Escape from busy city lifestyle
Kids feed horses and foals at the rear of this home, writes Tom Bowden.
PEACE, quiet and a neighbour with horses are just some of the charms of a Mount Barker home, say vendors Caron and Mark Brown.
The Browns built their Homestead home nine years ago and Mrs Brown says it was designed to be an energyefficient escape from city life.
‘‘We wanted a homestead feel with a veranda around the outside and a nice country home to come home to,’’ Mrs Brown says.
‘‘We don’t have airconditioning because we have double-glazed windows and the ceiling and windows are well-insulated, so it’s cool in the summer.
‘‘It’s energy efficient so we don’t have to spend any money cooling it, and our hot water system runs through our fireplace so that heats up our water when that’s going, so our electricity usage is low in winter.
‘‘We have underfloor heating in the bathroom but we haven’t had to put that on in ages because the fireplace keeps the whole house warm in winter.’’
The single-storey brick home is set on a large 3008sq m block.
The home has five bedrooms, the master at the front with a walk-in robe and an attached ensuite with a shower.
The rear of the home features three more bedrooms — serviced by a main bathroom with bath and separate shower — and all have built-in robes.
Just off the front entry hall is a fifth bedroom/study, and opposite it is a living room with a window overlooking the front yard.
The heart of the home, Mrs Brown says, is an open-plan kitchen, meals and family room with timber floors and a slow-combustion heater.
The kitchen has an island bench, a pantry, timber cupboards, and a breakfast bar.
‘‘We’ve had heaps of parties here and the kids have had great gatherings here,’’ Mrs Brown says.
‘‘My girlfriend and I have cook-offs and there’s plenty of room for that and we never bump into each other.’’
Ms Brown says the home’s location is ideal.
‘‘It’s at the end of a cul-de-sac and we don’t get a lot of traffic, and the lady behind us has a horse riding school so we have horses and foals come right up to the back fence, and the kids go up there every day and feed them.’’