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.
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.