful design of this chic family residence. Enshrining the indoor/outdoor theme with its informal living area opening directly to the al fresco, Metricon’s Whiteley 28 (Aspen facade) also provides the convenience of a front main bedroom suite separated from the three kids bedrooms. The covered entry opens to a wide hall, off which are the garage access on one side and the main suite on the other. The latter features a walk-in robe with full-height mirror and the ensuite with separate toilet, corner shower and single vanity. Next along the hall is the theatre room, which has scope to be used as a guest sitting room if necessary. The compact kitchen is designed to please, with its space-saving bench, Technika stainless-steel appliances (900mm oven with five-burner gas cooktop and part-glass canopy rangehood), mosaic-tiled splashback and small walk-in pantry. It overlooks the dining area, family room and al fresco. A small passage to the right leads into the sleeping wing. Highlighted by a study space that could be utilised as a retreat, it includes three bedrooms with built-in robes, walk-in linen press, toilet, laundry and bathroom. The Whiteley 28 is featured at Riverwalk Estate, Werribee. It is also available in a 25-square version.

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Mimosa Homes – Enfield 210 SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Everything

a first-time buyer needs, with an eminently attainable price tag.”

WE LOVE ü Smart living hub including kitchen with walk-in pantry ü Light-filled interior via large windows ü Affordability

B

RIGHTEN up your life by escaping the rental cycle and making yourself at home in Mimosa Homes’ Enfield 210. Filled with natural light through its multiple large windows, the 21-square residence has a tiled entry hall that continues throughout. Bringing the outside in through its wind-out picture window and corner windows, the carpeted front lounge room is a haven for adults. The reading alcove will attract those with a love of books. Next along the hall is access to the double garage and (on the opposite side of the hall) the main bedroom, which includes a highlight window, walk-in robe and ensuite (via sliding door). The latter incorporates a twin-basin vanity, corner shower and toilet.

The living domain is where all the action is at, with its family room, dining area and well-equipped kitchen proving space for work, rest and play. The dining area opens, through a sliding door, to the al fresco. With the bonus of a walk-in pantry, the kitchen has Technika stainlesssteel appliances (freestanding 900mm oven with five-burner gas cooktop, canopy rangehood, integrated microwave, dishwasher), spray tap, hexagon-tiled splashback and stone-topped island bench that doubles as a breakfast bar. A door to the side of the kitchen accesses a passage to two bedrooms with built-in robes, laundry with broom cupboard and external access, separate toilet, walk-in linen press and family bathroom with bath, single vanity and corner shower. Complete with the flexibility to swap the main bedroom and lounge rooms, the Enfield 210 is suitable for a block with 12.5m frontage. It will appeal to professional couples, young families, those downsizing and investors.

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Mimosa Homes – Hamilton 230 SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Funky wallpapers incorporated in all bedrooms ü Home theatre with LED fairy lights ü Double shower head incorporating a handheld and fixed shower head

S URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A smart use

of space and central living area will leave first-home buyers captivated.”

TEP through the entry and into the grand hallway of Mimosa Homes’ Hamilton 230 and you’ll be sold on this affordable single-storey gem. The central living hub features an open-plan kitchen, family and dining space. The black-mirrored splashback in the kitchen adds an aura of sophistication, making you excited to spend time cooking with the oven, five-burner gas cooktop, dishwasher and microwave. Neat wine storage slots line the top of the fridge and inspire entertaining; whether it’s in the al fresco or home theatre. A decadent inclusion is the home theatre, which has the option to be used as a lounge or media room. The blackout blinds allow the LED fairy lights to glisten, creating an exciting space that will be hard to keep the kids out of. The finer details are not forgotten in the main bedroom suite, which is secluded from the three rear bedrooms with built-in robes and shared bathroom with bathtub. Highlighted by beautiful textured wallpaper, it includes a chic ensuite with twin-basin vanity and a shower with wall niche and double shower head. The Hamilton 230 is suitable for a 12.5m-wide block. It is on display at Cloverton Estate at Kalkallo. -TC

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Mimosa Homes – Saba 331 SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Home theatre with fairy lights, tiered floors and inbuilt speakers ü The privacy of the main bedroom and stylish ensuite ü Double oven and spray tap in kitchen

I URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A generous-

sized family home with zoned living spaces.”

T’S easy to see why the Saba 331 is a popular home – it is cleverly zoned for maintaining privacy, while balancing open-plan living at the same time. The 33.1-square residence has a carpeted formal lounge room at the front, ensuring that the main suite next to it enjoys ample privacy. The swanky main bedroom has a large walk-in robe, and an impressive ensuite with a shower (including a rain shower) and freestanding tub in one section, and a niche-enhanced separate shower next to the double vanity and separate toilet. The home theatre is decked out with fairy lights, inbuilt speakers and tiered floors for the ultimate viewing experience. The kitchen has two five-burner gas cooktops – one in the butler’s pantry and one in the main kitchen. It also has a Technika double oven and integrated microwave, while the island bench, spray tap and Bellissimo dishwasher add to the appeal. The al fresco divides the dining room and the family room. To the side are the study nook and the sleeping quarters, where three bedrooms with mirrored robes sit at the back of the home. There is a walk-in linen press, and a shared bathroom with tub, vanity, shower with niche, towel rack and separate toilet. The nearby laundry has external access and storage. The Saba 331 is best suited to a 16m-wide block and is on display at Jubilee Estate, Werribee.

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Nostra Homes – Latrobe 30

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URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Small touches

add up to a big impression.”

WE LOVE ü Study nook ü Strategically placed home theatre ü Sliding doors in rear bedrooms

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FFORTLESSLY mix business with pleasure in this family favourite from Nostra Homes. The main bedroom suite is to the left of the tiled foyer in the 29.88-square residence. Highlighted by a fitted robe in a passage behind the bed, the suite also includes an ensuite featuring twinbasin vanity, oversized shower with frameless glass screen and full-width wall niche and separate toilet. It adjoins the study with double workstation, drawers, mirrored splashback and overhead cabinets, while the tiered home theatre with ceiling speakers is also well placed to provide privacy for working parents. An angled passage introduces us to the informal living domain that links

Requires minimum 16m wide frontage x 32m deep allotment

CALL 03 the 8331 kids’ 3500 OR VISIT WWW.NOSTRAHOMES.CO effortlessly with retreat via a large wall cutout, and the al fresco via stackable doors. The kitchen is equipped with Blanco appliances (including freestanding 900mm oven with five-burner gas cooktop, canopy rangehood and dishwasher) and breakfast bar bench with display shelving. Offering direct access to the al fresco, the retreat complements three bedrooms with mirrored robes (rear two have sliding doors that open to the rear courtyard), laundry, toilet and bathroom with single vanity, bath and corner shower with wall niche. Nostra Homes can provide turnkey packages which include front landscaping, stone benchtops, coloured driveway, blinds to all windows, clothesline and letterbox and three-coat Dulux paint. The Latrobe 30 is suitable for a 16m-wide block but also comes with a 14m-wide option. It is on display at Merrifield. -RM

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Oak Living – Courtyard 16 SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Premium kitchen ü Clever separation of main suite from other bedrooms ü Private study

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A touch of

class and luxury that is well within reach of everyone.”

P

REMIUM inclusions and a thoughtful design from front to back set apart the Courtyard 16 from the rest. The entry hall of the 32.11-square residence passes the garage access and main bedroom suite before leading into the informal living domain and theatre and beyond into the paved courtyard. The main incorporates a fitted walk-through robe and stylish ensuite with twin-basin vanity, toilet behind a glass-framed door, and oversized shower with highlight window. At the end of the hall, a passage to the right accesses a small retreat with highlight window, private study with drawers and desk, three bedrooms with mirrored robes, walk-in linen press, powder room and contemporary bathroom featuring a frameless glass shower with wall niche, floating vanity, picture window and freestanding bath. A second linen press provides storage for the study. The kitchen integrates an island bench/ breakfast bar, Kleenmaid appliances (twin 600mm underbench ovens, five-burner gas cooktop and fixed rangehood), butler’s pantry and feature taps. The family room has a feature fireplace flanked by tall windows. Available in smaller formats for 14m-wide and 12.5m allotments, the Courtyard 16 is suitable for a 16m x 32m block. It is on display at Clydevale Estate at Clyde North. -RM

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Optimal Homes - Kea 23 SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü All-inclusive package with no added costs ü Stunning mosaic-tile splashback combined with glass rangehood ü Practical home layout for families

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URBAN LIFE SAYS: “An incredible

first family home with unexpected luxuries.”

HAT you see is what you get with this allinclusive four-bedroom package from Optimal Homes. Style elements of the kitchen include a beautiful mosaic-tile splashback and a glass rangehood. Cooking has never been more practical thanks to the island bench, double sink, drainer and the walk-in-pantry. Spending time as a family is easy with the free-flowing kitchen, meals and family space. It provides the flexibility, in times of stress, to retreat to the closed-off rumpus room for some downtime. The clear definition between the living areas and bedrooms provides excellent privacy for all family members. Built-in robes and a linen cupboard serve as excellent storage spaces, enabling you to keep your new home neat and tidy. Considering the finer details, such as flyscreens, high ceilings, external access from the laundry and beautiful bathroom tiles, this home goes above and beyond expectations. The Kea 23 is suitable for a 12.5m-wide block. It is on display at Merrifield Estate. -TC

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Orion Homes – Osborne 26 (Meadows facade) SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A spacious,

entry-level home for those on a budget.”

WE LOVE ü Sliding doors for privacy in the main suite ü Well-equipped kitchen with garden splashback ü Extensive inclusions, such as double glazing, heat lamps and flyscreens

S

EE the light and you’ll fall for Orion Homes’ Osborne 26. Ideal for budget buyers, the 25.83-square home’s open-plan design allows for ample space and light. And with an array of inclusions - such as double glazing, heat lamps and flyscreens - part of the standard build, the home is ready to be enjoyed without spending another cent. Textured wallpaper in the main bedroom adds funk to the aesthetics, while sliding doors to the walk-in wardrobe and ensuite ensure privacy. The latter has a double shower with wall niche, double vanity and mirrors, and a separate toilet. The light-filled living room sits to

the right of the home, while the large kitchen opens to the spacious family room with al fresco views. The kitchen has all you need for cooking and entertaining, with a large bench that doubles as a breakfast bar, with double sink and spray tap. The Blanco appliances include a dishwasher, five-burner gas cooktop, canopy rangehood and a 700mm oven. The garden splashback window makes for easy cleaning and great views when cooking, while the walk-in pantry is spacious and functional. Flyscreens on all windows means you can leave them open without the threat of bugs flying in. The sleeping wing has three bedrooms all with fitted robes, and a linen cupboard with sliding doors. The family bathroom comes with a shower, single vanity, tub and IXL heat lamp. There is also a laundry with a large sink for washing, and external access via sliding doors. The Osborne 26 is suitable for a 12.5m block. It is on display at Harpley Estate, Werribee. -RM

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Orion Homes - Yarra 31 Mk1 WE LOVE

SINGLE STOREY

ü Kitchen with chic walk-in pantry ü Excellent storage ü Al fresco accessed from both sides of L-shaped living area

D

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Quality time

for families who appreciate privacy.”

IVIDE your time between living, working and sleeping in this singlelevel gem from Orion Homes. The 31.35-square residence is best defined by having the bedrooms at the front and the informal living areas at the rear. To the right of the entry is a fourth bedroom with walk-in robe. It could equally be used as a sitting room or library to take advantage of the natural light through its windows. Another two bedrooms with built-in robes share a powder room and skylit bathroom with large bath, corner shower, single vanity and IXL heat lamp. A study is opposite the walk-in linen press. Further along the hall are the lounge room and the main bedroom suite, which includes his-and-her fitted walk-in robes and ensuite with twin-basin vanity, double shower with twin showerheads and toilet niche. The expansive rear living domain includes a Heat ‘N’ Glo fireplace, large meals area and showpiece kitchen. The latter integrates a feature stonetopped island bench, Blanco stainlesssteel appliances (underbench double ovens, five-burner gas cooktop, canopy rangehood and dishwasher) and garden splashback. A sliding door opens to the butler’s pantry, which also has a splashback window, open shelving and space for a double fridge. A laundry and a third toilet completes the floorplan. It is suitable for a 14.6m–wide block and is on display at Warralily Coast. Window locks and flyscreens, designer windows, double glazing and remote-controlled panel lift garage doors are among the inclusions.

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Orlara Homes – Villacove 327 WE LOVE ü Stunning main suite

SINGLE STOREY

ü Feature-packed kitchen ü Quality inclusions from front to back

D

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Setting a new

benchmark in luxury and quality, this is one for those who want it all.”

WC

WM

L'DRY

ENS

BED 1

BED 3

BED 2

BATH

BED 4

3.1Wx3.6L

LINEN WC

PARENT'S RETREAT

MAKE UP

3.0Wx4.6L

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PDR

3.1Wx3.1L

3.1Wx3.6L

4.9Wx3.8L

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ISCERNING buyers will find the undeniable quality of the Villacove 327 hard to resist. Featuring quality at every turn, the first display home offering from the custom builder is the start of something special. The massive main bedroom exemplifies the wow factor. Highlighted by deft touches such as the dressing table and fitted walk-in robe, the suite also includes a parents’ retreat and ensuite featuring a toilet, vanity with semi-recessed basins, and frameless glass shower with highlight window. The smart design by Martin J. Scott continues in the study, where the plantation shutters allow users to look into the family room or close them for privacy. The kitchen is the central hub of the 32.73-square residence with a butler’s pantry that links with the laundry. Equipped with Smeg stainless-steel appliances, the kitchen also has an extended island bench, glass splashback and handle-free cabinets. A passage to the side of the meals area leads into the rumpus room, and another at the rear accesses the sleeping wing of three bedrooms, linen press, powder room and bathroom with freestanding bath, corner shower and single vanity. Also available in 12.5m and 14m options, the Villacove 327 is suitable for a 16m x 32m block. It is displayed at Clydevale Estate. -RM

ROBE

KITCHEN 5.3Wx3.5L

MEALS 3.5Wx4.1L

RUMPUS 5.01Wx4.1L

GALLERY FAMILY 5.8Wx4.4L

STUDY GARAGE

COURTYARD

2.1Wx3.5L

5.5Wx6.0L

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project:

Davidson Construction Villacove Marketing

GENERAL NOTES: - Contartors to verify & confirm all dimension and base work on site before commencing works - Use written dimensions only - do not scale drawings any alterations or changes to be submitted to builder for verification before commencing works. - drawing to be read in conjunction with other applicable documents, together with all consultants drawings and specifications. - all anomolies to be referred to the builder for clarification before commencing works.

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Orlara Homes – Villaluxe 266 SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE

and access to the side deck, while the three secondary bedrooms – each with mirrored robes – share a toilet and equally stylish bathroom. The L-shaped kitchen, meals and living domain opens to the courtyard, while a rear laundry completes the 26.6-square residence. The kitchen is equipped with Smeg stainless-steel appliances (twin tower ovens, induction cooktop and integrated dishwasher), matching benchtops and splashbacks, island bench and a butler’s pantry. Last but not least, a domed ceiling and picture window enhance the family room. Also available in 12.5m and 16m options, the Villaluxe 266 is suitable for a 14m x 32m block. It is displayed at Clydevale Estate. -RM

ü Sleek hotel-style ensuite and walk-in robe ü Domed ceiling in family room ü Skylit lounge room

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Style,

substance and practicality in one affordable package.”

T

AKING care of all the family’s business, Orlara Homes’ Villaluxe 266 will have no shortage of admirers. The attention to detail begins in the front main bedroom suite, where the fitted walk-in robe answers the prayers of many with its stylish cube shelving, drawers and hanging space. The hotel-style ensuite also impresses with its grand rain shower, single vanity and separate toilet. Next along the hall is the lounge room, which has two Velux roof windows

BED 4

GARAGE

PANTRY

BED 3

3.1Wx3.4L

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WIL

LAUNDRY

3.1Wx3.4L

KITCHEN 3.3Wx3.4L

ROBE

PORCH

ENTRY

3.5Wx4.4L

4.0Wx3.8L

3.1Wx3.6L

GALLERY LOUNGE

BED 1

MEALS

ROBE

ROBE WC

WIR

BATH

BED 2

FAMILY 4.9Wx5.0L

COURTYARD

3.1Wx3.7L

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Porter Davis – Lamont 22 (with Delrey facade) WE LOVE

SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A chic

home that ticks all the boxes without breaking the budget.”

ü The quiet study room in the back of the house ü The designer yet practical main bathroom ü The side deck with access from the lounge for easy entertaining

I

F YOU’RE after style and affordability, the Lamont 22 is your ultimate home. From its trendy raked roof, to the warm wooden interiors, this 26.51-square home screams beachside retreat at every corner. The main suite is in the front of the home, with awning windows, a walk-in wardrobe and plush carpeting. The ensuite has a double shower including rain shower and niche, quality grates, toilet, wall-to-wall mirror, and double vanity with ledge. The walkway leads to the lounge, complete with sliding door access to the side deck as another entertaining area. There is a separate toilet, and shared bathroom with a skylight, shower and niche, wall-to-wall mirror, vanity and freestanding tub. Three bedrooms with double robes round up the sleeping quarters and the linen press leads into the main area of the home. The chef’s kitchen has a walk-in pantry with a picture window and shelving, as well as a five-burner gas cooktop and oven by Technika. The stone-topped bench and breakfast bar is fitted with a double sink and a spray tap, and an integrated dishwasher. The living room and dining area look out to the grand al fresco through triple sliding doors, while the study is tucked away to the side, to make the most of a quiet space. The grand al fresco is decked out with planter boxes and ceiling fans, while the separate laundry comes with bench space and sliding door access to the outside. The Lamont 22 is on display in Warralily Estate and is best suited to a 12.5m x 28m block. -MM

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LIVERPOOL 25

Porter Davis – Liverpool 25 (Kingfisher facade) THE

2

2

2

House (width x length): 12.65m x 20. DESIGNED TO SUIT

STANDARD FLOORPLAN

Land Min. Lot Width#: Min. Lot Depth#:

WITH MAYA FAÇADE

14.0m+ | 45f

28.0m+ | 91f

STRICTLY LIMITED SITE STARTS

ALFRESCO

SINGLE STOREY

FAMILY

RUMPUS

DINING

BED 3

KITCHEN

WC

PTRY

GALLEY

LDRY

BED 4 BED 2

BATH

MWIR2

ENS

ENTRY MASTER BEDROOM

GARAGE PORTICO

Room Sizes

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “An

Specifications

Available Sizes

Master Bedroom

4.4 x 3.4m

Family

4.9 x 4.0m

Living Area

186.76m2

20.10sq

Bedroom 2

3.0 x 3.2m

Dining

3.7 x 1.9m

Garage

36.43m2

3.92sq

Bedroom 3

3.2 x 3.0m

Rumpus

4.2 x 3.4m

Portico

2.63m

0.28sq*

Bedroom 4

3.0 x 3.1m

Alfresco

2.7 x 3.4m

Total

233.97m2

25.19sq*

2

WE LOVE

• Ensuite Option

• Grand Alfresco Option

• Grand Living with Grand Alfresco Option

• Ensuite 2 Option

• Grand Living with Alfresco Option

• Grand Living Option

* Sizes may vary slightly as per façade range. Floorplan based on the Maya façade – see façade pricelist for RRP. # Minimum Lot Sizes may vary due to Council requirements & estate guidelines. This work is exclusively owned by RSS Property Holdings and cannot be reproduced or copied either wholly or in part, in any form (graphic, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and uploading to the internet) without the written permission of RSS Property Holdings. This document is for illustration purposes and should be used as a guide only. Illustrations are not to scale. Garage dimensions are external measurements only. Refer to actual working drawings.

ü Island bench that doubles as breakfast bar and storage

ü Grand al fresco for seamless entertaining ü Use of light wood and white tiling for a relaxed vibe

T

HE Liverpool 25 is the ultimate family home. With all the bells and whistles of an upmarket house at an extremely affordable price, this 28.05-square residence from the Advantage range is an outstanding investment. The clever zoning of the home places sleeping quarters at the front, living spaces in the middle and entertaining at the rear. The wide walkways, raised ceilings and large picture windows enhance the sense of grandeur. The main suite is on the right, with plush carpet, patterned wallpaper,

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double doors, and two walk-inA D V A N T A www.porterdavis.com.au wardrobes with storage (one with corner nook). The ensuite has a floating vanity with twin basins, double shower with wall niche, large mirror and toilet. It complements the large second bedroom with double robes and external access, and the other two bedrooms with robes. The skylit central bathroom has a freestanding tub, shower and niche, toilet and large mirrored vanity. The central hub includes the extensive kitchen, dining, living room and rumpus areas that all open to the majestic al fresco. The designer kitchen is equipped with an island bench, Technika appliances (five-burner gas cooktop, oven and integrated dishwasher), prep area with double sink, and a butler’s pantry with space for a double fridge. The Liverpool 25 is best suited to a 14m x 28m block and is on display at Cloverton Estate. -MM

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Liverpool 25

Design Options

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outstanding family home that’s kind on the bank balance.”

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Porter Davis – Regal 26

4

REGAL 26

2

2

2

House (width x length): 11 DESIGNED TO SUIT

STANDARD FLOORPLAN

Land Min. Lot Width#: Min. Lot Depth#:

WITH MAYA FAÇADE

12

32

STRICTLY LIMITED SITE STARTS

SINGLE STOREY MASTER RETREAT BEDROOM

FAMILY

FOYER

DINING

ENSUITE

WIR

MEALS

KITCHEN

ALFRESCO

LDRY

WIP LIVING BED 2

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “The

WC

MUD

FOYER BATH

quintessential family home, the Regal 26 is a masterclass in style and practicality.”

BED 3 ENTRY

GARAGE

BED 4 PORTICO

Room Sizes

ü Resort-like main bedroom at rear with deck, huge ensuite ü Privacy of two bedrooms at front of home, and shared bathroom ü Central, U-shaped al fresco for easy entertaining and close proximity to kitchen

A

RARE example of a versatile home that doesn’t compromise on style, the Regal 26 will win many hearts. Popular with downsizers and first-time buyers, the Porter Davis dwelling with raked roof is the definitive contemporary home. A study (or fourth bedroom) with awning windows is at the front of the home. Next along the hall are the sleeping quarters, which comprise two bedrooms separated by a light-filled

bathroom featuring a shower with wall niche, floating vanity, freestanding bath and highlight windows. Across the hallway is the powder room, and a carpeted living room that accesses the kitchen and U-shaped central al fresco, and beyond to the dining and family rooms with picture windows. The former incorporates an island bench/breakfast bar with double sink and spray tap, Technika Bellissimo appliances (dishwasher, five-burner gas cooktop, 900mm underbench oven and glass/stainless steel canopy rangehood) and a walk-in pantry. The resort-influenced main suite is at the rear for privacy. It has a huge ensuite with oversized shower, toilet and full-width vanity with open shelving, and walk-in robe with double hanging space. Best suited to a 12.5m x 32m lot, the Regal 26 is displayed at Acacia Estate, Botanic Ridge. -MM

Available Size

3.6 x 4.1m

Family

3.7 x 4.7m

Living Area

189.81m2

20.43sq

Bedroom 2

3.0 x 3.6m

Dining

2.9 x 2.0m

Garage

36.08m2

3.88sq

Bedroom 3

2.9 x 3.6m

Living

3.8 x 3.7m

Alfresco

2

8.35m

0.90sq

Bedroom 4

2.9 x 3.6m

Portico

2.21m2

0.24sq

Total

236.45m2

25.45sq*

Regal 26

Design Options

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WE LOVE

Specifications

Master Bedroom

• Ensuite Option

• Games Option

• Extended Master Bed Option

• Powder Room Option

• Study Option

PORTER

* Sizes may vary slightly as per façade range. Floorplan based on the Maya façade – see façade pricelist for RRP. # Minimum Lot Sizes may vary due to Council requirements & estate guidelines. This work is exclusively owned by RSS Property Holdings and cannot be reproduced or copied either wholly or in part, in any form (graphic, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and uploading to the internet) without the written permission of RSS Property Holdings. This document is for illustration purposes and should be used as a guide only. Illustrations are not to scale. Garage dimensions are external measurements only. Refer to actual working drawings.

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Porter Davis – Toronto 20 SINGLE STOREY

THE

3

TORONTO 20

2

2

2

1

House (width x length): 12.8m

x 15.95m

DESIGNED TO SUIT

STANDARD FLOORPLAN

Land Min. Lot Width : Min. Lot Depth#: #

WITH MAYA FAÇADE

14.0m+ | 45ft 11in+ 25.0m+ | 82ft+

STRICTLY LIMITED SITE STARTS

KITCHEN

MASTER BEDROOM

FAMILY

PTY

ENS

DINING

WIR

BED 2 LDRY

BED 3

BATH

LOUNGE

ENTRY

GARAGE

STUDY

PORTICO

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A fantastic

ü Clever separation of living and sleeping zones ü Luxe inclusions at an affordable price ü Two walk-in wardrobes in the main suite

T

HE Toronto 20 strikes the perfect balance between luxe and affordability. Enhancing the natural light with its large windows, the compact home and its zoned design allows you to work, entertain and relax in comfort. The front door opens to a lounge room on one side and a study nook on the other. The entry hall continues past the large bathroom, which is equipped with a stylish tub and shower with wall

niche, sizeable laundry, and two kids’ bedrooms with split system heating and cooling. The rear living zone incorporates the dining room, family room and wellequipped kitchen with breakfast bar, walk-in pantry, Bellissimo appliances (underbench oven, gas cooktop, canopy rangehood), double sink with spray tap, and large splashback windows overlooking the al fresco. The spacious main suite at the rear provides privacy, with sliding doors that open to the backyard. The two fitted walk-in wardrobes separate the space wisely. A large shower, double vanity and a toilet tucked away in the corner complete the clever ensuite set up. Spacious yet cosy, the Toronto 20 is ideal for the first-home buyer. It is on display at the Habitat Estate, Tarneit. -MM.

Specifications

Available Sizes

Master Bedroom

3.6 x 3.9m

Dining

2.5 x 2.3m

Living Area

141.65m2

15.25sq

Toronto 19

Bedroom 2

3.1 x 3.0m

Lounge

3.3 x 3.6m

Garage

35.76m2

3.85sq

Toronto 20

Bedroom 3

2.9 x 3.0m

Study

1.9 x 2.0m

Portico

6.16m2

0.66sq*

Family

3.8 x 4.7m

Total

183.57m2

19.76sq*

deal for a first-home owner.”

Design Options • Alfresco Option • 4th Bedroom Option • Double Vanity and Extended Shower Option (to master ensuite) • Home Theatre, Extended Master Bedroom and Dining Option • Home Theatre, Extended Master Bedroom and Dining with Alfresco Option • Home Theatre, Extended Master Bedroom and Dining with 4th Bedroom Option

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WE LOVE

Room Sizes

• Home Theatre, Extended Master Bedroom and Dining with Courtyard Option

• Home Theatre, Extended Master Bedroom and Dinin Soaker Tub to Ensuite Option

• Home Theatre, Extended Master Bedroom and Dining with Double Vanity & Extended Shower to Ensuite Option

• Side Set Back Option • Soaker Tub Option (to master ensuite)

• Home Theatre, Extended Master Bedroom and Dining with Double Vanity & Extended Shower to Ensuite and Courtyard Option • Home Theatre, Extended Master Bedroom and Dining with Side Set Back Option

* Sizes may vary slightly as per façade range. Floorplan based on the Maya façade – see façade pricelist for RRP. # Minimum Lot Sizes may vary due to Council requirements & estate guidelines. This work is exclusively owned by RSS Property Holdings and cannot be reproduced or copied either wholly or in part, in any form (graphic, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and uploading to the internet) without the written permission of RSS Property Holdings. This document is for illustration purposes and should be used as a guide only. Illustrations are not to scale. Garage dimensions are external measurements only. Refer to actual working drawings.

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Porter Davis – Vermont 33 SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “The gift that

keeps on giving.”

THE

4

VERMONT 33

3

2

1

2

House (width x length): 14.6m

x 23.0m

DESIGNED TO SUIT

STANDARD FLOORPLAN

Land Min. Lot Width : Min. Lot Depth#: #

WITH SEASIDE FAÇADE

16.0m+ | 52ft 5in+ 32.0m+ | 104ft 11in+

WE LOVE ü Main suite with ensuite and walk-in robe in diagonally opposite corners ü Skylit family bathroom ü Vaulted ceiling

S

URPRISES (of the best kind) await around every corner in the Vermont 33. They start in the main bedroom suite, in which the fitted walk-in robe and skylit ensuite are in diagonally opposite corners (rather than next to each other). The latter includes a double shower with feature wall niche, twin-basin vanity and toilet. The central hall passes the cosy lounge room, broom cupboard and galley-style laundry on its way into the informal living hub. The stylish kitchen, which has a

walk-in pantry in addition to the butler’s pantry, is highlighted by its massive picture window. It also features an island bench/breakfast bar and Blanco appliances (900mm underbench oven, five-burner gas cooktop, canopy rangehood and integrated dishwasher). A vaulted ceiling is a feature of the family room, while the meals area opens to the al fresco with feature fireplace. The light-filled rumpus room captures views of the al fresco. A passage on the other side of the family room accesses three bedrooms with built-in robes, powder room and skylit bathroom with freestanding bath, single vanity and corner shower. The Vermont 33 is suitable for a 16m x 32m block and is on display at Woodlea Estate at Rockbank. The Vermont is also available in a 29-square version for a 14m-wide block. - RM

ALFRESCO RUMPUS

DINING BED 4 FAMILY BED 3 MEALS

KITCHEN

BATH GALLEY

BED 2 ENS LDRY WC MASTER BEDROOM

ENTRY

3.7 x 5.4m

WIR

LOUNGE GARAGE PORTICO

Room Sizes

Master Bedroom

PDR

WIP

Specifications Dining

3.7 x 4.0m

Living Area

Available Sizes 240.03m2

25.84sq

Vermont 29

Vermont 33

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3.0 x 3.2m

Lounge

3.8 x 4.4m

Garage

36.26m2

3.90sq

Bedroom 3

3.3 x 3.2m

Rumpus

3.6 x 5.4m

Alfresco

24.06m2

2.59sq

Bedroom 4

3.0 x 3.7m

Porch

4.31m2

0.46sq*

Family

6.7 x 4.6m

Total

304.6m2

32.79sq*

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Design Options • Soaker Tub to Ensuite Option

• Bed 5 and Ensuite Option

• Shower to Powder Room Option

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D I S P L AY H O M E

Premier Builders Group – Cottesloe 257 Modern SINGLE STOREY

AREA ANALYSIS RESIDENCE GARAGE ALFRESCO

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Value and

versatility spells popularity.”

WE LOVE ü Four-element kitchen ü Separation of living and sleeping quarters ü Clever linking of front study or sitting room with main suite

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IG on versatility and space yet low on price, the Cottesloe 257 will have no shortage of admirers among first-time buyers and investors. Part of the firm’s Modern Range, the 25.78-square residence impresses from front to back. The front sitting room or study opens through sliding doors to the main bedroom suite, which includes a walk-in robe and ensuite with single vanity, shower and separate toilet. A wall cutout at the end of the hall

introduces us to the meals area. Before there is a side passage that accesses two bedrooms with built-in robes, a toilet and a shared bathroom featuring a highlight window, corner shower, single vanity and bath. The informal living domain opens to a full-width entertaining area. Spread across four distinct areas, the kitchen includes a side bench with sink, dishwasher and garden splashback window, island bench/breakfast bar with microwave shelf, a walk-in pantry and work bench with tiled splashback, Westinghouse 900mm underbench oven, five-burner gas cooktop and pull-out rangehood. There is also a laundry with walk-in linen press and external access. It is suitable for a 14m x 30m block and is displayed at Clydevale Estate, Clyde North. -RM

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173.50 36.29m 23.40m 6.35m2

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Profine Building Group – Nirvana 30 WE LOVE ü Private home theatre

SINGLE STOREY

ü Sleek kitchen with servery window

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “It’s easy

ü Study nook

to be impressed by the sheer simplicity.”

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EEPING things simple yet timelessly stylish, the Nirvana 30 will effortlessly meet most families needs. Separating family time from your private time with aplomb, the single-level residence of 30.1 squares is a rare mix of comfort and practicality. The functionality begins with the front main suite, which includes a fitted walk-in robe and ensuite featuring a double vanity, large shower with wall niche and toilet. Further along the hall is the curtained home theatre with sliding doors, while a second bedroom – also easily adapted into a study - is across the hall. But it’s the rear living domain and its U-shaped kitchen where the easy living shines. It includes the long stone-topped benchtops that provide plenty of storage, quality appliances (900mm underbench oven, five-burner gas cooktop, rangehood and dishwasher), garden splashback window and servery window to the al fresco. A passage to the side accesses another two bedrooms with built-in robes, large laundry with excellent storage, separate toilet and bathroom featuring a single vanity, large bath and corner shower with wall niche. The skylit study nook makes the most of a wall cutout to connect with the living area. The Nirvana 30 is suitable for a 16.3m x 32m block and is displayed at Clydevale Estate, Clyde North. -RM

151000

ROBE

BED 4

OUTDOOR LIVING KITCHEN

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MEALS WC

LINEN

BATH

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22430

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ROBE

BED 2

THEATRE

WIR DOUBLE GARAGE

ENS WC

ENTRY

MASTER BEDROOM

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Reality Homes SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Ideally zoned

for kids and parents, this is a welcoming reality - by name and nature.”

WE LOVE ü Front main bedroom suite ü Versatile kitchen with enclosed butler’s pantry ü Numerous spaces in which family members can thrive

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LIFE of calm and tranquility awaits parents residing in this single-level offering from Reality Homes. With a practical floorplan that separates the quieter side of domestic life from the busy day-to-day activity of the rear family living hub, the 25.46-square house has three living areas in which each family member can do their thing. The entry foyer immediately accesses the main suite to the right. It features a walk-through robe with his-and-her sections on either side of a central passage that leads into the ensuite. The

latter has an oversized double shower, double vanity and toilet. The hallway passes the office on the left and a lounge room/theatre on the right before a door enters the rear living domain. The large space includes a meals area, family room and an additional rumpus room at the rear – all of which can be viewed from the U-shaped kitchen. Highlighted by a separate enclosed butler’s pantry/prep kitchen to the side, it also incorporates a breakfast bar, excellent storage and Westinghouse appliances (900mm underbench oven, five-burner gas cooktop and feature canopy rangehood). A passage to the right accesses the sleeping wing, which includes three bedrooms with built-in robes, laundry, bathroom and separate toilet. It is suitable for a 14m-wide block and is on display at Merrifield. -RM

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Sienna Homes – Jasper 30 (Levin facade) SINGLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Front main suite and sitting room ü Clever access for groceries/ kids via garage ü Showpiece kitchen

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URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Designed

to please in every sense, the split-level Jasper 30 will not disappoint.”

LEEK, versatile and chic, Sienna Homes’ Jasper 30 creates a harmonious split-level environment in which all the family will thrive. Also available in a 28-square layout, the single-level gem has a front main bedroom suite that provides privacy from the step-down family living zone at the rear. The central hall has a light-filled sitting room immediately to the right, followed by the main bedroom suite. It includes a walk-in robe and ensuite featuring a double-sized shower with black tapware, separate toilet and twin-basin floating vanity. One of the Jasper 30’s many highlights is its central hub. This includes a powder room, linen press and galley-style laundry, through which is direct access to the garage and beyond into the step-down, walk-in pantry with fridge space. The rear living domain is at the end of the hall. A dining zone with picture window to the right complements the well-equipped kitchen, family room and al fresco. The kitchen includes an island bench (with display shelf), Ariston appliances (integrated dishwasher, five-burner gas cooktop and double oven) and side bench with induction cooktop next to the garden splashback window. A doorway off the family room leads into the kids’ quarters, which include a wall of storage, three bedrooms with built-in robes, toilet and a bathroom with corner shower, single vanity and bath. It is on display at Clydevale Estate, Clyde North. -RM

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Simonds Homes - Dakota SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A dynamic

option for first-time buyers that is hard to beat.”

WE LOVE ü Skylit kitchen with butler’s pantry ü Study nook with plantation shutters ü Retreat in main suite

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COMPLETE package for firsthome buyers, Simonds’ Dakota will tick all the boxes. The front main bedroom suite makes a big statement, literally. Accessed through double doors, it has a retreat, fitted walk-in robe with drawers, open shelving and hanging space, and ensuite featuring a large shower with seat, separate toilet and floating vanity with raised basins. A doorway in the hall leads into the full-width lounge room and beyond into the rear living domain.

It is highlighted by the skylit kitchen with Velux window, Technika stainless-steel appliances (900mm underbench oven, five-burner gas cooktop, integrated rangehood) mirrored splashback, island bench with two-bowl sink, dishwasher and integrated microwave oven, and surprise butler’s pantry. The adjoining meals and family area, which has a feature ceiling, opens to the al fresco. A passage to the side of the meals area accesses the sleeping wing. Enhanced by three storage cupboards and a built-in study nook with plantation shutters, the wing features three bedrooms with built-in robes, laundry, toilet and bathroom with large shower, freestanding bath and single vanity. – RM

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Simonds – Rio WE LOVE

SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “The ultimate

contemporary family home.”

ü Chic breakfast bar with storage ü Smart and spacious butler’s pantry ü Plantation shutters to separate living areas

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HE Rio by Simonds Homes is made for family living. With the bonus of three living areas, the flexible layout of the 26.76-square, single-level residence allows any number of upgrades or reconfigurations without compromising on design excellence. The main suite is at the front of the house, complete with plush carpet, luxe wallpaper, walk-in robe and an ensuite with double vanity and shower. It is next to the lounge room, which has a wall void with plantation shutters that can be opened to the informal living domain or shut for privacy. Characterised by a raised roof with highlight windows, the living zone includes the casual meals area and galley-style kitchen has a walk-in pantry, banks of pot drawers, island bench that doubles as a breakfast bar, and Technika appliances. Both open to the al fresco area in a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living. More plantation shutters provide a glimpse into the adjacent family room. A doorway off the kitchen accesses the sleeping wing, which comprises three bedrooms with built-in robes, spacious laundry and shared bathroom with double vanity, bath and separate toilet. Perfect for a growing family with ever-changing needs, the Rio is suitable for a 14m x 27m block. It is on display at Riverwalk Estate, Werribee. -MM.

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SJD Homes - Caversham MK4 WE LOVE

SINGLE STOREY

ü His-and-hers walk-in robes in main suite ü Built-in speaker system ü Matte-black tapware

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URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A remarkable

first home that includes luxuries for all the family.”

12570

BED 4

OUTDOOR LIVING

2.90x4.15

4.30x6.07

BATH WC

FAMILY 4.66x5.18

BED 3 2.90x3.00

4.34x2.63

BED 2 3.00x3.55

PTY

LDRY

THEATRE

3.70x4.15

HIS

6.00x5.52

ENTRY

GARAGE

WC

ENS

4.44x3.45

HERS

MASTER SUITE

23950

KITCHEN

MEALS

4.41x3.35

ELAX to the latest beats, enjoy a movie or cook up a storm – the options are yours with the versatile Caversham Mk4 from SJD Homes. The single-storey abode provides something for all members of the family. The in-built speaker system allows you to chill out and listen to music anywhere around the house or put your feet up and enjoy a movie in the home theatre. Movie night has never been more practical with the blackout blinds enabling you to enjoy the show without having to wait for the sun to set. While cooking, appreciate the sophistication of the matte-black tapware and the practicality of the large island bench and butler’s pantry in the kitchen. The plush carpet and massive mirrored robes in the bedrooms are just some of the finer details. Another highlight is the main bedroom. The rich, dark interiors and sliding doors to his-and-hers walk-in robes establish a place of privacy and tranquillity. The double vanity, grand mirror and spacious shower in the adjoining ensuite further emphasise its opulence. The Caversham Mk4 is suitable for a 14m-wide block. It is on display at Arcadia Estate, Officer. - TC

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GRAND TOTAL:

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199.01 36.63 26.10

3.94

2.81

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Smarthomes – Jack WE LOVE

SINGLE STOREY

ü Main suite

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Smart by

name and nature, this reproduction gem will delight.”

23055

14530

ü French provincial kitchen and butler’s pantry ü Bay window

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E prepared to be charmed once you step inside this period-inspired offering from Smarthomes. The portico entry of the 27.02-square residence opens to a wide central hall with garage access to the right and the main suite to the left. A fitted walk-in robe is cleverly positioned behind the bedhead wall, while the skylit ensuite to its left incorporates a freestanding bath, twin-basin vanity, glassenclosed toilet and rear walk-in shower with rain showerhead. A second bedroom with built-in robes, which is across the hall from a luxurious skylit laundry, is next to a formal lounge or theatre room. The rear informal living domain is highlighted by a bay window (with window seat) that doubles as a breakfast nook. The zone also includes a formal lounge with full-width entertainment unit and open shelving. Enhanced by a skylit butler’s pantry with appliance cupboard and fridge space, the French provincial kitchen has an island bench with Chambord ceramic sink, Westinghouse appliances (900mm freestanding oven, gas cooktop and Dishlex dishwasher) and tiled splashback. A passage behind the kitchen accesses another two bedrooms with built-in robes, toilet, linen press and shared bathroom with fresstanding bath, oversized shower and single vanity. The Jack is displayed at Clydevale Estate, Clyde North. -RM

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Welsh Homes – Endeavour 1626a (Aspect facade) SINGLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A warm,

welcoming and practical solution for first-time buyers.”

WE LOVE ü Split floorplan between living and sleeping wing ü Quality kitchen with walk-in pantry ü Direct access from garage into laundry/kitchen

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HERE’S not a cent to spend in this tidy single-level offering from Welsh Homes. The fixed price and fixed site costs are a bonus that accompanies the functional and comfortable 25.9-square house, which keeps the bedrooms in one wing and living areas on the other. Also available in a house-and-land package, it is ideal for first-time buyers and those downsizing. Double doors off the entry hall access the front main bedroom, which has an

(upgraded) walk-through robe that leads into the ensuite featuring a stone-topped single vanity, toilet and corner shower with wall niche. A carpeted lounge room across the hall provides a place for parents to chill. It precedes the informal living and dining zone, which opens to the al fresco. Highlighted by a walk-in pantry (another of the upgrades), the kitchen is equipped with Technika appliances (freestanding 900mm oven with five-burner gas cooktop and canopy rangehood), and island bench/breakfast bar with dishwasher. A passage off the meals area accesses a powder room, three secondary bedrooms with built-in robes, two linen presses and bathroom featuring a single vanity, deep bath and shower with wall niche. The Endeavour 1626a is on display at Armstrong Estate. -RM

Base Plan

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Zuccala Homes – Sorrento 306 WE LOVE ü Well-equipped kitchen with prep kitchen

SINGLE STOREY

ü Front study ü Direct access from garage into laundry and prep kitchen

P

ARENTS who yearn for a quieter life will love the split design of the Sorrento 306. It is designed to please with a study, living room and main suite at the front, and the kids’ bedrooms and rumpus room at the rear. Easy living over 32.94 squares, the front study provides a fullwidth work station - with shelving and cabinetry – to complement the natural light radiating through its large corner windows. Across the hall is the main suite, which includes a U-shaped walk-in robe and the ensuite with double shower, double vanity and toilet. The living room provides a calm retreat before entering the informal living domain. The stone-topped kitchen, which is equipped with Technika appliances (twin underbench ovens, five-burner gas cooktop and pull-out rangehood), also has an island bench/breakfast bar with integrated dishwasher. It is complemented by a walk-in pantry or prep kitchen with double fridge space and wine storage. A doorway off the family room accesses three secondary bedrooms with mirrored robes, toilet, linen press and bathroom featuring a full-width double shower with wall niche, double vanity and freestanding bath. The Sorrento 306 is suitable for a 18m x 32m block. It is on display at Woodlea Estate at Rockbank. -RM

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Parents can

take care of business at the front, while the kids relax at the back.”

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Never-ending storey Sizing up your building options? Much will depend on the dimensions of your block and how you want to live your life

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HE question of a single- or double-storey layout is one that all home buyers must confront when they decide to build. There’s no doubt that both options have their pros and cons, but the crucial factors will undoubtedly be budget, desired lifestyle and the size of your block. If the block size or your budget has not immediately restricted you from pursuing one of the options, there are several other variables that should be included in any analysis. Firstly, consider your current stage of life and your long-term plans for the new property. You may be planning to move out of home or rental accommodation for the first time, or putting down roots and expanding your family. Or you could be preparing for the grandkids

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to bring new joy into your life. Regardless of which stage you are at, each comes with specific safety and design considerations, such as the exclusion of stairs or universal access issues (see breakout). The layout may not have a major bearing on your decision if the property is primarily being used as a stepping stone to a bigger version in the next decade or so. But if you’re intending to make it your home for life, this decision will have major implications. NEXT consider what aspect of the design appeals most. It could be that you cannot live without your outdoor room, or that the relative seclusion from the kids on another level provides peace of mind. In a rare example

of when size truly does count, many builders base their designs on the width of a block and its orientation to deliver the best energy benefits. One only has to cast their eye over the various floorplans on a builder’s website to get a broader picture. Urbanedge Homes, for example, bases all of its designs upon 10m-wide blocks, 12.5m, 14m, 15m and 16m. In other words, you can’t fit a square peg in a round hole. There are exceptions if you wish your dream to remain alive – but they may come at a cost if major changes are required. BE PREPARED to keep an open mind from the outset and identify clearly what your No.1 priority may be with your new home. Many buyers fall into the trap of


DESIGN

coming with a preconceived notion of what house they want in terms of bedrooms, bathrooms and garage space, but their wants don’t always correlate with the realities of their budget or the space available to them in their preferred estate. That’s when compromise kicks in. This may take the form of

with single-level dwellings is the humble verandah. Not only does it provide a space from which to watch the world go by, it also provides occupants with free climate protection – such as shading the home from harsh summer heat and preventing damage from rain or wild weather.

“Balancing hopes, desires and an appreciation of the possibilities with a clear-eyed assessment of the limitations: that is the art of choosing.” - SHEENA LYENGAR a different estate, one less bedroom, a compact outdoor room or smaller backyard – but it may not be the end of your dream. Take the time to discuss your scenario with builders as they can often provide solutions that can more than match your expectations, even if they’re not what you first imagined. GENERALLY speaking, families tend to choose a double-storey design as it is often used to maximise living space on a narrow or small block. This provides freedom to use whatever space remains for their leisure. With the cost of land increasing, many see value in a two-level design that doubles their living spaces and increases their outdoor options, particularly when construction costs to build a two-storey dwelling are only about 15 per cent more than a single-storey dwelling. Blocks with any kind of view usually make the most of the outlook by taking family living to the next level. This could take the form of a split-level layout, according to the slope of the block, or a double-storey design. In such cases, the living areas should be positioned to optimise the natural elevation. But perhaps the best features of a double-storey dwelling are flexibility and affordability. Not only does it provide extra living space, it opens up the possibility of adding a lap pool, outdoor entertainment area or a simple play area for the kids. There are also design implications to consider, such as creating a ground-floor main bedroom suite and keeping the kids upstairs in their own space. Laundry chutes, light wells, study nooks and extended balconies are just some of the design tweaks that can be made to enhance the joy of a second-storey home. CONVERSELY, single-storey layouts appeal to empty nesters who are downsizing or young families who wish to avoid stairs for safety reasons. It can also appeal to those with extended family, which may require self-contained accommodation, such as a second kitchen and bathroom. The more popular of the two options, single-storey residences generally take up more space on the block, which will appeal to those who prefer lifestyle to maintenance. An often-overlooked design feature

THANKFULLY, this decision can be taken out of your hands when you buy a house-and-land package from reputable builders. But then you can look forward to making other decisions, such as establishing your home’s decor, and how you want it to look and feel. Choosing colours, appliances, fixtures and window and floor coverings is just the beginning. The best thing is, help is always on hand. From sales consultants and architects to colour consultants and interior designers, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

UNIVERSAL ACCESS ON the surface, homes utilising universal access look and feel more spacious. But their versatility also adds value for people of all ages. Universal access design principles make homes accessible for people with mobility challenges. This assists seniors, families with young children, pregnant women or those with an injury or disability. Eliminating the need for major modifications should someone with a permanent disability need to live there, the universal access design features start from the flat walkways to a flush entry, wide doorways and halls (for pram or wheelchairs), toilets with clear access, and reinforced walls in bathroom and toilet for the safe installation of grab rails. It extends to hobless (open) showers to eliminate trip hazards, ground-level toilets with clear access, and open-plan living with generous circulation space in key areas, such as the kitchen and dining room. (Source: joshshouse.com.au)

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PLANNING

Building

immunity Our homes are our safe havens. But what if there are things in it that are potentially dangerous? MANVEEN MAAN asks building biologist Nicole Biljsma to explain what a healthy home really is

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HAT exactly does a building biologist do? This was one of the many questions on my mind when I picked up the phone to speak to Nicole Biljsma, a building biologist and health-and-wellness advocate based in Victoria. Thankfully, she was ready to tell it like it is. “A building biologist is someone who tries to identify and provide recommendations on health hazards in the home,” she explains. “They generally give advice on material selection, how to reduce moisture and condensation, and reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields.” Pretty straight up really. But why is there a need for building biologists? Biljsma believes a number of health issues are largely due to this field not being effectively addressed in everyday life. “When I did my double degree

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in acupuncture and naturopathy, we didn’t look at indoor air quality or how the environment affected human health. The building industry, medicine, and natural therapies have ignored the impact of the built-in environment on human health. A big focus of research and treatment is to address symptoms, without getting to the root of the problem, that often stems from the home.” Biljsma fell into this line of work quite by accident – when she moved into an “unhealthy” home. “Within weeks of moving into our home in Warrandyte, my husband and I developed insomnia and then I had 10 miscarriages. We then started to see a strong connection between many of my patients’ illnesses and their homes, especially if they had chronic fatigue, asthma, or allergies.” So, how can we ascertain if our homes are indeed healthy? Biljsma has a list of requirements ready. “Good ventilation is key - a healthy home smells like fresh air, not scented candles or air fresheners. It also means being in areas with high amounts of green zones as the plants act like the lungs of the planet. If you’re close to heavy traffic or a busy road, the air in your home is only going to be as good as the contaminated air outside, so where your house is positioned is critical. It also doesn’t have chemicals, like pesticides or formaldehyde in building materials that are known to cause health effects. A healthy home should mimic a dry Mediterranean environment, so it’s not encouraging the adverse effects of microbial growth.” Once you have figured out if your home is a healthy one, Biljsma says the onus is on residents to ensure nothing unhealthy is introduced to homes.


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“People often contaminate homes by bringing in fragrances, perfumes, pesticides, or cheap building materials loaded with formaldehyde or flame retardants that can contaminate the indoor air. Another issue affecting air quality is condensation and mould-related problems as microtoxins related to it can cause health problems, so it’s important to pay attention to that,” she said. When pressed about the makings of an unhealthy home, Biljsma reveals a long list of potential causes. “An unhealthy home is one that has been built so tightly that it doesn’t breathe. It often doesn’t allow water vapour through the building envelope, which can cause condensation and mould problems. We know mould can cause serious problems in people who can’t create antibodies, and they eventually develop chronic fatigue. “Pesticides are one of the top five things that unhealthy homes have. I refer to them as the Ps – pesticides, phthalates that are mainly in perfumes, and certain types of plastics, can cause numerous problems. Preservatives are like pesticides

“When you build a home, preventing mould and condensation problems should be a pivotal part of your plan. I would recommend using hydroscopic building materials that can use and release moisture,” Biljsma said. “For example, ski chalets in Europe are made of wood and sealed with oil for breathability. Timber has a beautiful capacity to absorb and release moisture, so I would highly recommend it. “Making sure that exhaust steam goes outside, and not into the roof cavity is also key. It should be vented and ducted to the outside so mechanically-generated exhaust fans in the bathroom, laundry and kitchen can be directed out,” she said. “Each person in a building emits about 10 litres of water vapour per day so in a family of five, that’s 50 litres of water vapour. When you use impermeable wraps, all that vapour is trapped and creates mould problems in the wall cavities.” Although the healthy home mission may seem like an uphill one, Nicole insists there are easy and effective ways to maintain a healthy home.

“Good ventilation is key - a healthy home smells like fresh air, not scented candles or air fresheners.” as they kill bacteria - we know that a healthy home has a diverse amount of bacteria in the household dust. If you bring in cleaning products to kill bacteria with pesticides, what you are doing is reducing the diversity of bacteria in the dust, which increases the chances that children growing up in that home will have asthma and allergies.” Another culprit is the ever-present electromagnetic field problem. “Look at where you spend time in the home and making sure it’s not near high electromagnetic fields. For example, your bed should never be next to a meter panel, an inverter, a fridge, or an oven because those devices emit high levels of magnetic fields, which can affect melatonin and sleep-wake cycles. Having digital clock radios within 30cm of the head is not recommended, as are powerboards under the bed,” she said. When it comes to her sure-fire methods of building a healthy home, Nicole says the home’s position is probably the main factor. “You don’t want to be near noise pollution, radio activity, high electromagnetic fields, heavy traffic, timber plantations or wind turbines. You also do not want to be near shipping ports, industrial manufacturing, airports, golf courses or voltage transmission lines.” Her other guaranteed technique is using the best building materials possible for your home.

“I suggest going back to basics. A bit of sand with olive oil is a great scrub for the body. I would also recommend using microfibre cloth to clean homes. If they are slightly damp, it’s easy to trap dirt in the cloth and wash it down the sink. It also helps reduce allergy rates. A good vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and a motorised head is a great investment. The sun is the most effective cleaning agent we have. Use it to clean clothes, fabrics and furnishings. Don’t be afraid to air out chopping boards, pillows and mattresses on a hot day.” She also suggests working around wireless technology. “Routers and any kind of wireless technology should be hardwired because they are constantly beaming high levels of radio frequencies, which have been known to cause melatonin, that affects sleep cycles and an overall immune response,” Biljsma said. And what advice does she have for those wanting to know more about making their home a healthier place? “How you spend your dollar is powerful, so demand healthy products from the market. You need an educated consumer market to do this, as the burden of proof is not on industry to prove that their product is harmful. So, get educated as it’s the most powerful way of making an informed choice.”

For more information and tips on how to maintain a healthy home, visit Nicole’s website http://www.buildingbiology.com.au

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Cleaning your new home shouldn’t be a chore, but expectations of being the perfect housekeeper seems to be changing

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VERYONE knows about the benefits of a spring clean, but what about regular domestic duties? The Good Housekeeping Institute in the UK recently listed the various household cleaning chores and how often they should be done in its Ultimate Cleaning Checklist. They were divided into daily, weekly and monthly chores, in addition to quarterly and annual tasks. The daily tasks, for example, were as simple as making the bed and wiping kitchen surfaces, washing up, sweeping the kitchen floor and putting dirty clothing in the laundry basket. That would be standard for most households, but it’s the smaller details within the weekly tasks that may raise a few eyebrows. This may include cleaning toothbrush mugs or cleaning the inside of microwave ovens. The tasks are taken to the next level on a monthly basis. This list includes the need to clean blinds or vacuum curtains, wash doormats, clean whitegoods (dishwasher, washing machine and fridge) and sort through the pantry to dispose of out-of-date food. Last but not least, the annual wish list includes what many would regard as their spring clean. These including the wiping of window frames and light bulbs, carpet cleaning, tidying fireplaces and emptying gutters. It’s an understatement to say that some of the duties may not be on everyone’s list, but that doesn’t mean it’s unachievable. You could count on one hand the number of people who enjoy housework, but it is a necessary evil. The first release of data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2016 census shows the typical Australian female spends between five and 14 hours a week doing unpaid domestic housework. This includes cooking and shopping. The typical Australian man spends less than five hours a week.

An accurate picture of trends is somewhat unclear because similar national statistics on housework have not been collated since 2006. But it has been noted that women spend more time in housework even when they are single and working full-time. When women start to cohabit, their housework time goes up and men’s goes down, regardless of their employment status. And the gender gaps widen when children enter the picture. University of Melbourne sociology senior lecturer Dr Leah Ruppanner wrote on The Conversation about the wide-ranging effects that the imbalance creates. “We live in the golden age of housework, where robot vacuums can spend hours pirouetting around the living room. The problem is these labour-saving devices often amplify standards of cleanliness. Any time saved is spent on other household chores,” Dr Ruppanner said. US-based Brock Built suggests one way to keep your home in as-new condition is to clean certain areas on specific days. “If you can delegate certain tasks to family members, then cleaning becomes a group effort. But if you’re cleaning alone, then tackling 1-2 rooms per day might be more realistic. Avoid cramming everything into a single weekend if you can. Take some time to plan ahead in a way that you feel necessary to make your … cleaning easier,” the builder advised. The first step is to declutter each room and dividing the clutter into sale items, donations and trash. Using a timer for various tasks - such as a 15-minute limit for cleaning the bathroom - will help improve productivity and ensure you’re not spending your entire day in domestic servitude. And remember to clean from top to bottom, so gravity works its magic. This means floors will need to be done only once after dusting.

CLEANING 101 Daily tasks: Make the bed; Wipe down the shower; Clean around the toilet bowl; Wipe kitchen surfaces; Wipe stove after use; Sweep kitchen floor; Wash up; Clear away clutter; Put dirty clothing in the laundry basket Weekly tasks: Clean bed linen and towels; Do the laundry; Dust household surfaces; Vacuum all carpets and floors; Mop any hard floors; Give bathrooms a thorough clean; Clean mirrors and toothbrush mugs; Clean the inside of the microwave; Wipe down kitchen appliances and any surfaces not cleaned daily Monthly tasks: Wash all the windows; Vacuum hard-to-reach areas, including under furniture; Clean blinds and/ or vacuum curtains; Wash doormats; Clean dishwasher, washing machine and vacuum cleaner; Throw away any out-of-date food; Wipe cupboards Every three to six months: Vacuum mattresses; Wash or dry-clean pillows, bedspreads and doonas; Wipe down the inside of the fridge; Clean out the freezer; Clean the oven thoroughly inside and out; Wipe down internal paintwork; Have a mini garage blitz Annual tasks: Wipe window frames; Wipe light bulbs; Deep-clean upholstered furniture and carpets; Empty gutters; Clean fireplaces

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B U I L D CI NOGV EBRL O C K S

Block IT IN! ROSS McGRAVIE examines the process of buying land

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impressions of living happily ever after are formed. In its Buying Land and Building A New Home Guide, Arden Homes says land sales office staff should provide buyers with information about the development and the developer, including a timeline of when infrastructure will be delivered. Villawood Properties executive director Rory Costelloe advised buyers to establish a good relationship with land sales staff as they were invaluable. “If you do want to move quickly, chat to your sales agent and let them know you’re looking to buy a titled block. Another good thing to chat to your agent about is the size and shape of the block and the house you intend to build, as another misconception is that any house will fit on any block of land,” Costelloe said.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK Location, location, location relates as much to your block’s position within an estate as to facilities outside the community. Whether you’re happy to put up with extra traffic by buying close to the estate entrance is an individual preference that is

equally as important as a quick exit - just as being close to major facilities is often balanced by a desire to be far from the noise of freeways or train lines. Only you can determine what suits your lifestyle. “Larger developments allow better planning and scale, along with more amenity options, while smaller estates are more boutique and quieter, with most features within walking distance. It ultimately comes down to the lifestyle you want to lead and choosing a developer who can deliver this for you,” Costelloe said. In most cases, the answer lies in people finding the estate that suits them best for work, rest and play, and then choosing the land within the estate. Many new estates create Facebook pages to help establish the sense of community. Costelloe said location should be the primary consideration when buying land. “Pick a location where you can raise a family and be proud to call it home. You don’t need to move somewhere just because it’s where the cheapest house and land package is offered,” Costelloe said. “Look at the master plan of the

developments you’re considering and critically assess if it has been designed in such a way as to foster a sense of inclusion. Well-designed streets and carefully landscaped parks and open spaces create opportunities to meet neighbours and create new friendships are very important as a starting point. Also consider the location of nearby schools, shops, healthcare and childcare are high on the list of priorities for everyday access for families, along with things like higherlevel sporting facilities for older kids.” It’s also worth considering who else is buying in the area. If you have a young family it may not be prudent to buy into an area largely populated by those downsizing.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Land is similar to most things in life - you get what you pay for. Blocks of land come in all shapes and sizes. From the standard rectangular block to the irregular-shaped or corner block, they can overlook water, parkland or just neighbouring homes. Some are sloping and others are predominantly flat. Regardless of how wide the lot is or where it’s placed within a residential

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T’S AN understatement to say that buying land is an inexact science. There’s no secret formula that determines exactly what will suit you now, in five years’ time and within a couple of decades. But there are some tried-and-true methods that can steer you towards living happily ever after. However, it does involve doing your homework on everything from budgeting and savings to planning, networking and imagining your dream home on that piece of dirt in front of your eyes. The beauty of buying land is it gives you the option of building your home when you are ready to do so and, more importantly, allows you to use the builder of your choice. Depending on where you buy will also dictate if you can build straight away or wait until you accumulate more savings. To most, the first experience of buying land will be of fronting at a land sales office. Perhaps it will feature a model of the master plan, a map of the blocks within each stage, or even some surveying flags marking the dimensions of the allotment. Either way, it is here that your


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Size Shape Orientation Slope Soil type Sudesh Sapla stakes his claim for a prime block at Intrapac Property’s Ellarook Estate at Truganina Image: PAUL WEST/INTRAPAC PROPERTY

estate, the only certainty is that the individual characteristics of the land will affect the design of the home. At its simplest, it’s important to select a suitable, flat block of land, and to think long term (solar access, maintenance requirements and connected services). It’s also important to be familiar with the rules and regulations governing what you can and can’t build. The average buyer doesn’t realise that sometimes you cannot fill your entire block of land with your house – there are regulations governing setbacks for example. It’s natural that, after visits to display home villages, people can easily picture a preconceived house size in their mind. But the realities of building can kick in. Setbacks, building envelopes and height restrictions can all reduce the amount of land on which you can place your home. In other words, don’t assume that a 14m-wide block can accommodate a 14m-wide house. Costelloe said the timeframe between land being titled and your home being built was two years but it can vary. As a point of reference, a house between 20 and 30 squares will require

a 450sq m block. Those between 30 and 40 squares are best accommodated on a 550sq m lot, and anything larger would need at least 600sq m.

PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE All good things take time, so bear this in mind when buying land. The length of time from buying the block to starting building will differ with every sale but it can take on average at least 12 months. Part of the reason is the certificate of title, which is necessary before any construction work can begin. “The biggest misconception held by most purchasers is that they can build straight away,” Costelloe said. “The period between land purchase and legally being able to build is called ‘time to title’. Villawood generally seeks to deliver titles under 12 months, but we’ve seen other instances in the industry where people have waited up to 24 months for titles.” Another is the infrastructure. Thankfully, the services for house blocks in most estates are ready to be connected. But never assume – always ask. The upside of waiting for a block to be titled is greater savings potential.

Just so you are prepared financially, Dennis Family Homes advises that construction of your house is broken down into several stages and you will usually be invoiced a percentage of your overall contract value at the completion of each stage: Slab; Frame; Lockup; Fixing and Completion. Needless to stay, the earlier you can start reducing that mortgage, the better it will be for your financial future. Getting in early to buy land is encouraged when new estates are first released. It’s a common practice for the price of land in each stage of an estate to progressively increase as they are released, so get in early when you can. Before signing on the dotted line, compare the cost with similar recent land sales in the area to ensure you are not paying too much.

EXTRA DIRECTION ON ORIENTATION • North-South (with north-facing backyard) – Most popular orientation . Have outdoor spaces and living areas to the back of the house, bedrooms to the front • North-South (road frontage to the north) – Must be reconfigured to give you living/priva te outdoor space toward s the front. Consider a U-shaped house that integrates a courtyard and allows north sun into the rear areas • East-West (with wes t-facing backyard) – In summer months the wes tern sun can be very hot. Ensure you have adequate shading, and have a courtyard on the north side • East-West (road fron tage to the west) – Consider having spare bedrooms, study or secondary living spaces to the front (because it will get hot in summe r), and have outdoor spaces on the north and east side (Source: ARDEN HOME S)

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INSIDER

What attracted you to the industry (and when)? I started in the property industry by buying my first investment property and was instantly hooked. I would read biographies of land developers and other successful entrepreneurs and had a goal that one day I would own my own development company. When I was 25 years old, I made the full-time jump into property and joined Redwood Group as a broad acre land real estate agent. I co-founded my current business, Resi Ventures, with my business partner Anthony Braunthal back in 2010, and haven’t looked back since. We started with a small development in Greenvale and now have more than 2000 residential lots and 200 townhouses all across Melbourne’s growth corridors. It has been an amazing journey and we firmly believe the best is yet to come.

Best thing that happened to you personally and within the industry? Meeting my business partner Anthony Braunthal. Without him Resi Ventures would not exist. His acute attention to detail and business acumen have allowed us to grow our pipeline to more than $570 million in land subdivisions and townhouses. In terms of best change for the industry, it would have to be the introduction of Melbourne 2030 and creation of Melbourne Planning Authority (now VPA). They have done their best to design and deliver Precinct Structure Plans (PSPs) so development can take place in a more structured fashion, having thought about all aspects of a resident’s life as opposed to an ad-hoc basis prior to 2000. They can definitely further streamline the process, but are moving in the right direction.

What do you love most about the industry? I love the fact we can take a parcel of raw land and design and create a community that people love to call their home. They trust us with their biggest buying decision and we can make their dreams of owning their own home a reality. That is powerful. That also comes with a lot of responsibility. We want to create communities that our kids would be proud of 10-15 years down the track.

If you had the power, how would you improve the building/development process? I would really like to see VPA and other authorities be given more resources so they can do their job more efficiently. We need to build 25,000-plus new homes a year for the next 20 years in the growth corridors alone to meet the demand. Additionally, the levies (GAIC & other developer contributions) the government collects needs to be used specifically for those communities. At the moment, all these funds just go into a central bucket and no one knows how these are expended. We would love for them to use the GAIC-WIK (work in kind) and use that money to upgrade the infrastructure in and around Rockbank – upgrade the train station, build community facilities and build new schools.

Khurram Saeed RESI VENTURES

What do you consider your proudest moment or greatest achievement (in the industry)? Our proudest moment as a company is launching two of our biggest and best communities (AccoladeRockbank.com.au and MonumentPlumpton.com.au). It’s taken years of hard work and dedication from our A-Team of consultants to make this a reality. The way we will be using technology, whether it’s home automation, free Wi-Fi in the public spaces or home security, will be second to none. We have partnered with amazing companies to deliver these projects. Biggest regret? I don’t believe in regrets. I have made plenty of mistakes in my life and in my career, but I would not change any one of those. I am who I am because of those challenges and hurdles. Worst trend? Speculators who have no intention of settling and developing the land they are buying, and then flipping these parcels. They generally are not doing any due diligence and pay exorbitant prices for the development parcels. When the music stops, they will find themselves in hot water. We are getting ourselves ready to pounce on opportunities when that time comes around.

If building tomorrow, what feature would you most like incorporated in your home? Home automation, including full home security. What do you think building a home and community will be like in 2030? As developers we will have to design and create communities that allow our residents to live, shop and play in the one place; Lots in land subdivisions will get smaller; Developers will need to work closely with the building community to come up with design responses for these smaller lots; We will see more townhouses in our land subdivisions; Chinese and Indian populations increased by 185 per cent and 217 per cent over the past 10 years (Census: 2006-2016) with an average age of 36. We will need to cater for these buyers in our new communities.

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T’S A common conversation among Australia’s first-home buyer crowd: “Houses are so expensive; we don’t want to live too far out; I don’t have a partner, I’m not sure if I can afford a house; even if I stop eating smashed avocado on toast, I’m so far away from that deposit.” But is this a problem that’s exclusively Australian or do first-home buyers in other countries, such as Malaysia, face similar challenges? Datuk Ho Hon Sang, chief executive officer of the Kuala Lumpur-based Mah Sing Group Berhad, says the two societies are more similar than we think. “With land becoming scarcer in Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding areas, apartments are the preferred choice for home buyers. Home buyers in KL look for developments in strategic locations with good road accessibility and public transportation. Those who buy properties in KL tend

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to be single professionals or young families who work in the city and are open to living in smaller homes such as apartments,” Datuk Ho says. Like most Melburnians, KL-ites are looking for safe, well-equipped homes close to transport. “Homes in KL need to be near public transportation, such as railways and bus stations, for people to commute to work and back,” Datuk Ho says. “A safe home is also a must. Most of our developments have a three-tier security system with access cards for the residents. In addition, residents expect to have certain facilities in their developments, such as swimming pools and gyms.” Australia’s wannabe home buyers have been criticised for not wanting to give up their lifestyles for the solid foundations of a home, so it’s not surprising to hear their Asian counterparts share similar sentiments. Datuk Ho explains: “In today’s

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world, people don’t buy a home, they buy a lifestyle. Our customers expect to have well-equipped facilities to cater to their lifestyle needs. People today are also more health conscious and that plays a part in the choice of amenities we choose to incorporate (such as swimming pools, gyms, jogging paths, and children’s playgrounds) in our high-rise developments. The facilities must enhance the lives of residents as we want to make them feel they have purchased a quality home.” It’s the addition of these facilities that have proven to be a winner. “Our Lakeville Residence has one of the largest nature-themed facilities podium in Kuala Lumpur, spanning 3.11 acres. It has 38 different points of view and 38 amenities that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also enhances their lives with various activities the residents can experience,” he says. Safety is often at the forefront of most home owner’s minds.

“Gated and guarded communities, and apartments provide a sense of security and peace of mind for the residents. Residents also have a say in the maintenance and running of the premise. Well-managed premises with a healthy landscape have proven to record good rental and price appreciation.” Living closer to the city centre often means compromising space, but Datuk Ho says this is not always the case in KL. “It ultimately depends on the layout of the home. The number of bedrooms and bathrooms per apartment depends on the size of the unit. Typically apartment units under 1000sq ft tend to have two or three bedrooms with two bathrooms. Units 1000sq ft and above may have four bedrooms with two or three bathrooms. As a developer, we select designs that have a sense of good space arrangement.” When asked what developments have been most popular, Datuk Ho cites a high liveability factor and convenience as

a winning combination with buyers. “M City is a great example. It’s a mixed development near the city centre, and houses Malaysia’s first multi-level thematic hanging gardens and a four-tier facilities podium. It is also close to shopping centres, so residents get to enjoy a garden city concept without sacrificing the proximity to the city centre,” he says. As the population grows, Datuk Ho believes the landscape will change in coming years. “With the government continuing to invest in Malaysia’s public transportation infrastructure, there will be more transit-oriented developments in KL. People today want to be able to commute to different locations without the need to drive, so trains will be the main mode of transport. In addition, as the railway networks continue to expand outside KL, more people will be willing to stay in the suburbs as they can easily commute.”

OPPOSITE PAGE Lakeville Residence has water views and the largest nature-themed facilities podium in Kuala Lumpur THIS PAGE (clockwise from top) M City houses Malaysia’s first multi-level thematic hanging gardens and a four-tier facilities podium; The facilities at Lakeville Residence enhance the lives of residents; The sky is the limit at Icon City; and M City’s garden city concept is proving popular

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FINANCE

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UYING a home is equated with undertaking a fair chunk of work. Here are the financial basics to buying a house.

growth? Make sure you cover all bases when it comes to undertaking your due diligence. In this case, the more questions asked, the better.

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Get a budget sorted - not one you’d aspire to have, but a realistic budget where you can ascertain what monthly or weekly repayments you are likely to afford. Then start saving for a deposit. Generally speaking, the bigger that amount is, the better off you’ll be (as you’ll have to borrow less).

Shopping around for a mortgage lender that fits your requirements is vital. Check out your loan’s interest rates (generally speaking, the lower they are, the better), its term, and any other special features that might affect your decision. Your deposit is your down payment on the house, and if you have less than 20 per cent of the property’s purchase price, you’ll need lenders mortgage insurance. If a deposit is out of your reach, you may be able to enlist a guarantor (such as your parents) for their financial support. You could even try getting a few steps ahead and applying for pre-approval with a lender (such as a bank or credit union), which will give you a good idea as to whether a lender is likely to provide you with a mortgage or not. It is important to note that there are two types of interest rates, fixed and variable, with each having their own benefits.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK Online resources are often extensive, with loan information and tools to determine your borrowing limit, along with price guides and sales history by suburbs. There’s also information on the First Home Owner Grant, which is always handy for those looking to save a penny or two. It’s also worth looking at various homes and the areas you are interested in. Ask yourself some questions - will you enjoy living in the neighbourhood? Is it an area that’s likely to experience capital

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BILLS, BILLS, BILLS

It’s always handy to know what kind of home you’re after. Townhouses and apartments may be a better bet if you are making your entry in the real estate market. Buying townhouses and apartments off the plan has a few benefits, including a discounted price and potential stamp duty reductions. Maintenance in the beginning would also be less in a new property, however it is important to note that after you move in, there is a timeframe (set by the builder) to identify defects and fix them. It’s also pertinent to note that new homes often come with 6.5-year structural warranty, so if there are any major issues that occur in that time, you know you are covered.

It is good to be aware of other costs so that your savings covers more than just a deposit. Check sro.vic.gov.au for more information on stamp duty concessions and costs. Finance and insurance costs can come in the form of lenders (banks) who can impose costs like application, valuation and settlement fees. There are also insurance costs to consider – lenders mortgage insurance may apply if you need to borrow more than 80 per cent of the purchase price of the property. You may also consider mortgage protection insurance to cover your mortgage if illness or injury prevents you from keeping up to date with your repayments. It is also important to note that the property owner usually covers council rates, strata and owners corporation fees (for apartments) and utilities after settlement. Landscaping costs are also usually not included in a standard building contract, and many estates have guidelines when it comes to what you can or cannot plant around your home.

SOLD! When purchasing a new home, the price is usually set but you may have room to negotiate on fittings and fixtures. There are many steps in the conveyancing process that your adviser will take care of, which helps to safeguard you. Once you’ve got all your finances in check, get ready to sign the contract.

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Arden Homes – Beaumont 43 WE LOVE

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ü Mirrored walk-in-wardrobe passage behind the bed in the main bedroom ü Separate living space with the added luxury of a fireplace ü Tiered home cinema

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HIS double-storey mansion from Arden Homes’ Aspire range is perfect for growing families. After walking through the grand double-door entry into the 42.8-square dwelling, you can settle into the study or put your feet up in the tiered home cinema. BEAUMONT 43 Keep walking down the hall and you’ll find the deluxe open-plan living domain with a cosy rumpus room extension that incorporates a fireplace. The extravagant kitchen includes an extended island bench with a breakfast bar, double sink, quality Smeg appliances and a butler’s pantry. StayingFloor on top of the housework Ground has never been easier with the spacious laundry, which includes a walk-in linen cupboard. Retreat upstairs to find the four BEAUMONT 43 bedrooms and another activity space where a study nook could easily be established. It provides a touch of luxury for the whole family, with all bedrooms featuring a walk-in-robe. The luxurious main bedroom incorporates an ensuite with a double-basin vanity, shower and a freestanding bath. The walk-in-robe passage behind Ground Floor the bed is lined with mirrors, leaving anyone who walks through the space feeling like a star. The Beaumont 43 is suitable for Floorblock. It is on display aFirst 14m-wide at Clyde North’s Berwick Waters Estate. -TC

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scale and comfort, on all levels.” The Beaumont 43 brings a grand sense of proportion to everyday living over two floors. An entry hall gives access to a study and home theatre before o

family living area. A rumpus room projects into the garden at the very rear of the home. An extended floating island bench sits at the very hub of fam entertaining. Upstairs an activity room creates a versatile space for kids. Three over-sized bedroom have walk-in robes whilst the master suite sits a retreat offering space, privacy and luxury.

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Master Suite Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3

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RING on the good times with this functional family favourite. The front lounge room and study in the 37.89-square residence are serviced by a central powder room that is tucked under the staircase. At the end of the hall is the entry to the informal living domain. Opening on two sides to the al fresco, the dining and family room are complemented by a well-equipped kitchen. Enhanced by a walk-in pantry and Caesarstone benchtops, the kitchen also includes an island bench/ breakfast bar, Artusi appliances Elegance is open to interpretation, but the Toledo gives you the canvas to realise your own version through architect influenced design on a grand scale. Offe beautiful and functional space, it can be refined even further to suit the particular(900mm needs of your family and lifestyle. Premium floor coverings, impeccable fi freestanding oven, five-burner inclusions are a constant reminder of your good judgement and excellent choice. gas cooktop, canopy rangehood and dishwasher) and tiled splashback. The living zone is cleverly linked with direct access from the garage Garage into the laundry, which has a walk-in Laundry Pantry linen press. Dining The carpeted staircase ascends Pdr Toledo Royale Dimensions (m Kitchen to a massive rumpus room, with the Master Suite main bedroom suite to theBedroom right. It 2 Porch includes a walk-in robe that is large Bedroom 3 Entry enough to double as a dressing Bedroom 4 Rumpus room. The element of surprise works Living Study Study Lounge wonders in the ensuite, which has Alfresco Lounge a toilet and enclosed shower on Dining/Living opposite sides behind the twin-basin Alfresco vanity. Double Garage Three large bedrooms with walk-in robes, linen press, separate toilet Overall House Dimension Walk in and a shared bathroom featuring a Robe Ground corner shower, single vanity and bath Bedroom 4 Bedroom 3 Walk in First Robe TOLEDO ROYALE complete the second level.Porch GROUND FLOOR PLAN Alfresco The Toledo Royale, which is Garage Walk in Dresser suitable for a 14m x 27m block, Robe Total Size WC comes with the all-inclusive Tesla Powerwall 2 and solar panel package. WC Rumpus Master Bedroom 2 Bedroom It is on display at Acacia Estate at Bathroom Botanic Ridge. Ensuite -RM

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hard, relax or live it up downstairs, then recharge the batteries upstairs.”

4 BEDROOMS, 2.5 BATHROOMS, 3 LIVING AREAS, STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $329,900 // ARDENHOMES.COM.AU House Design: Toledo Royale

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Australian Building Company – Brookwater 38 DOUBLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Prepare to

be amazed by the spaciousness of this affordable home.”

WE LOVE ü Energy-efficient, solar-powered home ü Separate his-and-hers wardrobe in the main bedroom ü Isolated laundry, masking washing machine and dryer noise

I

F your family is growing or you want to expand, the Brookwater 38 from Australian Building Company is a spacious yet reasonably priced option. A popular choice for second- and third-home buyers, the two-storey treat is much admired. Once inside the grand entry, the main bedroom retreat and the integrated L-shaped living space lie beyond. The long island bench in the kitchen has adequate space for a breakfast bar.

Making entertaining easy, the kitchen’s design means guests can sit around without interfering in cooking space or, alternatively they can move to the outdoor room. When cooking, it is easy to supervise young children at the adjacent study nook. For the older and more responsible youth, a quiet study upstairs with space for multiple workstations is the perfect place to learn. Luxury is not limited to the main bedroom suite, with second and third bedrooms upstairs including a roomy walk-in-robe. The fourth and fifth bedrooms have mirrored robes. Upstairs, residents will be spoiled for choice with the option of a shower or bath in the shared bathroom. The Brookwater 38 is suitable for a 14m-wide block. It is on display at True North Estate, Roxburgh Park. -TC

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Beachwood Constructions – Torquay 30 WE LOVE ü Vast outdoor barbecue area ü Laundry chute ü Enclosed living room

T

HE Torquay 30 has all you need in a family home, and more. The practicality begins with the spacious front study being paired with the convenience of a powder room. And it continues with the galley laundry, which has extra storage and a laundry chute access. Further afield within the 29.96-square residence is the living room with display shelving, while the kitchen and meals area open to the al fresco with feature barbecue. The tidy kitchen includes Westinghouse appliances (900mm underbench oven, fiveburner gas cooktop, pull-out rangehood and dishwasher), an island bench/breakfast bar with double sink and spray tap, walk-in pantry and fridge space to the side. Back inside and full-height windows on the stairwell add light to the upstairs rumpus room. Three secondary bedrooms have built-in robes, while the shared bathroom has a separate toilet, vanity, tub, and shower with niche. The main suite is towards the back, and has a fitted walk-in robe, and an ensuite featuring a double shower with wall niche, double vanity and separate toilet. The Torquay 30 is suitable for a 12.5m-wide block. It is on display at Clydevale Estate, Clyde North. -MM

DOUBLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A double-

storey delight with a functional yet chic floorplan.”

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Boutique Homes – Airlie 33 WE LOVE

DOUBLE STOREY

ü Kitchen with two-way walk-in pantry ü Front lounge with character of yesteryear ü Functional design with panache

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EEPING it simple to maximise enjoyment, Boutique Homes’ Airlie 33 is a step in the right direction for family living. The period styling of the 33.04-square residence highlights just what can be accomplished with this versatile design. The entry hall with dado panel and the front lounge room with slat ceilings, picture rails and fireplace with timber mantelpiece, set the tone. The latter could equally be used as a home theatre. A laundry and powder room provide functionality at the end of the hall, coupled as they are with nearby garage access. The L-shaped living and dining domain opens on two sides to the al fresco. It is complemented by the marbletopped kitchen, which is enhanced by its Ilve appliances (integrated microwave and warming oven, 900mm underbench oven, fixed rangehood, five-burner gas cooktop and dishwasher), island bench, garden splashback windows with tiled surrounds, and twoway walk-in pantry. A timber staircase ascends to the rumpus room, which has been set up as a sitting room. The light-filled main bedroom suite is illuminated through five sets of casement windows. It has a walk-through robe with complementary built-in robes and ensuite featuring a large shower with niche and twin showerheads, twin-basin vanity and separate toilet. Three secondary bedrooms with mirrored robes share a bathroom, which features a bath, corner shower and twin-basin vanity. It is on display at Upper Point Cook, Point Cook. -RM

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LH FIRST Floor Plan AREAS

© The Copyright of this design is the sole property of ABN Group VIC and there is no implied licence for its use for any purpose. All drawings are representative and to be used as a guide only.

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LIVING

81 LORIMER STREET DOCKLANDS, VIC. 3008 PH: (03) 9674 4500 FAX: (03) 9674 4501

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Boutique Homes – Ascot 36 DOUBLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Plush main suite with the utmost privacy ü Flexible floorplan to accommodate the needs of growing families ü Extended al fresco for added wow factor

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “This delight

strikes the balance between classy and comfortable living.”

F

OR a sophisticated home that ticks all the boxes, you can’t go past Boutique Homes’ Ascot 36. The stylish double-storey home of 35.93 squares has a flexible floorplan to cater to different families’ needs. To the left of the front door is the lounge room, which is followed by a large wooden staircase that ascends to the upper level. A carpeted office adjoins the powder room and linen press, and across the hallway is the formal dining room that can be converted into a theatre or bedroom. The large laundry is cleverly positioned behind the stairs. The hall leads directly into the rear informal living domain, which has wall-to-wall views of the al fresco entertaining area and garden.

The kitchen incorporates an island bench with 40mm Caesarstone benchtops, Ilve appliances (900mm oven with five-burner gas cooktop, rangehood and integrated microwave). garden splashback window, and walk-in pantry with a big prep area. The retreat at the top of the stairs would be perfect for hours of fun for the kids, while the lush main suite is to the right. Separated from the rest of the level, the huge main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and double mirrored robes, and ensuite with a double vanity, freestanding tub, shower with wall niche, and separate toilet. Across from the retreat is a walk-in linen press and the second bedroom with mirrored robes and inbuilt desk. The additional two bedrooms have walk-in robes, while the central bathroom has a bath, shower, vanity with wall-to-wall mirror, and a separate toilet. Tall doors add height while large windows allow ample light to flow through the home. The Ascot 36 is best suited to a 14m x 25m block, and is on display at Cloverton Estate. Also on display at Arcadia Estate, Officer. -MM

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 4 LIVING AREAS, STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $324,300 // BOUTIQUEHOMES.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 107


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Burbank Homes – Hawthorn 395 (Monet facade) WE LOVE

DOUBLE STOREY

ü Main suite and parents retreat ü Superb kitchen ü Larger-than-usual bedrooms

L

ARGER families can double their comfort and easy living options with the Hawthorn 395. To start with, the two-level treat of 43.54 squares has two studies and four separate living areas. Immediately to the left of the entry is the open library, which could easily be used as a study. Next along the hall – and past the open-tread timber staircase – are the walk-in linen press, powder room, a laundry across the hall, and a home theatre. At the rear is the informal living domain that opens on two sides to the al fresco. Highlighted by its walk-in pantry, the kitchen also includes an island bench/breakfast bar, Westinghouse appliances (900mm underbench oven, five-burner gas cooktop, canopy rangehood and dishwasher) and garden splashback window. The staircase, with glass balustrade, ascends to a parents retreat, which is outside the main bedroom suite. The latter has a fitted walk-in robe, dressing table nook, and stylish ensuite featuring a Velux roof window, oversized shower, freestanding bath and separate shower. The level also includes a second study, large rumpus room, three secondary bedrooms with walk-in robes, walk-in linen press, toilet and shared bathroom with corner shower, single vanity and bath. The Hawthorn 395 is suitable for a 16m x 32m block. It is on display at Acacia Estate at Botanic Ridge. -RM

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Space for

larger families won’t be a problem.”

Pictures and floorplan from Armstrong Estate display

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Burbank Homes - Mandalay 437 (Aqua facade) DOUBLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “The charm

of the Mandalay 437 is matched only by the simplicity of its design.”

WE LOVE ü Living downstairs, sleeping upstairs ü All bedrooms with ensuite and walk-in robe ü Dream kitchen

F

AMILIES who appreciate the simpler things in life will be attracted to this timeless design of this double-storey delight. Part of the Elements range, the Mandalay 437 provides 46.99 squares of easy living characterised by the ground-floor living areas and first-floor sleeping level. With the versatility of four living areas, the grand entry introduces us to the library (or study) with feature windows, and a lounge room. The double garage provides access to the galley laundry with walk-in linen press, and across the hall to the powder room. And at the rear is the L-shaped

kitchen, meals and family room. Enhanced by the Smeg appliances (including three ovens, coffee machine, canopy rangehood and five-burner gas cooktop), the kitchen features a large island bench with black Franke sink and integrated dishwasher. The open-tread timber staircase ascends to the front balcony and the first of three double bedrooms with ensuite and walk-in robe. Each has a shower, toilet and single vanity. There’s also a laundry chute. A rumpus room sits in the middle of the top level, with a bench seat providing a place to read. The rear main suite includes walk-in robes on either side and a twin-skylight ensuite with freestanding bath, double shower, toilet and twin-basin floating vanity. The Mandalay 437 is suitable for a 16m x 30m block. It is on display at Berwick Waters Estate. -RM

4 BEDROOMS, 4.5 BATHROOMS, 4 LIVING AREAS, STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $371,690 // BURBANK.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 109


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Carlisle Homes – Montpellier 51 (Newport facade) DOUBLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Ensuites and walk-in robes in every bedroom ü Activity area with balcony access ü Cosy theatre with plush carpeting, soft lighting and plantation shutters

S URBAN LIFE SAYS: “The lush

Montpellier 51 is the crème de la crème of affordable luxury.”

TEP inside the Montpellier 51, and it won’t be long before the wow factor hits. Part of Carlisle’s Affinity collection, the 50.03-square family home epitomises affordable luxury. The elegant study has a built-in desk, shelving and French windows, while the lounge has a fireplace. Across from the powder room and extra-large laundry is an open-tread staircase that ascends to the upper level. Upstairs are the study nook and activity area with balcony access, three bedrooms with desks, walk-in robes and ensuites, and a walkway that leads to the vast main suite with balcony. It includes a huge walk-in robe and cleverly designed ensuite with spa, large shower, twin vanities and a separate toilet. Back downstairs and a cosy theatre keeps things snug before you walk into the informal living zone. The luxurious kitchen is decked out with Technika appliances, while wine racks above the fridge, downlights along the counter, an island bench and butler’s pantry enhance its appeal. The dining room opens to the al fresco (with fan and fireplace) via sliding doors, as does the living room. – MM

4 BEDROOMS, 4 BATHROOMS, 4 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $400,900 // CARLISLEHOMES.COM.AU 110 // URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


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Dennis Family Homes – Balmoral 403 DOUBLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Guest suite downstairs for blended living ü Main suite’s walk-through robe and luxe ensuite ü Al fresco areas that wrap around the home for outdoor entertaining

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “The

Balmoral 403 is the ideal home for the blended family.”

T

HIS comfortable double-storey delight is the family home of the future. To the right of the entry is the guest bedroom suite, which is resplendent with high windows for light, a spacious walk-in wardrobe and plush carpeting. The guest bathroom has a shower with quality grate, floating single-basin vanity and highlight windows for ample light to shine through while maintaining privacy. As you move through the house, a games room with double doors for noise control is on the left. To the right of the timber staircase with glass balustrade is the laundry, which accesses the courtyard. Beyond is the informal living domain that opens to the U-shaped al fresco area. Framed by picture windows, the feature-packed kitchen is designed to please with the fridge, microwave, dishwasher and double sink all within

easy reach of each other. Highlighted by the L-shaped island bench, the kitchen includes a huge butler’s pantry with sliding door, wine rack, large oven with five-burner gas cooktop and glass-andstainless steel rangehood. The kitchen flows seamlessly into the study, family and meals area. Upstairs is the retreat, which opens to the balcony. It sits alongside the double-door entry to the lush main suite, complete with a walk-through robe and an ensuite with large spa bath, rain shower, double-basin vanity and a cleverly placed towel rail. Each of the other three light-filled bedrooms have a walk-in robe. They share the large bathroom with a shower, bath, vanity and toilet. Available in five sizes ranging from 36.95 squares to 50.27 squares, the Balmoral reviewed is suitable for a 14m x 28m block. –MM

4 OR 5 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 3 OR 4 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $339,400 // DENNISFAMILY.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 111


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Eight Homes – Emden 2-37 (P5 facade) DOUBLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Central staircase hidden from view ü Versatile design for multigenerational families ü Easy indoor-outdoor access

L URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Gotta lotta

living to do? Look no further …”

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IFE - and everyday living - is meant to be easy within Eight Homes’ Emden 2-37. With the flexibility of four living areas and a downstairs guest bedroom, the 38.21-square residence will appeal to those with families across several generations. Immediately to the left of the entry is a compact study with vertical windows. Further along the hall is the guest bedroom, which has mirrored robes and an ensuite featuring a corner shower, single vanity and toilet, and a powder room. Across the hall is a galley-style laundry. An angled entry accesses the traditional rear living domain of kitchen, meals area and family room – all of which are complemented by a rumpus room. The kitchen is equipped with Omega stainless-steel appliances (900mm underbench oven, five-burner gas cooktop, fixed rangehood and integrated microwave), walk-in pantry, glass splashbacks and stone benchtops with etched drainage grates. The meals area and rumpus room both access the al fresco. The open-tread staircase leads directly into the upstairs retreat with potential study nook. The main bedroom suite, resplendent with balcony access, walk-in robe and large ensuite, is to the right. Three bedrooms with built-in robes (one has small walk-in robe) share the large family bathroom, which includes a toilet, corner shower and bath. The Emden 2-37 is suitable for a 12.5m-wide block. -RM

// PRICE: FROM $294,900 // 8HOMES.COM.AU


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Eight Homes - Utani 4-41 WE LOVE

DOUBLE STOREY

ü Servery window into al fresco from butler’s pantry ü Dream laundry with walk-in linen press ü Extra-large main bedroom suite

D URBAN LIFE SAYS: “There’s a

space for every family member in this double-storey delight.”

OUBLE up on your family’s comfort and privacy with this two-level treat that has four distinct living areas. Formerly known as the d-Five, the Utani 4-41 will attract those with adult children or extended family. The 42.28-square dwelling has a wide entry, to the right of which is a living room. Next along the hall are a study, a tiered theatre room and the clever understairs powder room. The full-width rear living domain opens to an al fresco area. The chic kitchen includes a Caesarstone-topped island bench, glass splashback, Omega stainlesssteel appliances (900mm underbench oven, five-burner gas cooktop, integrated rangehood, dishwasher) and a walk-in pantry with shelving and servery window into the al fresco. The light-filled laundry has the bonus of a walk-in linen press. Back to the entry and a Tasmanian oak staircase ascends to the upper level. Besides the rumpus room (which has enough space for a study nook), the upstairs level includes three kids bedrooms with walk-in robes, bathroom, separate toilet and a walk-in linen press. The luxurious main bedroom suite has a spacious walk-in robe that could double as a dressing room, ensuite with shower, toilet and twin-basin vanity, extra wardrobes and large space for a seating area. It accesses the breakfast balcony. The Utani 4-41 is suitable for a 14m-wide block. -TC

4 BEDROOMS, 2.5 BATHROOMS, 4 LIVING AREAS, 1.5 STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $285,900 // 8HOMES.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 113


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Fairhaven Homes – Newport 361 DOUBLE STOREY

(Ashmond facade)

WE LOVE ü Flexible floorplan to upgrade the number of bedrooms from 5 to 7 ü Ingenious partitions that create privacy in open spaces ü Plush carpet throughout this luxe family home

C URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A cosy

home for the family that values their privacy.”

LEVERLY combining open-plan living with privacy, the Newport 361 is perfect for the blended family. The 36.31-square dwelling by Fairhaven Homes has the living room at the front of the home, across from the wooden staircase leading to the next level. To the right is a powder room with separate sink and mirror, and a laundry with double storage, large sink and external access. A passage takes you into the main family room, kitchen, dining and theatre. The family room has a built-in fireplace, and a support beam with shelving that cleverly separates it from the kitchen and dining areas. The L-shaped kitchen is stacked with Westinghouse appliances, including a five-burner gas cooktop and rangehood, oven, microwave and Dishlex dishwasher. The breakfast bar has a double sink with a spray tap. A walk-in pantry sits to the side, while the dining area looks out onto the al fresco. Blackout curtains and double sliding doors ensure privacy in the theatre. Upstairs is a study with plantation shutters, and a comfy rumpus room. The cosy main suite has an ensuite with a double shower, double vanity and toilet. The walk-through wardrobe has full-length mirrored robes. Glass throughout allows for ample light and warmth, while the uber-plush carpet is a standout. Two of the four remaining bedrooms have mirrored robes, while the other two have double robes. The shared bathroom is large, with a shower, tub and vanity. It is next to the separate powder room. The Newport 361 is suited to a 14m x 32m block. It is displayed at Merrifield. -MM

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Fairhaven Homes – Tathra 350

F

DOUBLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Large picture windows for ample light

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Pairing

open-plan living with the option of privacy, the Tathra 350 is both chic and practical.”

ü Two-way bathroom in guest bedroom ü Well-designed study nook

AMILY living just got easier with the Tathra 350. The 35-square house by Fairhaven Homes has been built with style and functionality in mind, and is packed with handy storage additions for the growing family. The guest bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite that doubles as a two-way bathroom for the downstairs level. It has a shower with wall niche, toilet, floating vanity with wall-to-wall mirror, stylish basin and sliding door access to the rest of the house. The theatre comes with inbuilt speakers, while the galley laundry has external access and plenty of shelving. The L-shaped living domain is where it all happens. The picture window in the living room adds abundant light, which also extends from the central al fresco into the meals area. The kitchen is equipped with an island bench, glass splashback, Westinghouse stainless-steel appliances (freestanding 900mm stainless-steel oven with fiveburner gas cooktop, dishwasher and microwave) and a walk-in pantry. The dining room also has a large picture window and stackable sliding door access to the al fresco for outdoor dining. Back inside and the carpeted stairs ascends to a small passage, to the left of which is the main bedroom suite. It is resplendent with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite with nicheenhanced shower, toilet, floating double vanity, towel rack and a wall-to-wall mirror. The three secondary bedrooms have mirrored robes, while the shared bathroom has a tub, recessed sink in the floating vanity, shower, towel rack, mirror and separate toilet. The spacious retreat and a study nook with inbuilt wall desks complete the floorplan. The Tathra 350 is best suited to a 12.5m block and is now on display in Jubilee Estate, Wyndham Vale. -MM

5 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHROOMS, 3 LIVING AREAS, STUDY NOOK, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $281,100 // FAIRHAVENHOMES.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 115


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Hamlan Homes – Roadknight 286 DOUBLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A surprise

package that will attract families of all sizes.”

WE LOVE DECK/ ENTERTAINING

ALFRESCO

LIVING

MEALS

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3.2m x 4.5m

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ERSATILITY, comfort and timeless design combine effortlessly to house different generations in style under one roof. The light-filled foyer and void provides a fitting introduction to the style and substance that lies beyond in the 33.8-square Roadknight 286. The front lounge room or study is perfect as a quiet space, particularly as the sliding door in the hall allows privacy from the main living areas. It complements the guest suite with mirrored robes and the bathroom featuring a frameless double shower, single vanity with raised basin and toilet. Across the hall is the spacious main

bedroom suite. A walk-in robe precedes the ensuite, which includes a large shower, single vanity and toilet. A linen press, which is next to the central laundry, houses a laundry chute. It provides two-way access to the walk-in pantry and kitchen. Equipped with soft-closing drawers, mirrored splashback and Smeg stainless-steel appliances (oven, five-burner gas cooktop, dishwasher and integrated microwave), it also has feature lights, garden splashback window and breakfast bar. It overlooks the spacious meals and living domain, which opens through two sets of sliding doors to the full-width and partially covered deck. The carpeted staircase with stair lights ascends to a large rumpus room and the first of three children’s bedrooms with built-in robes. A walk-in linen press, toilet and bathroom complete the floorplan. The floorplan comes with options for extra storage, a side deck and a powder room.

13.3 m 5 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHROOMS, 3 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $364,000 // HAMLAN.COM.AU

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Henley – Emperor 48 (Somerton facade) WE LOVE

DOUBLE STOREY

ü Lush main suite with dressing table, walk-in robe and balcony

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A villa-

inspired family home that caters to all the needs of a busy household.”

ü Direct access to expansive butler’s pantry from the garage ü Walk-in linen press in main bathroom

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EMPEROR 48 MASTER PLAN 4288 Ground Floor House Area Garage Area Porch Area Alfresco Area First Floor House Area Total Floor Area

195.0 m² 37.6 m² 4.3 m² 21.2 m² 193.3 m² 48.59 SQ /451.4 m²

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W.I.R BED 3

BED 4

3900 x 3500

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BATH

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4130 x 3300

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19660mm

PANTRY

ALANCING luxe chic and functionality with aplomb, the Emperor 48 has all the trimmings of a royal abode. An open-tread staircase with glass balustrade greets you as you enter the 48.59-square residence, with an open study and a secluded theatre to the left. A powder room with raised basin is next to the walk-in linen press, and links with the walk-through laundry. Timber features add warmth to the informal living domain. The family room has a Heat ‘N’ Glo fireplace, while a breakfast bar extends from the island bench. The kitchen is stocked with Smeg appliances, while the butler’s pantry has a garden splashback window and direct access to the garage for ease with transporting groceries. The upstairs level houses the chic main suite with balcony. Plantation shutters divide the bedroom and ensuite, which features a freestanding tub, double shower, double vanity with raised basins and toilet. There is also a dressing table next to the fitted walk-in robe. The rest of the upper level is made up of a leisure space, powder room, three bedrooms with walk-in robes, shared bathroom with double vanity, tub, and large shower, and a walk-in linen press. –MM

P'DR

ENS

THEATRE 4190 x 4890

W.C 2

ENTRY

GARAGE

MASTER SUITE

STUDY

6500 x 4640

4190 x 4750

PORCH

GROUND FLOOR

FIRST FLOOR

14410mm

11410mm

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 5 LIVING AREAS, STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $365,900 // HENLEY.COM.AU House dimensions relate to the Broadway facade and will increase or decrease depending on facade chosen. All measurements in millimeters unless otherwise stated.

URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 117


D I S P L AY H O M E

Henley – Lonsdale 35 (Duke facade) DOUBLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Every day

feels like a holiday, with the resort-style luxury.”

LO

LONSDALELONSDALE 35 MASTER35 PLAN MASTER PLAN 161.8 m² 36.7 m² 4.9 m² 15.9 m² 111.3 m² 35.59 SQ /330.6 m²

and a passage to the right leads into the ALFRESCO ALFRESCO main suite. The latter includes a walk-in robe, chic ensuite with bath, twin-basin vanity, LIVING LIVING corner shower and toilet, and sliding MASTER SUITE door that opens to a deck for a glass of bubbly or spot for quiet reading. The understated elegance of the former makes the most of its simple DINING DINING ENS layout. It includes the dining and living area (which open through stackable W.C doors to the al fresco), and the timeless KITCHEN KITCHEN kitchen featuring Smeg appliances (twin W.I.R 600mm ovens, integrated dishwasher BUTLER'S BUTLER'S and microwave, glass and stainlessPANTRY PANTRY P'DR P'DR L'DRY steel canopy rangehood and five-burner GARAGE GARAGE W.I.L STORE gas cooktop), glass splashback and walk-in pantry, The staircase ascends to a study THEATRE nook and a vast leisure zone. ENTRY ENTRY A second powder room, linen press, three bedrooms (two with walk-in robes) and bathroom complete the second floor. PORCH PORCH The Lonsdale 35 is suitable for a 14m GROUND FLOOR GROUND FLOOR x 30m block. 5290 x 3000

4810 x 4000

ü Full-width deck ü Resort-style main bedroom suite

E

NJOY the best of relaxed family living in this Henley gem that provides a villa feel with all the comforts of home. Highlighted by a downstairs main suite that provides a haven for busy parents, the 35.59-square Lonsdale 35 impresses on many levels. The covered entry leads into the central hall, to the right of which is the theatre with privacy screen. Further along the hall are the garage access and powder room to one side and a walk-in linen press and storagepacked galley laundry to the right. Straight ahead is the living domain,

5290 x 3000

4810 x 4000

MASTER SUITE

4210 x 4820

4810 x 3000

4210 x 4820

4810 x 3000

ENS

W.I.R BED 3 LINEN

BED 2

LINEN

W.I.R

BATH w/m

BATH P'DR 2

ROBE

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12080mm

BED 3

3000 x 35

BED 4

3500 x 3000

P'DR 2

BED 4

W.I.L

STUDY

STUDY

2180 x 2770

STORE

3500 x 300

ROBE

L'DRY

2180 x 2770

THEATRE 3830 x 4070

LEISURE

LEISURE

5870 x 4460

FIRST FLOOR

5870 x 4460

FIRST FLOOR

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 5 LIVING AREAS, STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $303,900 // HENLEY.COM.AU 12080mm

W.I.R

3030 x 3500 3000 x 3500

W.C

w/m

3830 x 4070

W.I.R

W.I.R BED 2

3030 x 3500

14390mm

Ground Floor House Area 161.8 m² Garage Area 36.7 m² Porch Area 4.9 m² Alfresco Area 15.9 m² First Floor House Area 111.3 m² Total Floor Area 35.59 SQ /330.6 m²

23510mm

ü Extended bench space in kitchen

4380

Ground Floor House Area Garage Area Porch Area Alfresco Area First Floor House Area Total Floor Area

23510mm

WE LOVE

4380

9590mm

House dimensions relate to the Broadway House facade dimensions and will increase relate to or thedecrease Broadway depending facade and on will facade increase chosen. or decrease All measurements depending in on millimeters facade unless chosen. otherwise All measurements stated. in millimeters unless otherwise stated.

9590mm


D I S P L AY H O M E

Liberty Homes – Wall Street 44 WE LOVE

DOUBLE STOREY

ü Luxurious main suite with balcony

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “All the

ü Downstairs guest suite

ingredients for family comfort, par excellence.”

ü Step-down informal living

T

12.88m WIDE

12.88m WIDE

ALFRESCO

ALFRESCO

9.15 x 3.19

VERANDAH

9.15 x 3.19

VERANDAH

9.00 x 3.43

9.00 x 3.43

MEALS

LIVING MEALS

3.04 x 6.00

3.04 x 6.00 3.04 x 6.00

LIVING

3.04 x 6.00

GAS LOG FIRE

GAS LOG FIRE

ENS. MASTER SUITE

ENS.

MASTER SUITE

5.15 x 5.82

5.15 x 5.82

W.I.R. KITCHEN

KITCHEN

PANTRY

PANTRY

22.47m LONG

2.60 x 6.00

22.47m LONG

AKE luxury living for your entire family to the next level with this two-level treat from Liberty Homes. Designed to accommodate extended family with its downstairs guest suite (with walk-in robe and chic ensuite) and adjoining sitting room, the 43.7-square dwelling is characterised by high ceilings, quality fittings and excellent storage. Steps descend to the rear informal living domain and fullwidth al fresco, which are serviced by the two-way powder room with external access. The family room features a Real Flame gas log fire, while the showpiece kitchen integrates a small butler’s pantry, stonetopped benchtops, mirrored glass splashbacks, island bench/ breakfast bar and Kleenmaid appliances (twin 600mm underbench ovens, five-burner gas cooktop, fixed rangehood). Back in the hall and the carpeted staircase ascends to a large retreat. It complements the three large bedrooms with built-in robes, toilet and sleek bathroom featuring a freestanding black bath, single vanity with raised basin, heat lamp and oversized frameless glass shower. But the piece de resistance is the main suite. Opening to a fullwidth balcony, the suite includes a fitted walk-in robe and ensuite highlighted by matte-black tapware, twin-basin vanity, toilet and walkin shower with frameless glass screen. The Wall Street 44 is suitable for a 15m x 31m block and is on display at Clydevale Estate. -RM

W.I.R.

2.60 x 6.00

PWD.

BATH

PWD. RETREAT

DN

L'DRY LINEN

LINEN

5.15 x 3.88

DN

L'DRY

ENS.

W.I.R.

UP

DN

ENS.

BATH

RETREAT 5.15 x 3.88 WC

WC

DN

W.I.R. UP

BED 4

DOUBLE GARAGE 6.00 x 6.00

BED 4

3.80 x 3.60

DOUBLE GARAGE

3.80 x 3.60

6.00 x 6.00

GUEST SUITE 4.20 x 3.50

GUEST SUITE 4.20 x 3.50

BED 3

BED 3

3.80 x 3.60

ENTRY

ENTRY SITTING 4.20 x 3.50

PORCH

3.80 x 3.60

BED 2

3.80 x 3.60

SITTING

BED 2

3.80 x 3.60

4.20 x 3.50

PORCH

STATISTICS AREA

LIVING: GARAGE: PORCH: ALFRESCO: VERANDAH:

TOTAL:

STATISTICS

sq's m2 AREA

302.1 42.6 3.3 29.1 30.4

32.5 LIVING: GARAGE: 4.6 PORCH: 0.4 ALFRESCO: 3.1 VERANDAH: 3.1

407.5 TOTAL: 43.7

m2

sq's

302.1 42.6 3.3 29.1 30.4

32.5 4.6 0.4 3.1 3.1

407.5

43.7

WALL STREET WALL 43 STREET

5 BEDROOMS, 3.5 BATHROOMS, 3 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: $688,000 AS DISPLAYED // LIBERTYHOMES.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 119


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Long Island Homes - Hampton 500 WE LOVE ü Expansive balcony accessed via the main bedroom.

DOUBLE STOREY

ü Butler’s pantry with stone benchtops and garden outlook ü Soaring ceilings that add dimension and drama

L

ARGE families seeking a touch of luxury need look no further than the Hampton 500. From its imposing rendered facade and glossy stone-paved foyer to its distant backyard, the 50.29-square house exudes opulence and growth potential for any-sized family. Soaring ceilings, louvred windows and pendant lighting in the lounge room enhance the dramatic effect. A theatre or sitting room is to the right of the entry and complements the guest bedroom with mirrored robes and ensuite. The dining room overlooks a large garden and, to the right, a covered deck. A marble-topped island bench, Smeg appliances (freestanding 900mm oven, extra wall oven and built-in ice-maker), and butler’s pantry with garden splashback window, add to the upscale appeal. A spacious laundry on the opposite side features excellent storage. Upstairs, a glass-framed, woolcarpeted walkway joins the two living zones. Towards the front is a galleystyle study with slatted wood-frame screen, and main bedroom with balcony, walk-in robe/dressing room and louvred ensuite with curved bath. The remaining bedrooms, each with walk-in robes and ensuites, and a TV or reading zone, are sited towards the rear. The Hampton 500 is suitable for a 14m-wide block. It is on display at Upper Point Cook Estate, Point Cook. -NB

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Big on style

and substance, the Hampton 500 will win many hearts.”

5 BEDROOMS, 5 BATHROOMS, 4 LIVING AREAS, STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $399,900 // LONGISLANDHOMES.COM.AU 120 // URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


D I S P L AY H O M E

Long Island Homes – Lorne 410 (Cove facade) WE LOVE ü Massive butler’s pantry with servery window

DOUBLE STOREY

ü Large retreat with private study nook ü Stunning main suite

L

ET the games begin in this two-level treasure of 40.83 squares that is designed for entertaining. The front study is next to the sunken home theatre. The hall continues past the large laundry with walk-in linen press and powder room and into the vast informal living domain. The family room with fireplace and meals area with a massive picture window open to the al fresco via stackable doors. Enhanced by a garden splashback window, the stone-topped kitchen includes Smeg appliances (900mm freestanding oven, five-burner gas cooktop, canopy rangehood and dishwasher), island bench featuring a twin sink with spray tap, and butler’s pantry. A timber staircase ascends to a large retreat and private study nook in the opposite corner. To the right is the full-width main suite with a fitted walk-in robe, large breakfast balcony and sliding doors to the ensuite featuring a freestanding bath, oversized shower with wall niche, separate toilet and highlight window above the double vanity. To the left are three bedrooms with small walk-in robes, walk-in linen press, powder room and shared bathroom featuring a corner shower with wall niche, bath, single vanity and heat lamp. The Lorne 410 is displayed at Armstrong Estate at Armstrong Creek. -RM

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A haven for

working, relaxing and entertaining on any level.”

4 BEDROOMS, 2.5 BATHROOMS, 4 LIVING AREAS, 2 STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $337,900 // LONGISLANDHOMES.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 121


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Long Island Homes – Madrid 430 WE LOVE

DOUBLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “The ultimate

double-storey entertaining home.”

ü All bedrooms with an ensuite and walk-in robe ü Two study areas ü Three-fold access to the al fresco

E

XUDING charm from every centimetre of its 42.67-square layout, the Madrid 430 is a double-storey delight. The front study has shelving above the workstation, and is next to the lounge with a fireplace and vertical windows and nearby powder room. The tiered theatre with plantation shutters is across from the laundry and walk-in linen press. The latter has access to the walk-through butler’s pantry with splashback window. The kitchen, living and dining rooms each have sliding doors that open to the L-shaped al fresco for easy entertaining. Enhanced by an island bench/ breakfast bar, the kitchen has a garden splashback window, Smeg appliances (five-burner gas cooktop, canopy rangehood, 900mm underbench oven and integrated dishwasher) and double fridge space. The open-tread staircase with glass balustrade ascends to the rumpus and study nook. To the right are double doors to the main suite with private balcony and fitted walk-through robe. The ensuite has a separate toilet, double rain shower with niche, freestanding tub and double vanity. The three remaining bedrooms each have a walk-in robe and ensuite, while two linen presses complete the level. The Madrid 430 is on display in Merrifield Estate, Mickleham. -MM

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 4 LIVING AREAS, 2 STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $345,000 // LONGISLANDHOMES.COM.AU 122 // URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


D I S P L AY H O M E

Metricon – Glendale 45 WE LOVE

DOUBLE STOREY

ü Functional flow of butler’s pantry into kitchen ü Designated “wet zone” with laundry and powder room ü Main suite and bedrooms away from central living areas

C

Glendale 45

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Radiating

as Displayed at Clyde North

class from all angles, the Glendale 45 has luxe living written all over it.”

OUTDOOR ROOM RUMPUS

BEDROOM 4

DINING

KITCHEN

ONTEMPORARY living at its finest, the Glendale 45 is the ultimate family home. This 45.16-square house ticks the boxes for brilliant design and luxury living. A sitting room with fireplace is at the front, while a linen press, powder room and laundry are further down the entry hall. To the right of the stairs is a study with built-in desk. Beyond is the informal living hub of family room, meals area and expansive kitchen, and a rear rumpus room. A walk-in pantry - with space for a double fridge - flows into the main kitchen, which includes Technika appliances (900mm underbench oven, five-burner gas cooktop, dishwasher and microwave), stone-topped island bench/breakfast bar and glass splashback. Upstairs is the leisure area that is next to the main suite. The latter has a balcony, walk-through robe with mirrored robes, and an ensuite with double vanity, shower, highlight window and separate toilet. To the left of the stairs are two bedrooms with mirrored robes, a shared bathroom and another two bedrooms at the back with walk-in robes. The Glendale 45 is best suited to a 14m-wide lot and is now on display in Clydevale Estate at Clyde North. -MM

FAMILY

W.I.R.

W.I.R.

BEDROOM 5

BATHROOM

BEDROOM 3 W.C. robe

LEISURE

PANTRY

STUDY

BEDROOM 2

LAUNDRY

PDR.

ENSUITE

W.C.

DOUBLE GARAGE SITTING

ENTRY W.I.R.

BALCONY

PORTICO

Ground Floor Plan

House Area:

MASTER SUITE

First Floor Plan

356.12 m² (38.33 sq’s)

Total Area:

427.08 m² (45.97 sq’s)

Area: 38.67 m² (4.16 sq’s) Total Length: 24.11 m 5 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 4 LIVING AREAS, STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // Garage PRICE: FROM $322,000 // METRICON.COM.AU Portico Area: 8.96 m² (0.96 sq’s) Total Width: 12.59 m Outdoor Area: Balcony Area:

16.20 m² 7.13 m²

(1.75 sq’s) (0.77 sq’s)

URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 123


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Metricon Homes - La Pyrenee 68 DOUBLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Feature-packed, Dectontopped kitchen and galley

has been spared to create this masterpiece.”

53

42

3

2

OUTDOOR ROOM

DINING

DINING

sliding door

FAMILY

KITCHEN

P’TRY linen

KITCHEN

P’TRY linen

LAUNDRY

SITTING

W.C. ENSUITEPDR. /

BEDROOM 5

LAUNDRY

SITTING

GALLERY

GALLERY

W.C.

ENSUITEPDR. / UP

UP

BEDROOM 5 ENTRY

PERGOLA

B’PANTRY

FAMILY

B’PANTRY

sliding door

PERGOLA PORTICO

DOUBLE GARAGE ENTRY

PERGOLA PORTICO

DOUBLE GARAGE

PERGOLA

GROUND FLOOR GROUND FLOOR

L

FIRST FLOORFIRST FLOOR

5 BEDROOMS, 4.5 BATHROOMS, 4 LIVING AREAS, STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $850,000 // METRICON.COM.AU

ENSIONS HOME DIMENSIONS

a

sliding door

sliding door

OUTDOOR ROOM

sliding door

sliding door

ü Downstairs guest suite with two-way bathroom

UXURY on a grand scale best describes Metricon’s showpiece Balwyn property, which exemplifies timeless elegance with a distinct French fits fits Baroque flavour. 16.3m* 16.3m* block width block More widththan 68 squares of opulence, the double-storey delight will attract those who appreciate the finer things in life. Exhibiting the 3m ceilings on both levels that are standard in the Signature range, the La Pyrenee 68 provides focal W.I.R. W.I.R. W.I.R. W.I.R. points through each of its countless BEDROOM 4 BEDROOM 4 BEDROOM 3 BEDROOM 3 windows. Beyond the scored facade with PDR. W.I.L. ENSUITE PDR. W.I.L. ENSUITE Corinthian columns, arched windows and BATH BATH wrought-iron juliet balconies, the doubleW.I.R. W.I.R. door entry opens to a grand foyer with STUDY STUDY moulded timber wall panels, and beyond BEDROOM 2 BEDROOM 2 to a sweeping wrought-iron staircase. To the right of the entry is the formal lounge, while the charming guest bedroom suite is to the left. LEISURE LEISURE DN DN Resplendent with French door access GALLERY GALLERY to the garden courtyard, the suite has a wall of wardrobes and access to the twoENSUITE ENSUITE way bathroom. W.C. W.C. The latter is equipped with oversized shower (with large wall niche), separate W.I.R. W.I.R. toilet and twin-basin floating vanity with MASTER BEDROOM MASTER BEDROOM handle-free cabinets and gold tapware. It is next to the sitting room, which has full-height Decton panels on either side BALCONY BALCONY of the central viewing area. The vast informal living and dining

YRENEE LA PYRENEE 68 68

4

ü Dream walk-in robe/dressing room with strip lighting, shoe racks

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “No expense

domain opens on both sides to the al fresco, while the sumptuous kitchen has to be seen to be believed. Highlighted by Decton benchtops and splashbacks melded with garden windows, the kitchen has an extra-long island bench, soft-closing drawers with ‘secret’ compartments, aged-bronze patella door furniture, integrated Qasair rangehood, pull-out bin with recycling and food scrap divisions, push-button (automated) cabinets and Teka twin ovens and five-element induction cooktop. The neighbouring prep kitchen includes tower ovens (one is a steam oven), integrated dishwasher, four-burner gas cooktop and open shelving with strip lighting. A galley-style laundry completes the ground level. The hardwood staircase ascends to a large retreat, which has the bonus of a large wine display cabinet and Vintec wine fridge. The retreat is next to an open study with custom-made screen. The full-width main suite is at the front. Enhanced by a fireplace – behind which is the dream walk-in robe/dressing room with hanging space, open shelving, drawers and pull-out shoe racks. Its practicality and understated style is replicated in the ensuite, which has a raised bath, oversized shower with twin showerheads and floating vanity with twin basins. The rear of the upstairs level includes three secondary bedrooms, each of which have double doors, walk-in robes and feature light fittings. Two share a ‘Brady Bunch’ bathroom and the third has an ensuite. It is suitable for a 16.3m-wide block. La Pyrenee is on display at 298 Balwyn Rd, Balwyn.

ROOM DIMENSIONS ROOM DIMENSIONS

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House Area 58.22 squares 58.22 Family squares

Family

Garage Area 4.53 squares

Dining

4.53 Dining squares

OTHER DESIGN OTHER OPTIONS DESIGN OPTIONS

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D I S P L AY H O M E

Metricon – Merricks 37 WE LOVE

DOUBLE STOREY

ü Dream main bedroom suite ü Clear separation of the three living areas ü Style and substance in the informal living domain

C URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Entertaining

will be a breeze in this family-friendly abode.”

GRAND OUTDOOR ROOM OUTDOOR ROOM robe

KITCHEN

sliding door

W.I.L.

LINEN W.I.L. PWDR

linen

BEDROOM 3

BEDROOM 2

robe

W.C.

DOUBLE GARAGE robe

robe

robe

ENTRY ENTRY

STUDY

MASTER SUITE

W.I.R.

robe

LIVING

W.I.R. DOUBLE GARAGE

STUDY

W.C. robe

PWDR

W.C.

LIVING PWDR/ENS

GUEST/BED 5

BATHROOM

PANTRY PANTRY

broom

ENSUITE

LAUNDRY

LAUNDRY

W.I.R.

LEISURE PWDR

linen

broom sliding door door

FAMILY

BEDROOM 4

robe

robe

DINING

OASTAL living for families has never been more stylish than the sheer simplicity of Metricon’s Merricks 37. Winner of the 2015 MBAV Western Victoria Display Home of the Year (then priced as $300,000-$350,000), the two-level abode is inspired by the beauty of Merricks Beach. The 36.81-square dwelling has a wide entry hall that accesses the study and living room to the right and the garage to the left. A powder room, laundry and walk-in linen press form the central hub before leading into the rear informal living zone and beyond to the outdoor room. The stylish kitchen incorporates a walk-in pantry, Technika stainlesssteel appliances (900mm oven, built-in microwave and dishwasher), and garden splashback window. The staircase passes the full-height windows on its way to the central leisure area, bathroom, separate toilet and three secondary bedrooms with robes. The main bedroom suite will be a dream come true for many, with its vast walk-in robe/dressing room and ensuite with twin-basin vanity, large shower and separate toilet. Within the award-winning Armstrong community, the estate comes with the residents-only Club Armstrong (pools, tennis courts, gym, cafe and function rooms), direct access to Geelong Ring Road and Armstrong Creek train station, 30km of walking and cycling tracks, 24ha of parks and open space, and immediate optic-fibre internet connections. The Merricks 37 suits a 14m x 28m block. –RM

PORTICO PORTICO

GROUND FLOOR FIRST FLOOR 4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 3 LIVING AREAS, STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $390,000 // METRICON.COM.AU

URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 125


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Porter Davis – Charlton 33 DOUBLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Affordable

luxury and perfect for entertaining.”

WE LOVE ü Grand main bedroom with his-and-hers walk-in robes and ensuite ü Spacious kitchen perfect for all entertainment ü Private home theatre

BED 3 MEALS

KITCHEN

BATH

BED 4

FAMILY

BED 2 PTRY

F

STUDY NOOK

STUDY NOOK

DINING

GAMES

LDRY

WIR PDR

HERS ENS ENTRY

LOUNGE MASTER BEDROOM

GARAGE

PORCH

STUDY

HIS

AMILIES can entertain in style in this double-storey home that epitomises clever design. With the bonus of a study nook on each level and three living areas, the Charlton 33 by Porter Davis provides 33.01 squares of easy living. Essentially, the ground level is for everyday living, while the first floor is for relaxing and sleeping. The grand double-door entry opens to a study and home theatre, which will suit those working from home without disturbing the rest of the family. The design can also be tweaked to accommodate a guest bedroom in this space. A central staircase and powder room precede the L-shaped informal living domain.

The kitchen is well equipped with a walk-in pantry and island bench that also serves as a breakfast bar. Cleaning up could not be easier with the double sinks and optional third sink in the butler’s pantry. There is also a laundry next to the kitchen, and the option of creating an al fresco off the family room. Upstairs, the games room divides the main bedroom suite from the other three bedrooms. The luxurious main bedroom includes twin walk-in robes and ensuite with double sinks, a large shower and a tub to soak in. Bedroom two also has a walk-in robe, while bedrooms three and four feature suitable built-in robes. Part of the Advantage range, the Charlton 33 suits a minimum block size of 14m x 28m. The Charlton 33 is on display at Highgrove Estate, Clyde North, and several other locations. – TC

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 3 LIVING AREAS, STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $270,900 // PORTERDAVIS.COM.AU 126 // URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


D I S P L AY H O M E

Porter Davis - Hoffman Villa 37 (Lonsdale facade) WE LOVE

DOUBLE STOREY

ü Multifunctional island bench ü Understairs laundry ü Split-level option for sloping blocks

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Step inside

for a whole new level of easy living.”

THE

4

HOFFMAN VILLA 37

3

2

Land Min. Lot Width#: Min. Lot Depth#:

WITH BALMAIN FAÇADE

BED 4 FAMILY

KITCHEN

2

12.5m+ | 41ft+ 30.0m+ | 98ft 42in+

BED 4

BED 3

GALLEY

GALLEY

DINING

PTRY

STUDY

BATH

WC BATH

WC

WIL

WIL

BED 2

BED 2

PTRY

VOID PDR

BED 3

KITCHEN

DINING

STUDY

1

DESIGNED TO SUIT

STANDARD FLOORPLAN

FAMILY

1

House (width x length): 11.50m x 19.50m

VOID

PDR MUD

FOYER MUD

FOYER

LAUNDRY

GAMES

LAUNDRY

GAMES MWIR 2

ENTRY

HOME THEATRE ENTRY

MWIR 1

HOME THEATRE

GARAGE

ENSUITE WC

GARAGE

PORCH

Room Sizes

MWIR 1 MASTER BEDROOM

ENSUITE

WC

PORCH

MASTER BEDROOM

5 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 3 LIVING AREAS, STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $341,900 // PORTERDAVIS.COM.AU Available Sizes Specifications

Master Bedroom

4.5 x 5.0m

Dining

2.2 x 3.8m

Ground Floor

142.21m2

15.42sq

Hoffman Villa 37

Hoffman 34

Bedroom 2

3.5 x 3.9m

Games

3.7 x 4.8m

First Floor

155.86m2

16.78sq

Hoffman 28

Hoffman 34B

Bedroom 3

3.5 x 3.9m

Home Theatre

3.6 x 5.9m

Garage

37.86m

4.08sq

Hoffman 29

Hoffman 39

Bedroom 4

3.6 x 3.9m

Study

3.4 x 2.4m

Porch

5.24m2

0.56sq

Family

4.3 x 6.0m

Total

342.17m2

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LEVER design touches add panache and practicality to the 36.83 squares of easy living that is the Hoffman Villa 37. The front sitting room provides a quiet space complemented by its Heat ‘N’ Glo fireplace with marble surround. Designed to overcome the issue of lower garage heights with sloping blocks, the split-level additions of a powder room, linen press and mudroom cleverly link the garage with the rest of the home. Equally memorable is the L-shaped laundry under the stairs. But the informal living domain is where the design shines brightest. Complete with a study nook to one side, the light-filled family living and dining zone opens to the chic al fresco via the living room. However, it’s the multifunctional island bench (breakfast bar, open shelving and storage) in the kitchen that catches the eye. Complemented by a picture window and bench placement that creates a boxed bay window effect, the kitchen is equipped with Fisher & Paykel appliances (integrated double fridge and freezer, fiveburner gas cooktop, canopy rangehood, twin ovens), and adjoining butler’s pantry with another five-burner gas cooktop and open shelving. The open-tread timber staircase with glass balustrade ascends to a rumpus room and the full-width main suite at the front. The latter includes two sets of walk-in robe with hangings space and drawers, and the ensuite with twinbasin vanity, bath and separate toilet. The three secondary bedrooms, each with built-in robes, share a bathroom featuring a large shower with twin showerheads, single vanity and bath. A popular option for Knockdown Rebuilds, the Hoffman Villa 37 is suitable for a 12.5m x 30m block. It is displayed at Tullamore Estate at Doncaster.

• Extended Home Theatre Option

• Rumpus Option


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Porter Davis – Waldorf Grange 49

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URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Taking style

PORTER PORTER DAVIS DAVIS

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REME de la crème is what comes to mind when you think of the Waldorf Grange. The 49-square dwelling oozes elegance and flair, from its raised ceilings to its perfectly styled decor. The study is at the front of the home, separated by a split-level layout to the right that houses a mud room and a powder room. Next to the staircase is the lounge, with a fireplace and timber mantelpiece. Feature wall panelling lends a luxe feel, while the living, dining and kitchen zone ensures a seamless flow between entertaining spaces. The kitchen has a large stone-topped island bench with double sink, space for a double fridge, Fisher & Paykel five-element induction cooktop and rangehood, and double ovens. The light-filled galley is decked out with a Fisher & Paykel five-burner gas cooktop and rangehood, twin-drawer dishwasher, and an industrial-size sink. The adjacent laundry has a hanging rack and a drying room. Beyond the kitchen is the light-filled family room, which sits under the void. The highlight windows stretch to the ceiling, and the space has triple sliding doors that open to the al fresco. The sophisticated guest suite includes a fitted walk-through robe, and bathroom with double shower, wall-hung basin, toilet, and outstanding storage via a wall-to-wall ledge, mirrored cabinets and extra shelving. The upstairs rumpus room leads to the upstairs terrace with ceiling fan and plantation shutters. The lavish main suite is tucked to one side, with a balcony and large walkthrough robe with plinth shoe storage, drawers and hanging racks. The ensuite has a double rain showerhead with an L-shaped niche, double vanity, separate toilet and freestanding tub. The three minor bedrooms all have walk-in robes and ensuites. The Waldorf Grange 49 is best suited to a 15.24m x 32m lot and is on display at Tullamore Estate, Doncaster. -MM

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Premier Builders Group – Armadale Attic DOUBLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “All the charm

of yesteryear in a package all the family will love.”

WE LOVE ü Second-floor main suite ü Theatre with sliding doors ü Entertaining hub with indoor/ outdoor living

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HE best of old and new blend harmoniously in this charming reproduction Federation residence. Characterised by its high-pitched roof and quality pressed bricks, the double-storey dwelling of 31.4 squares is enhanced by period detailing, such as leadlights, fretwork, picture rails, decorative ceilings, timber floors and high skirting boards. The front lounge room makes an instant impression, particularly with its Heat ‘N’ Glo fireplace and timber mantel. It is next to the theatre or

games room, but it’s the rear informal living hub where the main action occurs. Opening to the covered deck, the zone is dominated by the vast family room, long meals area and kitchen. The latter includes an island bench/ breakfast bar, Westinghouse appliances, Chambord ceramic sink and walk-in pantry. A door to the left of the kitchen leads to three bedrooms with built-in robes, laundry with excellent storage, toilet and shared bathroom featuring a corner shower, single vanity and bath. Last, but not least, is the main suite, which is resplendent with fitted walk-in robe and twin-basin ensuite. It takes up the entire second level. The Armadale Attic 320 is suitable for a 14m x 32m block and is displayed at Clydevale Estate, Clyde North. -RM

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 3 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $283,674 // PREMIERBUILDERS.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 129


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Sherridon Homes – Manly 32 WE LOVE

DOUBLE STOREY

ü Three-zone kitchen - ideal for prep, cooking and serving ü Well-designed main suite with generous storage and privacy ü Triple sliding doors and large picture window for ample light

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TANDING out from the rest with its versatility and charm, the Manly 32 is sure to become a family favourite. Designed with privacy and entertaining in mind, the 31.66-square residence is filled with easy-living options from front to back. The front sitting room is perfect for entertaining, with the stairs separating it from the rest of the home. Down the walkway and to the left is a study with shelves, across from the walkin linen press. There’s also a powder room opposite the laundry. Next is the well-planned butler’s pantry that sits behind the kitchen. The pantry includes a fridge space, spray tap, overhead cabinets and picture window. The kitchen has a stone-topped island bench with double sink and pull-out spray tap, Euro Valencia stainless-steel appliances (900mm oven with five-burner gas cooktop, canopy rangehood, and 2dishwasher) and microwave shelf. The light-filled living area opens through triple sliding doors to the al fresco with ceiling fan. The upstairs level incorporates the spacious rumpus room, with the sleeping quarters at the rear. One bedroom has a built-in desk and mirrored robes, while the other two have mirrored robes. The shared bathroom has a shower with niche, tub, single vanity and mirror, and is next to the separate toilet. Enhanced by a picture window, the spacious main suite has a wardrobe that stretches the entire length of the bedroom, and an ensuite featuring a shower with ledge, single vanity and toilet. To the left is the carpeted walk-in wardrobe with drawers and extra storage. The Manly 32 is suitable for a 12.6m x 26m block and is on display at Warralily Estate at Armstrong Creek.

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “An open-plan

delight that cleverly combines ace design and practicality.”

Manly 32

Fits lot width

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Enjoy double-storey living with impressive street presence.

Upstairs spacious built-in parental $294,200 privacy and a generous 4 BEDROOMS, 2.5 BATHROOMS, 3 LIVING AREAS, STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE //there’s PRICE: FROM // SHERRIDONHOMES.COM.AU rumpus area to the front of the residence. Downstairs enjoy two more living areas with a front lounge or theatre room that is set apart from the open plan kitchen, meals and family areas.

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Sienna Homes – Olsen 40 (Levin facade) WE LOVE

DOUBLE STOREY

ü Easy access from garage to laundry/stylish kitchen ü Sumptuous main suite ü L-shaped study

I URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Discerning

buyers wanting more from their home need look no further.”

NSTANTLY appealing from front to rear and top to bottom, Sienna Homes’ Olsen 40 will have no shortage of admirers. The front door opens to a wide entry hall with engineered timber floorboards. To the right is the sitting room, which has a wall cutout into the impressive study, resplendent with L-shaped desk, feature garden window, shelving and access to the understairs storage. Across the hall from the staircase is a luxurious powder room, cloak cupboard and laundry with excellent storage. The latter has direct access from the garage and into the walk-in pantry. The kitchen has an island bench with breakfast bar extension, Ariston stainless-steel appliances (five-burner gas cooktop, 900mm underbench oven, mosaic-tiled splashback, integrated dishwasher), feature garden splashback and large walk-in pantry. It has a living area to the right and a front dining zone, both of which access the al fresco. The carpeted staircase ascends to a large rumpus room (with study nook) that separates the vast main bedroom suite from the three secondary bedrooms with mirrored robes, toilet, linen press and bathroom with corner shower, single vanity and bath. Behind a double-door entry, the main incorporates a large walkin robe with dressing table, and ensuite featuring a twin-basin vanity, separate toilet and shower with rain showerheads. The Olsen 40 is best suited to a 14m-wide block. It is on display at Clydevale Estate, Clyde North. -RM

4 BEDROOMS, 2.5 BATHROOMS, 3 LIVING AREAS, STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $309,000 // SIENNAHOMES.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 131


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Simonds Homes – Belmont DOUBLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Curved staircase ü Full-width main suite ü Showpiece ensuite

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URBAN LIFE SAYS: “The icing

on the cake is the easy living on both levels.”

HE glamour of yesteryear combines effortlessly with contemporary comforts in Simonds’ Belmont. The two-level treasure of 42.93 squares cleverly divides the downstairs living quarters from the upstairs sleeping level. The covered entry leads into a central hall that is dominated, visually, by the elegant sweeping staircase. Immediately to the right is the lounge room and beyond that is the study with angled entry under the stairs. A central wet area is another piece of smart design as it links the powder room, laundry with walk-in linen press, and access to the double garage. At the rear is an L-shaped living and dining domain that opens to the al fresco. The living room includes a fireplace with timber mantelpiece. Enhanced by a walk-in pantry with overhead cupboards and open shelving below the benchtops, the kitchen has a garden splashback window, island bench with double sink and dishwasher, and stainlesssteel Technika appliances (900mm freestanding oven and five-burner gas cooktop) and tiled splashback. The upstairs level including a full-width main bedroom suite, three secondary bedrooms with builtin robes, powder room, spacious bathroom and a rumpus room that opens to the front balcony. The suite incorporates a fitted walk-in robe with Velux sky window and feature ensuite with freestanding bath, floating vanity with a pair of raised basins, and large shower with triple wall niche and shower seat. - RM

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 2 POWDER ROOMS, 4 LIVING AREAS, STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: P.O.A. // SIMONDS.COM.AU 132 // URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


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Simonds – Villa Grande DOUBLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “A grand

family home with the perfect entertaining layout.”

WE LOVE ü Self-sufficient downstairs guest suite ü Extended al fresco ü Rumpus room with balcony access

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HE Villa Grande is as majestic as its name suggests. Totalling 45.09 squares, a guest suite is on the right, with large windows, double wardrobe and ensuite with shower, vanity, mirror and separate powder room that opens to the main foyer. The huge walkway leads into the rest of the home, with a large living area on the right. To the left is the laundry, which includes an entry point into the kitchen. The kitchen, dining and family area are next to each other in an open-plan layout. An island benchtop with breakfast bar extension divides the meals area from the cooking space with splashback window. The Technika appliances include a five-burner gas cooktop, large oven, inbuilt dishwasher and microwave. There is ample storage in the kitchen and in the butler’s pantry that looks on to the extended al fresco – a standout feature that’s perfect for entertaining.

The half wood-half carpeted stairs lead up to the rumpus room. There is a bathroom with a large picture window, freestanding tub, shower and double vanity with storage and mirrors, alongside a powder room. The large main suite has plush carpet and funky wallpaper, and a massive walk-in wardrobe with additional storage. The ensuite has a double shower with niche cut through the entire wall, a freestanding tub, double vanity and separate powder room. There are three other bedrooms with fitted walk-in robes. A rumpus room with sliding doors accesses the front balcony. Despite the size, the use of wood and carpeting throughout the home adds a level of warmth. It is on display at Williams Landing and Berwick Waters, Clyde North. -MM

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 3 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: P.O.A. // SIMONDS.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 133


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Urbanedge – Altisse 6-53

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DOUBLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Super stylish fittings and attention to detail ü Luxurious and private parents’ retreat

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Luxury living

at its finest.”

ü Impressive kitchen complete with an adjoining butler’s pantry and a servery to the al fresco

XUDING cool curves, clean finishes and classy designs, the Altisse 6-53 is the epitome of chic. As you walk through this contemporary home of 53.52 squares, it’s the attention to detail and sleek finishes that catch the eye. To the right of the entry sits the home office, decked out in dark wood and holding plenty of storage. A fullheight glass panel allows views into the state-of-the-art home theatre. Across the passageway is a powder room with floor-to-ceiling windows and funky sinks. Further in, the dual family living areas share a glass fireplace. The stylish kitchen has a marbletopped island bench with double sinks and spray taps. Top-notch appliances include a double-sized canopy rangehood that sits over a stunning industrial-sized, seven-burner cooktop and grill, impressive double ovens (900mm and 600mm side by side), dishwasher and microwave. A huge laundry with storage space is off to one side, while a butler’s pantry runs horizontally on the other side, with a servery overlooking the al fresco and sophisticated tiered garden. Upstairs is a huge rumpus room, which is next to a study equipped with mini fridge, microwave, sink and storage. The main suite is tucked away from the other bedrooms, and has access to the front balcony. The ensuite has a large tub, double vanity, mirrored cabinets and a huge rain shower. The U-shaped walk-in robe is equipped with numerous compartments and drawers, and is kitted out with a dressing table and mirror. Two bedrooms have walk-in wardrobes and share a large bathroom and powder room, while the third bedroom is larger in size, with its own en suite - also with a rain shower and vanity. Designed to fit a 16m x 32m block, the Altisse 6-53 is every luxury home owner’s dream. -MM

4 BEDROOMS, 3 BATHROOMS, 4 LIVING AREAS, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $438,900 // URBANEDGEHOMES.COM.AU 134 // URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


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Urbanedge - Autern 6-54 WE LOVE ü Marble-topped fireplace: and heart of the home ü Movie star-worthy dressing room and oversized bath in main suite ü Upstairs study zone with kitchenette and toilet

DOUBLE STOREY

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Opulence

at every turn in this comfortable family home.”

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HIS expansive double-storey delight exudes luxurious comfort for the discerning family. The wool-carpeted study and enclosed sitting room or theatrette lead in to the dining and designer kitchen zone, which overlooks a bamboo garden. The latter has Smeg appliances, Franke granite sink in the oversized marble-topped island bench, and a wine cooler, microwave and deck views in the butler’s pantry. The large laundry adjoining the kitchen features concealed dark-wood cupboards for the washer/dryer. To the right is the home’s piece de resistance: a glass-encased, marbletopped fireplace that divides but also blends the main lounge room and children’s zone. This section overlooks the stonepaved courtyard and central deck, which also features a stone water feature and palm garden. Room to move and relax are assured on the second level, which is accessed via a wide, blond-wood staircase. It includes a spacious rumpus room, appealing study zone with kitchenette and separate toilet, and four inviting bedrooms, each with ensuite and walk-in robes. The main suite, which effortlessly accommodates a king bed and sofa, takes on film-star proportions, with a dressing room fit for a diva. The ensuite, which features a deep bath and double shower, is designed for endless relaxation. The Autern 6-54 is suitable for a 16m x 30m block and is on display at Upper Point Cook Estate. - NB

4 BEDROOMS, 4 BATHROOMS, 4 LIVING AREAS, 2 STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $413,900 // URBANEDGEHOMES.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 135


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Urbanedge Homes – Ludo 4-45 DOUBLE STOREY

WE LOVE ü Clever division between family/meals and rumpus room ü Central wet areas ü Screened retreat and study

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Dividing

and conquering – in design terms – this will attract discerning buyers.”

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OUBLE your living options and comfort levels with this two-storey treat from Urbanedge Homes. Encompassing the luxurious inclusions for which Urbanedge is renowned, the 46.19-square dwelling is a statement in style and thoughtful design for growing families. To the left of the wide entry hall is the chic home office, which has a full-width desk. Next along the hallway is the open theatre room, which has scope to be closed off. A passage to the right provides easy access to the garage, powder room and laundry with clever walk-in linen press. The hall continues into the L-shaped rear domain, which includes the feature-packed kitchen, meals area and family room. Highlighted by a large walk-in pantry with space for a double fridge, the stone-topped kitchen has a large breakfast bar, garden splashback window and Smeg appliances, such as the 900mm underbench oven, five-burner gas cooktop, integrated rangehood, dishwasher and integrated microwave oven. There is also a rumpus room on the far side of the strategically placed dividing wall. The open-tread timber staircase with glass balustrade – ascends to a large landing that leads directly into the kids’ sleeping zone. It includes three bedrooms with compact walk-in robes, walk-in linen press, powder room and neat bathroom with corner shower, bath and single vanity. The other side of the landing integrates a casual living area, fully equipped study with long desk/ workstation and overhead cabinets, and the main bedroom suite. The latter includes a picture window, large walk-in robe and ensuite featuring a freestanding bath, double shower, twin-basin vanity and separate toilet. The Ludo 4-45 is suitable for a 14m x 32m block. – RM

4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHROOMS, 4 LIVING AREAS, 2 STUDY, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM: $368,900 // URBANEDGEHOMES.COM.AU 136 // URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE


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Zuccala Homes – Resort 408 WE LOVE ü Dream kitchen with prep kitchen

DOUBLE STOREY

ü Sumptuous ensuite ü Customised home theatre

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AKING care of business with panache, the Resort 408 provides families with the best of everything. The charming 48-square dwelling has an entry hall that passes the lounge room with Heat ‘N’ Glo fireplace with timber mantel, feature window and decorative cornices, office with bay window, marble-tiled bathroom with toilet, wall-hung hand basin and twinhead shower, and spacious laundry. But it’s in the rear family room, dining room and feature-packed kitchen where all the action occurs. The latter incorporates Technika stainless-steel appliances (900mm oven, five-burner gas cooktop, dishwasher), appliance cupboard, tiled splashback and island bench/ breakfast bar. Behind the showpiece kitchen is the butler’s pantry with 121-bottle wine rack and full prep kitchen featuring a four-burner gas cooktop, pull-out rangehood, convection oven and inbuilt kitchen. There is also a substantial theatre room next to the meals area. A timber staircase ascends to the upstairs level, which includes a retreat that opens to the front balcony, three secondary bedrooms with an ensuite and fitted walkin robe, and the sumptuous main suite. The latter includes an enviable walk-in robe and marble ensuite highlighted by its freestanding bath, double shower with wall niche, double vanity and separate toilet The Resort 408 is suitable for a 16m x 30m block. It is on display at Woodlea Estate, Rockbank. -RM

URBAN LIFE SAYS: “Quite simply,

sophisticated family living from top to bottom.”

4 BEDROOMS, 5 BATHROOMS, 4 LIVING AREAS, OFFICE, DOUBLE GARAGE // PRICE: FROM $346,000 // ZUCCALAHOMES.COM.AU URBAN LIFE MAGAZINE // 137


INSIDE

Safety

first Being protective of children is natural for most parents, but an accident could be just around the corner in your home

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CCIDENTS can happen where and when you least expect them in your home – regardless of how new it is. But like most things in life, prevention is better than cure. Kidsafe Australia, which is the nation’s leading non-government, not-for-profit, charitable organisation dedicated to the prevention of unintentional injuries, reports the tragic statistic that 280 children die each year in Australia (about 30 in Victoria in 2015). Yet for every fatality, another 160 are admitted to hospital and 5000 require medical attention. Of these injuries, more than twothirds (67 per cent) occur in their home. A further eight per cent occur at another residence, seven per cent on roads and footpaths, three per cent at parks and ovals, and three per cent at schools. The scariest statistic is that half the injured children are younger than five years old. This means the space in which young children spend the majority of their time developing and learning can literally be an accident to waiting to happen if you’re not mindful of what can occur. Worse still, most of the deaths and injuries - caused by falls, slips, poisons, burns and scalds - were preventable.

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s the Play it Safe at Home campaign (consumer.vic.gov. au) outlines, creating a safe environment is largely a matter of attending to details. Kidsafe Victoria chief executive Melanie Courtney said the first step was to identify potential hazards in your home – rather than wrapping kids in cotton wool. “Injuries don’t just happen out of the blue. They are caused by hazards,” Courtney said. “Kidsafe recommends getting down on your hands and knees and looking at your house from a child’s perspective.” Its Home Safety Checklist, which can be downloaded from kidsafe.com.au, provides a room-by-room list of potential hazards of which to be aware. Removing the hazard won’t always be possible, but how you deal with it can negate its effect. In some instances placing barriers between the hazard and children are equally as important as supervision and education.

The younger years are always the most problematic for parents, particularly if there is more than one child in the household. But remaining vigilant is perhaps the No.1 preventive strategy. Falls are the most common cause of injuries to children, with head injuries and fractures the most common outcomes. In bedrooms, for example, bunk beds should always have guard rails, ladders that are fixed, and they should meet the Australian Standard. Kidsafe recommends that children under the age of nine should not occupy the top bunk. If possible, opt for the alternative of a trundle bed housed under a single bed. Similarly, slips and trips are equally problematic. Create gates or barriers at the top and bottom of stairs to keep young children from falling, and ensure all steps and stairs are well lit. In the kitchen and bathroom, use corner protectors on benches, tables and other sharp-cornered furniture. Similarly in living areas ensure that floor coverings are fixed to minimise the risk of tripping. Having little fingers trapped in doors is another major cause of injuries. To reduce the chances of this occurring, try using a wedged doorstop to prevent a door from slamming. Also slow, self-closing doors on front and back doors can help avoid accidents, and educating older children to check the coast is clear before closing the door is another deterrent. Burns, smoke inhalation and scalds account for multiple accidents and deaths in Australia each year, with children aged five and under most at risk. Three in four of these fatalities are caused by house fires. Planning ahead, always have a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket in the kitchen as part of a bigger plan. Develop a home fire escape plan with your family. Practise this to ensure all family members know what to do and where to go. This should include teaching children to “Stop, Drop, Cover and Roll” if their clothes catch fire and “Get Down Low and Go” in case of a house fire. Scalds (a burn from hot liquid or steam) are the most common type of burn. To avoid any chance of an

unfortunate occurrence, control the hot water temperature to a maximum of 50C (38C is the recommended temperature for bathing kids) and keep hot food and drinks out of reach of children. It’s an understatement to say we should always supervise children near water – inside and outside. And always take babies and young children with you should you leave the room.

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oison is another leading cause of injury to those under the age of five, with many chemicals potentially harmful. These include medicines (over the counter and prescription), cleaning products, dishwasher powder, fertilisers, pesticides, bleach, alcohol, cigarettes and cosmetics. Poisons Information Centres (131 126) around Australia deal with hundreds of calls each day. Most of the recommendations to prevent poisoning are common sense. They range from the simplicity of using child-resistant locks on cupboards and cabinets to storing medicines and potentially poisonous products out of reach of children. Of course, there are numerous other areas of concern but staying vigilant is the best possible course of action. One is keeping small objects, such as coins, magnets and button batteries, out of harm’s way. Another is ensuring that kids don’t use the driveway as a play area - again by creating a barrier between it and your kids. And, perhaps most importantly, ensuring our reliance on older kids has its limits. In other words, be realistic about what a 12-year-old can do. “We often expect older children to act as child minders for us. Certainly caring for a younger child is something most older children like to do, but we need to remember that they are still children themselves and not little adults,” Kidsafe advises. Last but not least, and in the interests of being ready for the worst possible scenario, it is the perfect time to learn first aid. Numerous courses are held by reputable organisations, such as St John Ambulance, Red Cross and Royal Lifesaving Society. Being prepared means you can play your part when it matters most and your home becomes the safe haven it’s designed to be.

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CURTAIN AND BLIND CORDS

CHANGE TABLES AND COTS

BUTTON BATTERIES

SINGLE AND BUNK BEDS

TRAMPOLINES

POOLS AND SPAS (Source: consumer.vic.gov.au)

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FA S T FA C T S

3.1 BEDROOMS

2,000,000 people live alone

in the average house

More than half (55%) are women

72.9% are separate houses down from 76% in 2011 yet only 2.6 people reside there

Australian

China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam and Malyasia account for more foreign-born residents than England, New Zealand and mainland EuRope

Census data Population: 24.4 million

38 The average age of Australians. A record 15.8% of the population was 65 or older and a record 4% was 85 or older

ABOUT 1 IN 9 (11.2%) of homes are unoccupied

flats or apartments

ABOUT

2 IN 3

HOUSEHOLDS are owned, with 35% owned with a mortgage and 31% owned outright. This is down from 71% in 1966 and 12.7% are semi-detached or terrace townhouses

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$335

The median weekly

household rent The proportion of renters (30.9%) at its highest since 1954

(Source: ABS)

13.1

% of Australian homes are


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What attracted you to the industry (and when)? In high school I always loved creating and using my hands in our woodworking and steel fabrication subjects, and I remember we did a project one year where instead of building furniture, we had to build horse stables for the school’s agricultural department. There’s a moment that really sticks in my mind – all the posts for the stables were in the ground and I was up on the ladder nailing in the rafters, and I remember having this moment where I thought ‘I love this!’. I realised it was so rewarding to create something that had a purpose – that’s where I feel like it started for me. From there I started work experience and then, through that job, started my apprenticeship.

and spaces that have smaller footprints, with quality that lasts for generations.

What do you love most about the industry? I love that there is such a positive effect that the building and construction industry can have in the way that dwellings and spaces are shaped without harm to the environment. There are so many motivated people that are getting excited about where the industry can go – it’s such an ancient industry, so there’s a huge opportunity to take ancient craftsmanship and techniques, and combine with them modern innovations, to create healthy places and space that connect people and communities. There’s a huge opportunity in this industry to make people’s lives better.

If you had the power, how would you improve the planning process? I would incentivise the fast-tracking of projects that have positive change initiatives to environmental and social outcomes.

Best change? There’s been a big realisation lately about the effects of buildings on the environment and on the health of inhabitants – more and more people are realising how toxic some of the building materials and practices are. I’ve also seen a shift in how much more educated clients are on their health and the health of the environment, so they’re pushing for the industry to recognise this in their buildings. At the end of the day, what the clients demand, that’s what the client gets – so it’s positive to see clients recognising these things.

Dave Martin

What’s the biggest misconception people have about planning and building? That everyone in the industry is big, bad and dirty. There are so many incredibly good people doing great work and bringing about positive change for the environment into their work.

THE SOCIABLE WEAVER

What do you consider your greatest challenge (in the industry)? The biggest challenge is to educate the industry and consumers/clients on how we can reduce the impact and footprint of the built environment, and instead create positive change for the natural and built environment. To change the current mindset is a challenge, but minimal changes can create such a big difference, so it’s not impossible. Biggest regret? My only regret is that it took me so long to be 100 per cent engaged and focused on what I really want to achieve in this industry – I wish I had been doing what I’m doing now six to eight years ago. However, I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason, so maybe I wasn’t ready then, or the industry wasn’t ready – so perhaps the timing is right now. Worst trend? The worst trend in the industry is this focus on quantity not quality, and the idea that ‘bigger is better’. As an industry, we need to be more refined with our designs, creating places

If building tomorrow, what feature would you most like incorporated in your home? In this cold Victorian climate, I definitely always emphasise lots of northern sun exposure for heating during the winter months.

What tips would you give for future-proofing a home? For a new home, it’s about maximising northerly sun and storing the heat in thermal mass and insulation. Also focus on multi-functional design so that home can be designed/ retrofitted to suit different generations and needs to ensure longevity of the building. For an existing home I would be looking at ways to maximise northerly sun exposure, and adding insulation to floors, walls and ceilings. What do you think building a home will be like in 2030? Hopefully a lot more sustainable, a lot more healthy, and much quicker. I think we’ll be looking at how we live differently, including higher-density living instead of urban sprawl. This will be impacted a lot by the types of transport used in future years, whether that’s the types of cars we’re driving, public transport, etc.

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Space wars

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Remember when a garage was used for parking your car and storing your tools? With a little thought and organisation, you can soon return to this simpler time

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HE New Oxford Dictionary of English defines a garage as: “a building or shed for housing a motor vehicle or vehicles”. But if current trends of storage continue, this definition may need updating. Take a drive around most new housing estates and many cars are parked in the driveways. The reason? Most garages are chock-full of boxes and storage items that take up the space usually reserved for cars. The best-case scenario is you’re paying a very high cost for storage, and many would argue you’re paying even more for owning too much. At worst, your expensive vehicles are being devalued by being exposed to the elements, you’re putting them at risk of being broken into, and you’re still paying too much for storage and clutter. Besides the inconvenience of not being protected from getting soaked in a downpour or hopping into a roasting-hot car in the middle of summer, it just doesn’t make sense not to use a garage for your vehicle if one is available. Thankfully, we are not alone. The experience here mirrors that of the United States and Britain. Becomingminimalist. com reports that the US Department of Energy has found onequarter of people with double garages have so much stored in there that they can’t park a car. Consequently, the National Association of Professional Organisers says Americans spend one year of our lives looking for lost items. LYNETTE Walczak from the loghomes.thefuntimesguide.com blog believes the accumulation of “stuff” is at the heart of the issue. Echoing the experience, she discovered that despite 53 per cent of UK households having access to a garage, only 24 per cent use them for parking cars. And while 82 per cent of US homes have two-car garages or larger, only 15 per cent use them to park the car inside. “My guess is when people move into a new home (equipped with a one- or two-car garage) their intentions are good, practical and normal: They think, ‘We’ll just use the garage as extra storage space until we get fully moved in. Then, we can look forward to parking inside the garage, rather than near it’. “The problem in my opinion: Too much stuff! Either it becomes easier and easier to keep adding to the ‘stuff’ inside the garage every time they buy more ‘stuff’, or they simply have no other place inside the house to keep all this extra ‘stuff’ that has accumulated in their lives.” TO think that the problem isn’t universal would be underestimating just how widespread the issue is. An April 2015 survey by US-based Gladiator GarageWorks uncovered similarly thought-provoking findings. The survey found 92 per cent of home owners described their home as somewhat or very organised, but one in four were ashamed about the garage and almost a third said they keep their garage door shut so others won’t see the mess. Interestingly, one third don’t even know what is stored in the garage. Worse still, one in five admitted the garage mess had caused a domestic argument. “People take great pride in their homes – organising, decorating and showing off various rooms of their house, especially on social media,” US home improvement personality Karl Champley said about the survey results. “But the garage is the forgotten room of the home and those same people who are proud of their home are embarrassed by how the garage looks.”

TO understand how best to tackle the issue of clutter and keep the peace at home, Champley recommends that you must first understand what the garage needs to be used for. A majority of people use it for parking the car and storage, but the garage is also used for hobbies and do-it-yourself projects, such as working on cars (23 per cent), woodworking or carpentry (19 per cent) or as an area for exercise or sports (13 per cent). Once the uses have been determined, he urges home owners to employ a four-step process to restore the garage to what you want it to be. By developing a game plan, taking pride in the garage, eliminating waste and maximising space, the task of organising a garage should be so much easier. HIS first step is to divide your garage into “zones” with specific areas for lawn and garden equipment, sporting goods, tools and other hobbies. Some people even choose to paint lines on their garage floor to divide the space between parking and storage. An often overlooked fact is that a clean garage is a safe space. Once a plan is established, it is much easier to begin the organisation process. An easy-to-use design tool is available at www.gladiatorgw.com to helps envisage how their space can be better organised. Second, take as much pride in the storage of your valuables as the valuables themselves. Almost three in four home owners (74 per cent) surveyed wished that their garage was better organised. Yet only three in 10 either never organise their garage or only did it every few years. Given that clutter is one of the biggest issues, the next step was to eliminate waste and remove as many unused items as possible. Holding a garage sale or dropping off boxes to an op shop are great ways to recycle unused items. As always, home owners should dispose of old paint tins or oils properly. Last but not least is to maximise the available space. Champley said that using wall space was one of the simplest ways of restoring order and floor space. “Getting items like boxes and bikes off the garage floor with modular hooks and shelving is a big plus for home owners. It frees up significant floor space for cars and other items,” he said. It’s a good idea to visit retail stores as they could have heavy-duty old store shelves and fixtures that you can use on one wall of your garage.

SAFE GARAGE TIPS • • • • • • • •

Organise items in easy-to-reach places so piles don’t accumulate Clear floors and steps of grease, spills and clutter Prevent trips and falls by hanging objects, such as garden tools, bikes and sharp objects, on the wall Light your garage properly with bright lighting Keep kids toys in an easy-to-access area, away from dangerous areas Store poisons, paints and pesticides on a high shelf or in a locked cabinet Ensure shelving units are secured to the wall and are not overloaded Never leave a car running inside a closed garage (Source: garagetek.com.au)

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