Thursday, 26 February 2015

Slim and Sexy

Enjoy a hotel lifestyle in the urban environment of the Terrace 215 by Family Homes

An executive residence reminiscent of a luxury hotel suite, but with the space of a family home, will appeal to professionals and urbanites alike.

Family Homes’ two storey Terrace 215 is ideal as an inner suburban dwelling and shows how a narrow block can be turned into a contemporary home that checks off all the modern wishlist items.

Despite its 6.2m frontage, there’s 214.6sqm of space inside, with both upper and lower – level living zones. Its moder, angular exterior is striking and it epitomises urban thinking with a well considered floorplan which keeps in mind how you will live, as well as your neighbours. One wall of the home is left completely solid, so there is the option for it to sit on the boundary, subject to council regulations, of course.

Its features give a distinct boutique hotel impression, with a wide balcony on the upper level to take in views. As with hotel suites, privacy is assured, with a long hallway leading from the entry on the lower level, to the main living area at the back of the design. A single garage, with internal access to the hallway sits under the main roofline at the front and also has a long provisional space for storage or a workbench. Behind it a separate toilet comes off the laundry utility, which is a handy convenience for dropping clothes off in the morning thanks to its central location next to the stairs and the home’s exists.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms: Two minor rooms at the back (with exterior and side windows) and the master at the front which offers ample room for furniture and a dressing provision, an extensive walk through robe with two entry points, and sliding doors to the balcony. 

A luxurious ensuite with double length shower and elegant finishes completes the master suite. A study nook provicion has been created along the upper level’s hallway, which connects all the rooms and also provides linen storage. A three-way bathroom design offers a separate vanity area, toilet, bathtub and shower room. The main living is on the ground level at the rear, with sliding doors and windows on two sides of the lengthy space, which combines the kitchen, means and lounge. The area has been zoned from the hall by a door, meaning heating and cooling can be contained to where you need it, and also ensuring quiet areas.       

An island bench with breakfast bar provision and a double sink frames the light – filled gallery kitchen. This part of the home, from the laundry down, has been inset along the side to allow a long, narrow outdoor area, even on thin blocks, for the washing line and bins.

The outdoor living  is ideally positioned at the back of the home, off the sliding doors.

Trudy Oram, HomeMagazine

Monday, 9 February 2015

Green to renovate your living room

Sometimes, all we have to do to renovate our house is to simply paint it. Quite often, the living room is the first room we see in a house and where we most of the time have our friends stay when they visit us. To dress it up with a personalised touch, we can abandon the traditional white paint on the walls and use bolder colours and even bright ones, at least on one side of the wall. Rendition Homes' pick for today's post is green. Green, because it's a colour that makes a room look fresh and informal. Green also because it is a symbol of vitality and equilibrium, which makes it a perfect colour for the conversation area of the house.

For the living room sometimes it is enough to paint only the main wall, the one you see as soon as you walk into the room, playing it with the furniture placed near or against it. For example, if against that wall you place the lounge, you can use cushions of the same green or other colours to play a pleasant game of contrast, but always using elements to guide the eye around the room. Do not use too many objects to decorate, as it will not be a nice look. If you use books, keep them always looking neat. 

Here are some examples of how you could personalise your living room: