I love champagne – the bubbles, the colour and, of course, the taste is quite exquisite too. I love it so much I’m even going to the Champagne region on my next holiday.
So when I saw the shimmering tone of some divine-looking kitchen cupboards in a display home at Andrews Farm – and then found out the colour was called champagne – well, they took on another dimension.
They are one of the many features in Sterling Homes’ new three-bedroom two-bathroom Macquarie Terrace 125 display at Brookmont estate that set a benchmark in terms of what a first home can be.
This gleaming choice of finish takes what would otherwise be a standard cupboard or drawer and elevates it to the next level. So does the Caesarstone benchtop with its crisp lines and expensive-looking style.
Both will be upgrade items in terms of your budget, but when it comes to a home you plan to live in for several years, then it could be worth it.
No longer does ‘first home’ have to mean basic amenities and that’s because builders have clued on to what the Millennial first-home buyers’ want and need, and have adjusted their thinking to suit, often with regular specials and extras offered when you sign up. This home is priced from $125,050 and that includes a double garage and 2.7m-high ceilings, two of the many sought-after must-haves.
Then there’s the polished large-format floor tiles. They look great so they are an easy choice, but also a clever one as the light reflective quality is always a good option in courtyard homes.
Don’t get me wrong, the Macquarie Terrace 125 design isn’t a small home, even though it will fit on a 12.5m-wide block.
With 181.57sqm of total size, including one main living zone in a L-configuration, plus the bonus of an outdoor terrace under the main roof, it’s ideal for couples, older downsizers looking for something less than what than had, and first home buyers with young families.
But it also will be good for investors wanting to build one or more as a subdivision investment project.
Sterling Homes’ operations manager Robert Argenio says the Macquarie Terrace 125 is a larger and more luxurious courtyard-home option, that is still reasonably priced and has good-size spaces for a comfortable lifestyle.
“We felt a villa home, while not grandiose, has a charm to it as your secluded piece of the world that you call home,” he says.
“The colour palette keeps things feeling light and traditional. With no use of a bold feature colour that demands attention, the entertaining area blends into one symbiotic space.
“To emphasise this calming and light feeling and to bring some extra colour and life into the home we used indoor plants which really enhance the feel of the home.”
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But structural inclusions will always help sway your mind on a design, and in this Macquarie, (there are several versions of this home to choose from) having a terrace under the main roof as part of the base design is a fabulous find, and means no extra needs to be spent on an outdoor entertaining area.
“This home is proving popular – the Macquarie design series is one of our best sellers and the Macquarie Terrace 125, with its specific features tailored to a more modern and spacious living area, is a great option for many people,” Robert says.
In the lounge, a recessed wall acts as a focal point and provides a niche for a television and the entertainment unit to sit in streamlined modern fashion.
The U-shaped kitchen is practical with wraparound cupboards, as well as that stunning benchtop in subtle Frosty Carrina – one of my favourite Caesarstone colours.
The dining also has its own zone which is another favourable feature and looks out to the backyard.
“The open living area is perfect for both everyday family life and for entertaining with friends,” Robert says.
“This home’s layout allows for a more flexible set out of furniture in the living area and a dedicated nook for a TV. The living, dining and kitchen all have a great outlook on to the terrace as well.”
The design’s three bedrooms are scattered from the front to the middle portion of the home, and in terms of street and neighbourhood noise, this will be a quiet position.
Each has built-in wardrobes as standard – and the master with a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite – and this is something you should look for on the plan to see if they are standard or come at an extra cost.
In the display, the long laundry is fitted out with a simple but long benchtop plus cupboards, which is great to find, and extremely handy, while the three-way bathroom down the hall offers a practical layout and a tall linen cupboard – just what families and renters alike will require.
I must add, these wet areas have been specced to look fabulous, with dark patterned feature tiles, which appear in both bathrooms and on the laundry and kitchen splashbacks to great effect.
Pared with the champagne finish cabinets, a large mirror and the soft pink-coloured towels in the bathrooms, it’s a glamorous look I’m sure many home buyers will love.
“Above all else, you want wet areas to be usable,” Robert says.
“The size of the bathroom and ensuite, the shower’s size and the ample bench space all create a usable no-fuss design which is what you want when you’re waking up early and getting ready for the day.”
Also within the design, there’s internal entry from the double garage as well as an extra space on one side of the garage. While this may not seem like a big feature it will offer valuable storage space or perhaps a workbench for home DIY fans to organise their projects – maybe even a beer fridge. Of course, I would fill mine with beer and the odd bottle of champagne.