Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential -

OWN­ERS Paul and Julie Guil­foyle had a dream to build them­selves a func­tional fam­ily home in a hard-to-beat lo­ca­tion and that is ex­actly what they have done here.

“We had been look­ing in the area for some time,” they said.

“It is close to St Au­gus­tine’s Pri­mary School, pub­lic trans­port, the city, bike paths, the Swan River and Bur­swood.”

Knock­ing down a 1920s fi­bro cot­tage that orig­i­nally stood on the 683sq m block, the couple be­gan con­struc­tion in 2007.

“We have been able to build the property to a very high spec­i­fi­ca­tion, which we be­lieved was im­por­tant as a home needs to be lived in and not just looked at,” the own­ers said.

Across more than 545sq m of liv­ing space, there are ver­sa­tile ar­eas on both lev­els.

The main ca­sual liv­ing area, with stun­ning traver­tine floor­ing, is on the ground floor.

This is home to the topof-the-line kitchen, which fea­tures a cen­tral is­land bench with stain­less steel bench­tops, Co­rian tops on the other benches, and topend ap­pli­ances in­clud­ing a Smeg steam oven, Miele ce­ramic five-burner gas cooker and Gagge­nau self-clean­ing oven.

Next to this, the din­ing room is won­der­fully en­hanced with a Jet­mas­ter gas log fire and lovely views out to the back yard.

Out­side, there is an al­fresco din­ing area un­der the main roof with porce­lain tiling and traver­tine paving, a patch of ar­ti­fi­cial turf, a Chemigem self-chlo­ri­nat­ing pool with frame­less glass fenc­ing, a work­shop with power, and a stu­dio with a bath­room, air­con­di­tion­ing and its own alarm sys­tem.

Also on this level are a fully equipped home the­atre room with pro­jec­tor, screen and sur­round sound sys­tem; a sep­a­rate study; a pow­der room; laun­dry; walk-in un­der­croft stor­age or cel­lar; and the shop­per’s en­try from the 49sq m dou­ble garage.

On the first floor is a sec­ond liv­ing area also with a gas log fire that ex­tends on to a 22sq m bal­cony.

Four bed­rooms with built-in robes make up the rest of this level.

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