Dark ceilings. At first sight, they are either something you love or are shocked by.
I love them, especially in the right environment such as a home theatre, or even in an entrance hall they can add just the right amount of drama when pared with a glowing chandelier.
You’ll find dark ceilings such as this at Dechellis Homes’ Manhattan display at Bluestone estate, Mt Barker, but that’s not all you’ll find in this dramatic single-storey home.
This four-bedroom home is all about statement sophistication, with plenty of dark walls, hardwood timber floors and contrasting tones in this monochrome designer home.
It’s also a large home with 338.02sqm of total size, and designed to suit a wider block. Inside, all that space is evident right from the start of the tall, wide hallway and its fabulous oversized door (which is solid, and needs a good push to open).
There’s a designated children’s wing with three of the four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms (one being a powder room), and three separate large living zones to choose from. Then there’s the master suite, and this is most definitely one of the Manhattan’s highlights.
Retreat is an understatement, for sure. The suite take up much of the right-hand side of the home, and the bedroom area is as generous as they come. It’s very hotel-inspired too, with a private outdoor courtyard which has been spruced up with lush greenery and beautiful timberwork.
But as you walk through to the lavish ensuite you realise the actual highlight is the open walk-through wardrobe with its high-end joinery and the beauty zone complete with mirrored wall and a cute plush stool to sit on.
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Here’s you’ll find calcutta marble tiles, a freestanding bath and a bespoke vanity that has lowered section so you can do your makeup and hair while comfortably sitting down. A huge window looks out to the private courtyard and a drop down pendant in front of it looks stunning.
“As the Manhattan is a family home we wanted to introduce some luxurious features for the adults and with the openness in this area we believe we have achieved that,” Dechellis Homes’ Melissa Treppiedi says.
“The vanity was extended by adding a lower section which can be used as a beauty station. It’s functional and looks great.”
If you can drag yourself away from this leisurely zone, and want to see what the kids will get then head back down the hall, which is effectively at the opposite end of the design.
The three bedrooms come off the private retreat lounge, which will be the key kids’ hub of the home, for homework, hanging out or gaming. The design has high 2.7m ceilings and in these bedrooms the height is accentuated by the tall windows and sheer curtains and dramatic black walls in two of the rooms.
A three-way bathroom is positioned in this zone and there is also very valuable walk-in store room, which is bound to be highly regarded by parents.
“This home is great for bringing family and friends together but also provides private spaces for adults and children/teenagers,” Melissa says.
“We believe that most families building a new home always consider having additional living areas such as a Retreat off of the bedrooms. This room is great for children/teenagers as they can have their own space to play, watch a movie or even study.”
If you want to see another indulgent feature, then head to the kitchen. The island bench is one of those jaw-dropping features that you have to touch, and the big slab of Caesarstone Attica is the perfect choice to tie the home’s sophisticated statement together.
The mix of high pop-up cupboards and a shelf, with a wall of minimalist matt black cupboards, plus integrated ovens, is a standout. But so is the servery window opening to the alfresco, and the walk-in butler’s pantry just around the corner, that leads on to the laundry — and another store room.
“This home is definitely for families who love to entertain — the servery window is great when entertaining in the alfresco and brings a new and unique design element to the home,” Melissa says.
“And the kitchen/WIP/laundry configuration is great for busy families as it makes it a lot easier to multi-task which makes this space practical.
“Also having the laundry out of sight from the main living area means no one will see the loads of washing to still be done.”
Adjacent the undercover alfresco, which is a standard inclusion, is the polished family lounge shown with a wall-mounted TV and fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows to capture the outdoor views. Beyond it is another living space, the private home theatre with its black ceiling and dark walls.
“This home is the ultimate family entertainer, so if this is what buyers are looking for then this design is for them,” Melissa says.
“It also features multiple entertaining areas such as the home theatre and alfresco.
“Other key features of this home are the grand entry, additional living areas with the separate retreat, guest powder room and the kitchen/WIP/ laundry configuration.”
For me, I really like how Dechellis have created zones — almost like apartments — within this large home, so that it doesn’t feel cavernous, but oozes warmth and comfort in all areas.
While my family is a small one and perhaps doesn’t require such a big home, it’s easy to imagine how a large family would well and truly love this home.