In­side-out style brings light re­lief

There’s bach­e­lor style with family space in an in­side-out de­sign by lead­ing ar­chi­tect Max Pritchard, writes Sarah Daly.

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FOR the ven­dors of a St Peters home, find­ing a bal­ance be­tween bach­e­lor style and a fam­i­lyfriendly en­vi­ron­ment was key to the de­sign. The ven­dors say the de­sign by ar­chi­tect Max Pritchard in­cor­po­rates liv­ing spa­ces for adults and chil­dren while re­tain­ing a bach­e­lor ap­peal.

‘‘I ba­si­cally did some re­search and liked the look of Max’s build­ings; we met here a cou­ple of times and told him how I wanted to live in the house and he came back with the con­cept draw­ing which met my needs per­fectly,’’ one of the ven­dors says.

‘‘I wanted the rooms of a family home but with those bach­e­lor rooms, like the home the­atre and bil­liard room.’’

The ven­dors say the out­door space was also key to the de­sign and they wanted to bring the out­side in­side the home.

‘‘The home gets great light and I wanted to in­te­grate out­side and in and Max does this so well,’’ one of the ven­dors says.

‘‘The in­door kitchen flows di­rectly out to the out­door kitchen through large bi-fold doors so you can use it as one big space.’’

Set be­side the 17m pool, the out­door kitchen, which has views over the St Peters bil­l­abong, in­cludes an out­door fridge, bar­be­cue with wok burner, gas heat­ing and pizza oven.

‘‘We love en­ter­tain­ing and although we do have a lot of so­phis­ti­cated din­ner par­ties, we re­cently had a kid-friendly pizza party where they could make their own piz­zas and watch movies and swim,’’ one of the ven­dors says.

‘‘The home re­ally is a kid-mag­net. I’ve never seen a child come here and not want to race up and down the halls.’’ In­side the home, the large open-plan liv­ing and kitchen area in­cludes an open fire­place.

The kitchen in­cludes Vik­ing Pro­fes­sional and Miele ap­pli­ances and a plumbed-in pro­fes­sional San Marino cof­fee ma­chine.

‘‘We both ab­so­lutely love cook­ing so the kitchen gets a lot of use,’’ one of the ven­dors says.

‘‘We have a ‘Mince Pie and Sparkling Shi­raz’ party ev­ery year at Christ­mas time and cater for around 30 to 40 peo­ple; it’s a great way to kick the sea­son off.’’

The ven­dors also say they en­joy en­ter­tain­ing friends in the din­ing space, the pool room and in the home the­atre, which in­cludes raked seat­ing for nine peo­ple.

There’s also room for guests to spend the night in the guest bed­room, which is sep­a­rate from the other bed­rooms.

‘‘We wanted a space for guests away from ev­ery­thing else so they can have their pri­vacy,’’ one of the ven­dors says.

The main bed­room in­cludes un­der­floor heat­ing, a large walk-in wardrobe and en­suite and is ser­viced by a C-bus home au­to­ma­tion sys­tem.

Two of the other three bed­rooms are set away from the main bed­room.

‘‘We have sit­u­ated two of the bed­rooms and a bath­room in a ‘kids’ wing’ which can be closed off from the rest of the house,’’ one of the ven­dors says.

‘‘And although we have lived in the home as a cou­ple and have ab­so­lutely loved it, it would also be a won­der­ful family home.’’

Close to schools and Lin­ear Park, the ven­dors say they love the lo­ca­tion.

‘‘Even though you can walk to town along the river in around 20 min­utes, the amaz­ing views of the bil­l­abong and parks make you feel like you’re in the coun­try,’’ they say.

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