A home that is seriously good for entertaining
Take a minute to imagine it’s Friday night, you’ve just come home from work, and you’re having friends over in half an hour. The kids are setting up the home theatre room ready for a movie, while you’re setting the table (in the dining room if it’s winter, or the alfresco if it’s summer), and you’re almost ready to relax into the evening.
Dinner is warming in your multiple ovens in your pristine gourmet kitchen over there, while any prep is tucked away in the butler’s pantry just around the corner.
Sound like your home? Mine neither, but if you wished for a home with all of these entertainer elements – and a few more – I’d probably direct you to Format Homes’ majestic Madison design.
This single-storey four-bedroom home is impressive and it’s not just the fact the living areas span the full width of this design.
It certainly feels spacious as you walk through, thanks to 3.3m ceilings upon entry (also in the master bedroom), and 2.7m throughout the rest.
The Madison, which is on display at Lightsview, is one of those homes that has an appealing feel and without a doubt, it has to be due to the central living zone.
From the home theatre to the open plan with the lounge and dining, and over to the alfresco and kitchen, this generous entertainment hub is both welcoming and contemporary. There’s a mix of elegant finishes in this zone, from the stone-look floor tiles warmed by a large rug, to the gloss kitchen cabinetry and the wall-mounted fireplace, which at this time of the year is the first thing you gravitate to.
The fireplace is one of several features, including a study nook, low joinery and cabinets, which have been integrated into the floorplan and recessed into niches for a streamlined flow.
Format Homes’ chief executive Marco Formato says the Madison design has been well received by visitors to the display.
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“The aesthetics are stunning, it is a good looking design that has been specced to look amazing,” he says.
“The ‘open plan’ main living area is the central focal point of the home, with pretty much all the other areas of the house coming off of it.
“The design is a key selling point — it’s very easy to modify this design to meet specifics for other buyers (i.e. empty-nesters may decide to remove one of the bedrooms if it’s not needed) while still keeping the ‘feel’ of the design.
“As it is, this design suits both entertainers and those with kids. The design having four bedrooms allows the kids to have their own room each, while the combined family/meals/kitchen with integral alfresco suits entertainers perfectly.
“It’s a really flexible, modern design.”
Adding atmosphere that kids will love, the home theatre feels cinema-like with its black wall, and for a continuous flow the colour is repeated in the study nook and lounge wall.
Meanwhile, even if you’re preparing a platter of food in the kitchen, or popping plates into the dishwasher in the well equipped walk-in pantry, you’ll still be within earshot of your party’s conversation, be it at the dining table or in the alfresco. And you’ll soon be wondering how you ever managed without this efficient pantry with its second sink, dishwasher, microwave and all its storage, before open and closed.
Once everyone has enjoyed the evening’s festivities and left for the night, the kids can retreat to the three bedrooms in the home’s back wing to enjoy a peaceful night’s rest, while you can head toward the entry foyer and into the lofty master suite with its 3.3m ceiling, walk-through wardrobe and generous ensuite.
“The master suite is the ‘retreat’ for many people nowadays, letting them get away from the hectic pace of ‘day-to-day’ of life,” Marco says. “Off the master bedroom is the ensuite, which features double vanity bowls and a shower and WC tucked away behind glass doors. The ensuite looks stunning, clad in marble-type tiles to the ceiling, with a feature mosaic to the vanity cupboard wall.”
The ensuite is extremely bright, thanks to a large window with obscured glass, as well as hi-lite window above the vanity which is a discreet but clever inclusion.
Of course, this isn’t the Madison’s only bathroom, and the main one is situated within easy each of all minor bedrooms and offers both a bath and shower. It’s adjacent the laundry and a separate powder room in the back quarters, which is ideal for guests to access.
Linen storage is also integrated into this wing, both in the hallway and laundry, which is another big plus.
But undoubtably for most visitors to the Madison, it’s the pleasant feel throughout, from the impressive entrance to the flow out to the alfresco, to the generous room sizes and all the extra inclusions that make this an appealing home design. And the fact that it is flexible and can be adjusted to suit a bigger or smaller block, with less bedrooms or more, means you can customise it to exactly how you need it.
“This design built ‘as-is’ will be suited to a larger conventional block, whether in a subdivision such as Lightsview or as a ‘knock down and rebuild’ in an already established area (something we’re experts at helping clients work do!),” Marco says.
“Of course, our design consultants can modify the design to suit your block size.”