First-home buyers don’t necessarily need to make overly dramatic sacrifices on space just to get a foot in the door.
And the Balwyn 220 by Orbit Homes is proof.
The three-bedroom home has been efficiently designed to feature not one, but two living spaces, plus two bathrooms, a separate laundry and an outdoor living area.
“For the size of this home, it feels quite spacious,” Orbit Homes colour consultant Priscilla De Luca said.
As displayed, the home also shows that a first home can have a certain level of luxe about it. Finishes include engineered timber floors and stone benchtops.
Ms De Luca said the overall look was inspired by industrial design.
“Think converted warehouses and New York loft apartments,” she said.
The industrial aesthetic is reflected in certain features, including the kitchen’s concrete-look benchtop and charcoal glass splashback and the home’s black metal-framed windows, especially the multi-paned window in the meals area.
Handleless overhead cupboards and a large walk-in pantry in the kitchen are among other modern touches, as well as a long horizontal window set into the splashback.
“This window helps to bring natural light into the kitchen work area but also means you can create a vertical garden or creative space outside as a backdrop,” Ms De Luca said.
The U-shaped kitchen provides ample bench space and has the laundry conveniently tucked behind it, keeping the core work zones of the home together.
Having two separate living areas and a covered alfresco zone provides an opportunity to create informal and formal entertaining spaces.
“It also provides greater flexibility as families grow and priorities change, with space for everyone to spread out and relax,” Ms De Luca said.
Sliding doors open from the family room to connect the room with a generously sized alfresco area, which, as displayed, features a timber-lined ceiling with overhead fan for increased comfort and character.
When it came to her favourite room in the house, Ms De Luca said she couldn’t go past the main bedroom, with a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and versatile nook that would make an ideal spot for a comfy chair for some quiet reading time before bed.
The sitting room creates a buffer between the main bedroom and the home’s three other bedrooms.
Two of the three secondary bedrooms are privately positioned along a separate passage off the rear open-plan living area, together with a bathroom and separate toilet.
The Balwyn 220 comes in a choice of four standard facades and four upgrade facade options.
At a glance
Size: 217sq m including porch, alfresco area and garage (as displayed)
Price: From $199,500; as displayed, $362,922
Address: Atherstone estate, Olympic Circuit, Strathtulloh
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