Take a look at this Grand Design
I love open plan living and the sense of togetherness it invokes. But if I’m truthful, there are times when I crave some space of my own – particularly if it’s been a long week or my kids won’t stop chasing each other around the kitchen table!
Fortunately, Fairmont Homes’ four-bedroom two-bathroom Grand Design, which is on display at Eden estate, Two Wells, caters perfectly to my needs, thanks to a clever open-plan layout and a series of well-connected living spaces.
A wide square opening helps define the back lounge room as its own distinct space, while still remaining part of the Grand Design’s open-plan family living/dining and kitchen area, and it would be my perfect spot.
The opening, which is really just an oversized doorway (minus the door) from the meals area to the lounge, effectively creates the feeling of being in a different room yet still allows you to keep an eye on whoever or whatever is happening in the kitchen or at the dining table, or even the adjacent alfresco.
Adding to the cosy feel, a bulkhead niche houses streamlined built-in cabinetry in a matt dark colour and a wall-mounted TV, which adds a sense of continuity and sophistication.
While I appreciate this lounge for the feeling of privacy and calmness it will provide parents in their otherwise frenzied family life, Fairmont Homes’ sales manager Graeme Baird says the design features, such as the square opening, also play an important part in the aesthetics of the home.
“The square openings have been thickened out, creating a visual segregation between the two (family and lounge) areas without the use of walls or doors,’’ Graeme says.
“This adds an elegance to the area and visually emphasises the size of the home.’’
Square openings are also used as a design feature to zone the private home theatre, the home’s third living zone, from the front entry. In both this and the lounge, I really like how a sense of intimacy is created without the need to block the rooms off from the rest of the house.
Graeme says it’s a good example of how the smallest of features can have a significant impact on the overall feel of a home.
“Good design is all about attention to detail, creating areas that flow yet are also practical, easy to furnish and provide for the needs of family,’’ he says.
“This is the ultimate family home … equally popular with growing families as well as those downsizing from established older homes that are still seeking large rooms and open spaces.’’
The Grand Design is a big home and as well as having four bedrooms, three living zones and a large alfresco, it is showcased at Two Wells on a huge block that would suit families with active children.
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The design would also be well suited for those who like to entertain with the kitchen boasting two generous bench spaces including an island bench, good cupboard and drawer storage and room to house a 90cm oven.
A separate butler’s pantry helps to hide any food prep mess while a nearby store room provides for extra pantry space if needed, or somewhere to keep bulky items – think school bags and sports gear – neatly contained.
A mix of timber-look and matt asphalt-coloured cabinetry adds just the right amount of sophistication while white benchtops, textured splashback tiles and floor tiles prevent the area from looking cavernous.
This area opens out to a modern alfresco that Graeme says would be an ideal spot for creating family memories.
The Grand Design has four bedrooms, with a well-proportioned master suite situated at the front of the house. I particularly appreciate locating the hotel-style ensuite at the end of a large, functional walk-in robe, which means minimal noise disturbance if you’re looking for a weekend sleep-in but your partner likes to get up early to shower. The dark cabinetry and feature wall tiles and contrasting white splashback and central vanity, which neatly hides the toilet, continue the sophisticated tone of the rest of the home.
The other three bedrooms are well sized, with the display featuring double beds in two of them. All are tucked away in a private wing on the left-hand side of the home and serviced by a three-way bathroom, which includes a storage area for linen.
At the end of the bedroom wing is a large, galley-style laundry, with plenty of benchspace for sorting and folding and floor-to-ceiling storage.
At 291sqm, this home offers plenty of space but never feels overwhelming. Most of what is on display is included in Fairmont’s standard pricing, which Graeme says makes it suitable for a variety of buyers. It would also fit a range of locations.
“The Grand Design ticks all the boxes that most people are shopping for,’’ Graeme says.
“This home is all about clean lines, contemporary, popular warm timber features mixed with light tiles – a good example of less is more.
“It’s winning design is equally at home in the eastern suburbs as it is in the modern, newly-developed areas of Adelaide.’’