NEXT GEN­ER­A­TION

THE BEST GUIDE TO BUY­ING YOUR FIRST HOME

Sunday Mail - home - - FRONT PAGE - Words TRUDY ORAM Pic­tures NICK CLAY­TON

Young first home­buy­ers, I have two words for you: turn key. Make that six words: turn key house and land pack­age. So what is that? It’s a house and prop­erty pack­age where ev­ery­thing is done, lit­er­ally, and it’s move-in ready. It usu­ally comes with a fixed price, there are no sur­prises, is a great op­tion for those on a tight bud­get and it saves time by short­en­ing the build­ing process. As a re­sult it’s a pop­u­lar choice with first home­buy­ers.

Turn key means all in­ter­nal fin­ishes, ex­ter­nal fenc­ing, stormwa­ter dis­posal, path­ways, drive­way and land­scap­ing is done, and all you need to do is get the keys and move in your fur­ni­ture. Just like a rental, ex­cept you own it.

If that sounds ap­peal­ing – and you don’t want to have deal with all the de­ci­sions that can come with build­ing a home – this could be the an­swer.

One ex­tremely cool, cute turn key op­tion that may suit is the Pic­colo by Ren­di­tion Group brand Sa­mata Homes, which starts at $292,695 for the home and land pack­age.

Like the cof­fee it’s named af­ter, this sin­gle storey two-bed­room de­sign will hit the spot if you’re in the mar­ket from some­thing that’s in be­tween an apart­ment and a small home. Low main­te­nance but with that ex­tra bit of space both in­side and out­doors, and enough room for a car in the drive­way and a sin­gle car garage, it’s an easy step from the rental you may be been liv­ing in.

On dis­play at Mt Barker’s As­ton Hills de­vel­op­ment, the Pic­colo has been de­signed to stand out from the crowd and make a bold state­ment. Fin­ished in Scyon Ma­trix pan­els in var­i­ous green tones, the square-set fa­cade re­minds me of a Ru­bix cube with an up­side down L-shape panel of win­dows.

It’s in­no­va­tive and un­like other homes, and that’s the point with this as it’s pitched at young sin­gles or cou­ples, says Ren­di­tion Group’s mar­ket­ing man­ager David Faz­zalari.

“I love the front fa­cade, it sets a tone for the whole house be­fore you even walk through the front door. And that’s just the be­gin­ning,” he says.

“Our ex­pe­ri­enced team of de­sign­ers have cre­ated a home that is both af­ford­able and ex­cit­ing at the same time. Our plan was al­ways to cre­ate some­thing highly dis­tinc­tive and un­de­ni­ably spe­cial be­cause small still de­serves to be cool.

“At 125sqm (to­tal size) this is a new gen­er­a­tion home for a new gen­er­a­tion of home­own­ers. It bridges the gap be­tween the free­stand­ing home and the apart­ment – home and land with all the fin­ishes and qual­ity you ex­pect from a new home at the cost of a pre­vi­ously-owned apart­ment.”

It has been de­signed at 7.5m wide for good rea­son, both to keep it af­ford­able and suit the tar­get mar­ket, and while it may sound slim, when you walk in­doors this is one of those de­signs that feels big­ger than it sounds.

The en­try hall is min­i­mal but you im­me­di­ately no­tice the high 2.7m ceil­ings, which make a big im­pact, and there’s a se­ries of rooms right in front of you. A small study, which faces the street, is big enough to be a solid home of­fice, and has been clev­erly de­signed with high and side win­dows to max­imise the wall space for fur­ni­ture place­ment.

A com­pact bath­room is well-de­signed with a long shower re­cess and dou­ble basins, so there’s no need to miss out on to­day’s lux­u­ries ei­ther.

Bed­room one is mid­way along the de­sign and, con­sid­er­ing one side wall is set on the bound­ary, there’s still a con­sid­er­able amount of light en­ter­ing through the long rear-fac­ing win­dow, which again has been care­fully con­sid­ered. Its size is rea­son­able for the size of this home, and it and the sec­ond bed­room, which is op­po­site, both come stan­dard with built-in wardrobes. It, too, has a rear-fac­ing source of light and also sits on the bound­ary di­rectly be­hind the sin­gle car garage.

From here you pass the sep­a­rate laun­dry with a sec­ond toi­let op­tion, be­fore the Pic­colo opens to the liv­ing zone, in­cor­po­rat­ing a stream­lined L-shaped kitchen and ad­ja­cent din­ing area.

It’s here we looked towards the front of the home and then out to the rear yard, and both my part­ner and I com­mented on its de­cent size and sim­ple and un­clut­tered lay­out.

With win­dows on two sides, and slid­ing doors open­ing up the rear, the liv­ing zone has more space than the av­er­age apart­ment. “The home has been max­imised to pro­vide a space per­fect for liv­ing and en­ter­tain­ing,” David says.

“The show­piece of the home is the in­side/ out­side liv­ing, with an open plan kitchen flow­ing through to the in­ter­nal liv­ing area and into the gar­den, per­fect for bar­be­cues.”

The rear yard (land­scap­ing comes fin­ished in the fixed price) adds that all-im­por­tant ex­tra space for en­ter­tain­ing or just re­lax­ing in the sun­light, and it’s also great if you have pets.

But go­ing back to the front, if the fa­cade on dis­play isn’t to your lik­ing – I per­son­ally like its strik­ing look – there are a mul­ti­tude of fa­cade op­tions avail­able in­clud­ing brick and ren­der, and other dis­tinc­tive de­signs and win­dow con­fig­u­ra­tions, at a va­ri­ety of price points.

“In­ter­nally, to make life easy, we have Modello Stu­dio, our in-house de­sign­ers, who can cre­ate sev­eral co-or­di­nated op­tions for you to se­lect from, in­clud­ing all in­ter­nal el­e­ments you need to con­sider. I’m sure there is one to suit you, but if not we’ll cus­tomise at your re­quest,” David says.

For those want­ing some­thing a lit­tle big­ger on a sim­i­lar foot­print block, you will also find a three­bed­room, two-storey al­ter­na­tive next door, the Grande, at the As­ton Hills dis­play vil­lage.

“Our plan was al­ways to cre­ate some­thing highly dis­tinc­tive and un­de­ni­ably spe­cial be­cause small still de­serves to be cool.”

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