Space for a family
AFTER a decade battling frosty conditions in Alaska, a career move for Martin Novak and wife Elaine was the catalyst for a relocation to Adelaide and to their 1905 Kingswood veranda villa.
The couple and their two sons moved into the Halsbury Ave home nine years ago.
With the boys in their 20s, the Novaks are now looking for something smaller.
‘‘Homes in Adelaide at the time were very different, with individual rooms rather than open-plan spaces,’’ Ms Novak says. ‘‘We found that the size of the rooms in this home were fantastic and we saw the potential to modify.’’
The Novaks updated the open-plan living space towards the rear of the home as well installing a new Jag kitchen overlooking the pool.
‘‘I can see the pool from the kitchen – it’s my favourite spot in the house,’’ Ms Novak says.
‘‘We opened up the back of the home and turned it into a real family hub of the house.’’
The home, on a 1162sq m corner block, comprises two separate sleeping zones as well as formal and family living areas.
There are five large bedrooms, most king-sized with original fireplaces. The master bedroom includes a modern ensuite and walk-in robe.
There is a family bathroom along with a convenient powder room and ducted reverse-cycle airconditioning throughout.
‘‘Almost every window you look out of you’re looking at garden as well,’’ Ms Novak says.
The open-plan space that the Novaks updated provides french-door access to sweeping verandas, the solar-heated swimming pool and entertaining terrace.
‘‘We have had some great parties out there,’’ Ms Novak says.
Located in the city’s inner south, the property is perfect for families of all sizes, Ms Novak says.
‘‘Kingswood’s great and since they’ve modernised the Mitcham shopping centre, it’s great – we can just walk down there and go to the cinema,’’ she says. ‘‘I think the home would suit a family that is growing or needing the space.’’