Ru­ral haven has the right blend

Light-filled spaces and pic­turesque views make an An­gas­ton home a con­tem­po­rary de­light, writes Sarah Daly.

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FIND­ING a bal­ance be­tween coun­try liv­ing and ur­ban con­ve­nience led the owner of an An­gas­ton re­treat to build a home of­fer­ing the best of both worlds. Set among the idyl­lic An­gas­ton hills and just five min­utes’ drive from the town­ship, the ar­chi­tec­turally de­signed home was built as a re­sult of a lucky find.

‘‘I built the house back in 2008 and it was ac­tu­ally a bit of a stroke of luck to find this unique piece of land that not only of­fered a great space but was also close to town,’’ the ven­dor says.

The char­ac­ter-filled fam­ily home fea­tures four bed­rooms and a large liv­ing space, which the ven­dor says is the per­fect space for en­ter­tain­ing and spend­ing time to­gether as a fam­ily. ‘‘I love the large and open liv­ing space and one of the most im­por­tant things in the build­ing was to in­tro­duce plenty of nat­u­ral light into the space,’’ he says.

‘‘I re­ally wanted to make the most of the light and utilised the north­ern as­pect with sky­light win­dows and bi­fold doors which are all dou­ble glazed.

‘‘It gets pretty cold here dur­ing the win­ter so the nat­u­ral light keeps the house warm, which helps to save money on power bills, too.’’

The win­dows not only al­low in the light but they also show off the view. A large pic­ture win­dow brings the out­side in. ‘‘You can en­joy the view from prac­ti­cally ev­ery room and I re­ally wanted to bring the nat­u­ral beauty of An­gas­ton in­side the home,’’ the ven­dor says.

The liv­ing area con­sists of a large, open-plan space, with a dou­ble-sided cen­tral fire­place which helps de­fine the kitchen and din­ing area from the lounge. The liv­ing room leads out to a cov­ered pa­tio, which can be used for out­door en­ter­tain­ing.

The feel­ing of na­ture ex­tends to the dec­o­rat­ing scheme, with a largely neu­tral set­ting high­lighted by tim­ber floor­boards.

‘‘When it came to the dec­o­rat­ing, one of the most im­por­tant things was get­ting nat­u­ral tim­ber through the main liv­ing space,’’ the ven­dor says. ‘‘I wanted to give the home a tra­di­tional touch but with all the mod­ern con­ve­niences.’’

The ven­dor says this bal­ance be­tween tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary is also one of the best things about liv­ing in An­gas­ton. ‘‘It’s a great lit­tle town of­fer­ing all the mod­ern el­e­ments like schools, restau­rants and shops in a nat­u­ral set­ting,’’ he says. ‘‘The sense of com­mu­nity here is won­der­ful.’’

Brock Har­courts Hom­burg Barossa, ph 8563 2599, David Brau­nack 0418 841 349. Fea­tures: Three-bed­room du­plex with an open-plan kitchen and din­ing room, sep­a­rate lounge and good-size back­yard. 40 Moore St, Blyth Agent: Jack Red­den Real Es­tate Mid­North, ph 8842 1154, Mark White 0409 091 796. Fea­tures: Two-bed­room home with large lounge and din­ing rooms and plenty of stor­age. A gen­er­ous out­door en­ter­tain­ment area, air­con­di­tion­ing, com­bus­tion heater and rain­wa­ter tanks.

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