Space for a fam­ily

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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.’’

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