LIGHT AND AIRY, STATESMAN HOMES’ VIRGINIA ALFRESCO IS IDEAL FOR A BIG BLOCK
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.