Lit­tle home be­comes an en­ter­tainer

A makeover has turned a sim­ple lit­tle cream brick house into a home of dreams, writes Ben Hyde.

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ALIT­TLE three-bed­room cream brick home is a far cry from what now stands in its place at Gold­sack St, Glen Os­mond. The ven­dors bought the prop­erty about eight years ago and used their back­ground in prop­erty de­vel­op­ment and in­te­rior de­sign to cre­ate their dream home.

‘‘It was just a lit­tle cream brick, three­bed­room place,’’ the ven­dors say.

‘‘It was a pretty ex­ten­sive process to cre­ate what we have now.

‘‘The de­sign and con­struc­tion of it took about 18 months.’’

Af­ter sev­eral years in the build­ing in­dus­try, the ven­dors say the de­sign of the home came to them nat­u­rally.

‘‘You get to a point in your life when you know what space suits you,’’ the ven­dors say.

‘‘We al­ways pre­fer to have the gar­den com­ing into the home, no mat­ter what time of the year.

‘‘That’s why there are floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows all around.’’

The two-level home boasts 720sq m of liv­ing space, with gen­er­ous rooms and a seam­less in­door-out­door flow through­out.

The en­try level fea­tures a host of in­door and out­door liv­ing spaces, in­clud­ing for­mal and ca­sual ar­eas and ex­pan­sive al­fresco en­ter­tain­ing bal­conies and ter­races.

‘‘We like the out­door liv­ing and we like to en­ter­tain out­side as well as in­side,’’ the ven­dors say.

‘‘Hence, the house flows out from nu­mer­ous places into the gar­den, on to bal­conies and ter­races, the pool and the ten­nis court.’’

Also on the en­try level, a par­ents’ re­treat and a chil­dren’s wing flank each side of the liv­ing spaces.

The mas­ter suite is ex­ten­sive and in­cor­po­rates a large bed­room with bal­cony ac­cess and an ad­join­ing re­treat or li­brary, with a mar­ble fire­place, that leads to a ter­race and over­looks the pool.

In the mas­ter suite is an ensuite, dress­ing room and a walk-in wardrobe to store the largest of col­lec­tions.

On the other wing are two large bed­rooms, one with an ad­join­ing study, and a bath­room with a spa.

‘‘We still have one son at home so he is to­tally in­de­pen­dent with his own wing and study area,’’ the ven­dors say.

Be­tween the wings are the liv­ing ar­eas, in­clud­ing a for­mal din­ing room, a large liv­ing room, kitchen and ca­sual meals area.

‘‘The fam­ily, kitchen and the meals all flow on and then it goes straight out to the back to the pool and bar­be­cue,’’ the ven­dors say.

‘‘We like more of the ca­sual liv­ing and en­ter­tain­ing but there is a for­mal din­ing room, which we have kept, not that we use it very much.’’

The ven­dors say the out­door liv­ing and en­ter­tain­ing at the prop­erty is a joy.

‘‘The front ve­randa and bal­cony are beau­ti­ful,’’ they say. ‘‘You can sit in the gar­den and see the city lights at night and the sun­sets.’’

Down­stairs, the prop­erty has a stu­dio, or fourth bed­room, and the ultimate ‘‘man cave’’ or teenage re­treat: a home theatre witha 2.9m screen, a bar and bil­liards area. There is also a cel­lar and gym room. ‘‘The prop­erty is ideal for a young fam­ily or a fam­ily with teenage chil­dren,’’ the ven­dors say. ‘‘You have all the fa­cil­i­ties: the games room down­stairs with big screen and pool ta­ble, the swim­ming pool and the ten­nis court.’’

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