Lighten up with space for a family
Floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outside in when it’s too cold to venture outdoors to entertain, writes Giuseppe Tauriello.
WHEN Tanya Cole was looking to buy a house three years ago, she wanted low-maintenance living and room to move for her two young children. That’s what she found at her Craighill Rd, St Georges, home.
‘‘I run my own business so it was easy for me to have a home that looked good and had everything I needed – a security system, being close to my business and it was easy for the kids to get to Pembroke,’’ she says.
‘‘I would say that one of the most important features for me was that as you walk into the home, there’s a lot of light. There are large windows in the open-plan kitchen, dining and living area – floor-to-ceiling windows that interact with the patio.’’
Built in 2003, the home has three large bedrooms. The master suite, which is located near the entry to the home on the lower level, has walk-in robes and an ensuite.
Further along the entry hall is a formal lounge room and, at the end, is an openplan kitchen, dining and living area. This is where Ms Cole does most of her entertaining.
‘‘I actually do some work for my business at home as well and there’s a lovely big table in the open area that’s great for dinner parties,’’ she says.
The large living room has a northerly aspect which allows for lots of natural light, beaming through french doors which provide access to a private courtyard garden, Ms Cole says.
‘‘It’s very low maintenance: an overgrown garden that needs a little cutting back and some space for my herbs,’’ she says. High ceilings with cornice detailing and porcelain tiling are featured throughout the home.
The kitchen has ivory-toned cabinetry, Caesarstone benchtops and Smeg and Bosch appliances.
Ms Cole says her children have the run of the second floor.
There are two large bedrooms: one with a large walk-in robe and retreat, and one with built-in robes.
‘‘They have a lounge room and quite a large bathroom as well and a little desk for their computer to do their work on,’’ Ms Cole says. A third guest bathroom with a separate vanity is also located on the lower level. Additional features of the home include an automated two-car garage with internal access, under-stair storage, reverse-cycle, ducted airconditioning, a security system and reticulated watering system.
Located at the front of a group of five residences, the home is perfectly set in a convenient location, Ms Cole says.
‘‘It’s a lovely area. The birds up there are just beautiful,’’ she says.
‘‘I’ve lived in Glenunga so it was just up the hill a bit for me.
‘‘It’s a quiet street, close to everything you would need but far enough away from all the noise.’’
Having always wanted a swimming pool, Ms Cole has decided to move to Erindale. But she says she will miss the low-maintenance lifestyle that her St Georges home has offered her and her young family.
‘‘For me, if it’s a family and they’re looking for something that’s lowmaintenance, something that’s easy to look after, then the home would suit them,’’ she says.
‘‘Also, it’s a good walking area so for people that want to keep fit it’s in a great spot. There’s good terrain for keeping the legs going.’’