When Louise and Luke’s dream block of land came up for sale, they knew it was the site for a fam­ily home they’d love.

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With her eye on a block of land for years, Louise man­aged to snap it up and build the for­ever home she’d al­ways imag­ined.

“THIS BLOCK OF LAND was just a few streets away from our pre­vi­ous home. I used to go past it dur­ing my evening walks and al­ways thought it would be such a beau­ti­ful block to build on. One day a “For Sale” sign popped up on it how­ever by the time I called the agent it was al­ready sold – but not for long. Six months later it was back on the mar­ket and, af­ter a few months of ne­go­ti­a­tion, our pa­tience paid off and it was ours! Eigh­teen months later we had fin­ished build­ing and had moved into our for­ever home.

Room and view

Our house was built with the aim of mak­ing best use of the large block and beau­ti­ful views to the moun­tain ranges. Dur­ing the plan­ning phase I spent many hours with both the ar­chi­tect and builder, sift­ing through all my magazine clip­pings and Pin­ter­est images, piec­ing to­gether the style of the home room by room.

Fea­tures high on our pri­or­ity list in­cluded a lovely ex­te­rior and a beau­ti­ful en­trance, three-me­tre high ceil­ings, tim­ber win­dows, builtin cab­i­netry, large cor­nices, tim­ber floor­ing, a gor­geous kitchen and, above all, a fam­ily-friendly feel. I also in­cluded a stu­dio with its own sep­a­rate en­trance in the build, from where I could run my pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness.

Luke and I are both house-proud and thank­fully we love the same style in our home. There’s a very Hamp­tons / mod­ern coun­try feel to our decor and it’s taken us a lit­tle time to cre­ate this as the fur­ni­ture in our pre­vi­ous home was more mod­ern. We’ve grad­u­ally added key items that have made a big dif­fer­ence to the feel of house, such as the bent­wood chairs, the en­trance hall con­soles and the so­fas.

This house has re­ally come to life for our fam­ily just the way we hoped it would. When it’s cold there is no bet­ter place to be than in our liv­ing room with the wood fire go­ing – it’s so cosy and com­fort­able! Dur­ing win­ter the fire heats the en­tire house; dou­ble-glaz­ing and plenty of in­su­la­tion keep it lovely and warm. The kitchen di­rectly faces the liv­ing area and most Sun­days the boys and I will be in there bak­ing. I love the mar­ble splash­back in the kitchen – it’s one of my favourite fea­tures and re­ally gives the en­tire open-plan area a touch of time­less lux­ury. And hav­ing an over­sized but­ler’s pantry tucked away en­sures the on-show part of the kitchen looks great, no mat­ter how pro­duc­tive the cook­ing gets!

Go­ing green

We’re lucky our block is large as I love a for­mal gar­den and lots of green­ery. The box hedges in the front gar­den are tak­ing off well so we’ll re­peat them out the back for con­ti­nu­ity, along with or­na­men­tal pear and a large lawn that the boys and dogs will ap­pre­ci­ate. And af­ter a beau­ti­ful week­end away in Dayles­ford we’re now in­spired to cre­ate a white per­gola cov­ered in wis­te­ria over our out­door din­ing area.

When plan­ning this house, we had a clear idea of what we were try­ing to cre­ate and a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with our ar­chi­tect and builders, so noth­ing was lost in trans­la­tion. As a re­sult we now have a for­ever home that we adore, that is still slowly evolv­ing and that we have no plans to leave, at least not be­fore we are old and grey with grand­ba­bies run­ning around!”

The din­ing ta­ble was a house-warm­ing gift from Louise’s par­ents.

First im­pres­sions If you have space, cre­ate a re­lax­ing seat­ing area at your home’s en­trance.

Colour con­stant Blues and white off­set with green­ery feature in ev­ery room.

An­i­mal art

This “Wild Horses” print is by Kara Rosen­lund.

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