Sep­a­rate ar­eas for fam­ily liv­ing

The kitchen of a four-bed­room fam­ily home over­looks the swim­ming pool, writes Tom Dougherty.

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AMOD­ERN home at Toorak Gar­dens was de­signed at the out­set for chil­dren and en­ter­tain­ing friends and fam­ily, ven­dor Louisa Scott says. ‘‘We re­ally wanted to have a great fam­ily home which had sep­a­rate liv­ing ar­eas for the chil­dren and us,’’ she says.

‘‘My hus­band had the idea of a mud room, for when the kids come home in their muddy sports clothes there would be some­where for them to get all of that grotty gear off be­fore they come in­side.

‘‘We were keen to have a pool and some lovely out­door spa­ces as well, we have got two decks – one which has an out­door fire­place where we tend to grav­i­tate af­ter din­ner par­ties.’’

The home has four bed­rooms, with the mas­ter fea­tur­ing a walk-in robe and an en­suite with a bath and a dou­ble van­ity.

‘‘We re­ally wanted a mas­ter bed­room that has a sanc­tu­ary-feel,’’ she says.

Two of the other bed­rooms have built-in robes and all have built-in desks.

They are ser­viced by a bath­room, which has a bath, a sep­a­rate shower and a dou­ble van­ity.

In the mid­dle of the home is a kitchen, which has a walk-in pantry, a break­fast bar and stain­less steel ap­pli­ances, and a fam­ily room with a fire­place ad­ja­cent.

‘‘There is a din­ing and fam­ily area off the kitchen but slightly re­moved so you weren’t crowded on top of each other,’’ Ms Scott says.

‘‘We wanted to see the pool from the kitchen, which is a beau­ti­ful out­look.’’

One of the out­door en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas is ac­ces­si­ble through bi-fold doors from the kitchen.

In the back­yard is an in­ground salt-chlo­ri­nated swim­ming pool.

There are two other liv­ing ar­eas, one has a wall unit and the other has a fire­place.

The prop­erty also has a wa­ter fea­ture at the main en­trance, a laun­dry with ex­ter­nal ac­cess, wine cel­lar, and dou­ble garage with a panel-lift door. Ms Scott says the home is also well-lo­cated, be­ing close to schools and shop­ping and restau­rants along The Pa­rade.

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