They say practice makes perfect, and for Karen and Darren Ingram building their fifth home proved just that.
“When we built this home five years ago it was going to be our forever home,” Ms Ingram said.
“From the other houses we built we have learned a lot. This was designed exactly for us and all our needs and we didn’t miss a thing.”
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It didn’t hurt either that Mr Ingram was a builder, and that the couple are both self-confessed perfectionists with eyes for detail.
That said, they wanted a large, liveable home that would accommodate the needs of busy family — their three sons now aged 20, 19 and 17, were active teenagers who needed plenty of space.
The home they created at 30 Thomas St, North Manly, proved just right — five double bedrooms, four internal living areas including home theatre, gym, games room, and the kitchen/dining area, which has proved to be the heart of the much-loved home.
The kitchen has a large stone island bench and butler’s pantry and adjoins an all-weather, covered terrace and overlooks the back yard and swimming pool, all made wonderfully private with low-maintenance landscaping.
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Mrs Ingram said the flow from the kitchen to the outdoor room and the north-facing yard was a highlight of the home, and was perfect in every season.
There is hydronic gas underfloor heating to the ground floor living areas, and two ducted airconditioning systems with six zones, but she said the house design maximised the air flow and caught the fresh breezes.
The outdoor terrace has high cedar ceilings with a fan, a built-in servery and barbecue, bar fridge and surround- sound system.
“This home is absolutely fantastic for entertaining,” Mrs Ingram said.
She said the home would be perfect for families of all ages, and with everything designed to make life easier.
The gardens are irrigated, the pool is self-cleaning and the house is low-maintenance.
“It’s really for someone who wants to walk in and have nothing to do,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Ingram family is moving on to project number six, which is sure to be spectacular.
The home is due to go to auction on March 9, at 11am, with a price guide of $2,900,000. For more information contact James Smyth, of Smyth Estate Agents.