Children are the centre of families and even when yours have grown up and left home, there is always a need to consider them in your home life.
Sometimes the biggest choice is whether to keep the family home where your children
grew up. But when there’s only one or two of you left living in it, it may feel a little too big to take care of.
Downsizing to a smaller home, but one that still has enough space to do your thing – and have room for your children or more likely, the grandchildren to stay over, is one option.
A design such as Hickinbotham’s Greendale is one such choice that offers affordable and low maintenance living, will fit on a courtyard block, which is ideal if you don’t want too much of a garden and still has enough bedrooms to fit extended family.
At 11.50m wide and 21.04m deep, there’s a decent 204.06sqm of total space inside the Greendale, with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two separated living areas.
It comes with a double garage as standard, which is always a plus for security and home safety, and there’s well-integrated storage that will take care of all those possessions you’ve gathered on life’s journey.
While it will suit retirees, it will also be a good fit for first home buyers and second home buyers as it offers the finishing touches these buyers will appreciate.
Hickinbotham’s design director Ruth Vagnarelli says the Greendale is a cleverly designed home that fits a lot of living space and sleeping quarters on a courtyard block.
“The best thing about this home is, it is a four-bedroom home but can be built on a 12.5m wide block – this means you can save money on the land without compromising,” she says.
“It still offers everything, two living areas, great storage and a convenient three-way bathroom.”
It is these inclusions which have led the Greendale to be one of Hickinbothan’s most popular courtyard homes, and their newest display of this design is at Seaford Heights, where it’s showcased with a fresh style and sophisticated aesthetic, including 2.7m-high ceilings.
If you like a natural, nature-inspired home interior, look no further as the Greendale displays it in abundance. Think fresh green tones, dark wood and vibrant seaside blues, all of which give it a very summer-inspired palette.
“The Greendale has an eclectic feel with a sophisticated edge through the use of dark timbers, patterned homewares and textured fabrics,” Ruth says.
“The colour palette is inspired by nature: the chocolate browns, indigo blues and grassy greens. This provides a sense of calm and respite from today’s hectic pace.”
The home has two bright living zones, one kept as a cosy retreat with carpet and soft furnishings, while the more vast open-plan living zone centres around the kitchen and looks out to the side and rear yards.
“Big windows are designed to maximise space and light. The large open plan casual area feels really big,” Ruth says.
“And the large entry gives it a spacious feel as soon as you enter.”
One feature that impressed on this visit was the placement of sliding doors off the combined galley kitchen/dining zone. While it may seem like a minor detail, the placement means both areas have fabulous light streaming in, and with an established garden outside, it sends a lovely burst of greenery into the interior and shows how good a narrow side yard can be when planted out with lush shrubs and trees.
Of course, the kitchen is pretty impressive as well, with a long white island bench as its focal point and dressed in Essatone’s Crystallite with waterfall edges.
A dark glass splashback is a reflective masterpiece – and acts as a good mirror – and makes the open plan zone feel double the size. There’s a bank of good storage which includes above and below counter kitchen cupboards, and behind it, there’s a walk-in pantry at one end of the kitchen.
At the other end, off the hallway, is an equally good store room.
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“There’s sophisticated elements like the black-glass splashback in the kitchen, a double oven, undermount sink and Essastone benchtop,” Ruth says.
When grandchildren come over to stay, three of the four bedrooms are grouped at the back, so it should be quiet and ideal for toddlers’ nap-time sleeps.
Once the children are awake though, they are bound to love the fact that the main living zone has two points of entry, near the kitchen and at the lounge end, making it fun for a game of chasey or hide-and-seek.
The bathrooms and laundry, including the ensuite off the master bedroom are also grouped off the hallway, and are polished, well-laid out and spacious. Putting these areas together is a cost-effective way of building a new home, which will be appreciated by all new home buyers.
The storage in the laundry is also worthy of a mention, and even though this is an upgrade option, it’s always good to see how much storage can be packed in to a long space such as this, particularly when it has got a tall cupboard, above counter cupboards and rails for ironed clothing to hang.
“My favourite feature is the outstanding storage – storeroom off the hallway, a large walk-in pantry, all bedrooms have built-in robes and the master has a walk-in robe,” Ruth says.