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The ca­sual liv­ing space flows out on to a large un­der­cover al­fresco, which is de­signed to make the most of the Mediter­ranean cli­mate

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but if you think about it, the cover is what can also sell you the book. The im­pres­sive dou­ble-fronted Vir­ginia Al­fresco by States­man Homes has an im­me­di­ate street pres­ence, with its com­mand­ing fa­cade fea­tur­ing a mix­ture of ren­der, brick and warm­ing tim­ber de­tails. Its 16m-wide de­sign, com­plete with dou­ble garage and a front ve­randa, sets the tone for the house and com­ple­ments the spa­cious floor­plan and in­te­rior styling.

Squar­ish in shape and sprawl­ing over 278.98sqm, this four-bed­room, two-bath­room de­sign will suit a tra­di­tional-sized block or larger, with the op­tion to en­joy a big back­yard if build­ing on a deep al­lot­ment. It’s the style of home that will ideally suit de­vel­op­ments such as Two Wells, Mt Barker and Vir­ginia Grove – where you can see this home on dis­play at Ju­niper Boule­vard.

The Vir­ginia Al­fresco has been de­signed with fam­i­lies front of mind, en­sur­ing there is space to spread out. It’s been bal­anced with prac­ti­cal­ity both in­side and out, with a place for ev­ery­thing, room for time to­gether and ar­eas where par­ents can keep a watch­ful eye over chil­dren.

States­man Homes’ de­signer di­rec­tor, Ruth Vagnarelli, says it’s a great de­sign if you love en­ter­tain­ing, whether it’s an im­promptu bar­be­cue or an or­gan­ised birth­day cel­e­bra­tion.

“Be­ing a four-bed­room home with two large liv­ing ar­eas and an un­der­cover al­fresco, the buy­ers have pre­dom­i­nantly been sec­ond-home buy­ers with chil­dren,” Ruth says.

The liv­ing ar­eas and sleep­ing quar­ters have been care­fully zoned on op­po­site sides of the home to pre­vent un­wanted household or en­ter­tain­ing noise from trav­el­ling and dis­rupt­ing sleep­ing lit­tle ones.

“The lux­u­ri­ous mas­ter bed­room suite is a haven where par­ents can es­cape household noise,” Ruth says. Po­si­tioned at the front of the home, it of­fers a his-and-hers walk-through robe, which pro­vides ac­cess to the pri­vate en­suite.

A wall-to-wall shower and dou­ble van­ity in the mas­ter suite in­cludes all of the bells and whis­tles a cou­ple could hope for, cre­at­ing a gen­er­ous space of their own to re­treat to.

Be­hind this, in a wing to the side, are the re­main­ing three bed­rooms. Mi­nor bed­rooms two and three fea­ture the lux­ury of hav­ing a walk-in wardrobe, while bed­room four is a flex­i­ble room which can also be used as a study, home of­fice or guest room.

Ser­vic­ing these bed­rooms is the nearby three­way bath­room. With an open van­ity, bath­tub and shower, as well as a sep­a­rate toi­let, it’s ideal for shar­ing with ca­pa­bil­i­ties for multi-use – a real plus on school morn­ings. A good-sized laun­dry is next door and keeps the wet ar­eas to­gether, which also helps keep build costs down.

The cen­tral part of the Vir­ginia Al­fresco is the open-plan fam­ily, kitchen and meals area, which faces both the rear and one side of the home.

It’s the real deal when it comes to en­ter­tain­ing and will surely be ap­pre­ci­ated by big fam­i­lies. With an un­der­cover al­fresco, which comes as a stan­dard, there is op­por­tu­nity to host large groups. Sim­ply add heat­ing and some music and it’s ready for year-round use.

“The ca­sual liv­ing space flows out on to a large un­der­cover al­fresco, which is de­signed to make the most of the Mediter­ranean cli­mate,” Ruth says.

The gal­ley-style kitchen in­cludes a huge but­ler’s pantry to one side and an is­land bench with break­fast bar over­hang (in Laminex’s Es­sa­s­tone in Cal­cite Gloss) for ca­sual meals. Three white pen­dant lights sit above the bench, con­trast­ing nicely against the dark kitchen cab­i­netry. Plenty of over­head and be­low-bench stor­age (as well as the but­ler’s pantry) en­sures household clut­ter is kept to min­i­mum.

“We un­der­stand fam­i­lies can be messy, as life is hec­tic, but to make main­tain­ing a tidy home as easy as pos­si­ble we have added loads of stor­age,” Ruth says. “The huge pantry is de­signed to hide the mess as kitchens are on show 24/7, be­ing at the heart of fam­ily life.”

With large win­dows through­out the home and glass slid­ing doors in the open-plan liv­ing area, it’s a home which is flooded with nat­u­ral light. Re­search has proven that nat­u­ral light­ing helps peo­ple be more pro­duc­tive, happier, health­ier and calmer – so all the more rea­son to let it fill your home.

Giv­ing fam­ily mem­bers a choice on where to spread out and re­lax is the home theatre near the home’s en­try.

“Fam­i­lies don’t need to live on top of one an­other, so there is a sep­a­rate home theatre which is also a per­fect spot for for­mal en­ter­tain­ing as the ca­sual zone at the rear can be shut off,” Ruth says.

The Vir­ginia Al­fresco dis­play fea­tures Scandi in­flu­ences, cre­at­ing a bright and airy in­te­rior that works per­fectly with the home’s lay­out.

The fin­ish­ing touches are the light tim­ber fur­ni­ture, beau­ti­ful, colour­ful art and soft fur­nish­ings in blush and soft blues that add an up­lift­ing sense of space.

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