Go troppo with easy living

Longridge Homes' Radison 350 has a tropical vibe and is a home designed for good living

A striking facade featuring Scyon's Matrix cladding is just the start of the attractive two-storey Radison 350 design from Longridge Homes. A leisurely tone is created by the wide balcony and large porch underneath, giving it a Queensland-resort feel, while also potentially making the most of any views your block has.

A large design with 348sqm of total size, the Radison 350 is clearly aimed at outdoor leisure, with three outdoor zones (two downstairs and one upstairs) leading off the design's four living zones. The front lounge leads to the front porch, while a large central alfresco links both the galley-style kitchen and family lounge via two sets of sliding doors. Upstairs, the children's rumpus lounge opens to the private balcony, creating ample ways to enjoy some sunshine.

Upstairs you'll also find three of the home's four bedrooms, each with built-in wardrobes as standard, as well as the main bathroom (with bath, shower and a long vanity), and a computer niche along the hallway adjacent the bedrooms. Downstairs, the Radison 350 offers a multitude of living zones, giving you space for all occasions. For informal dining, gather along the island bench breakfast bar or sit down at the meals area nearby.

When it's time for formal dinners or celebrations, the secluded dining room behind the kitchen is the place to be. If you want to unwind, read, watch television or have a film or games night, you have the choice of the upstairs lounge or downstairs family living, which looks out to the side-facing alfresco. For formal occasions the front lounge will be the zone to gravitate towards, and parties can always spill out to the front garden when the weather is warm.

The master bedroom is located on the ground floor at the rear, with the luxury of two built-in wardrobes, a large 5.lm x 5m room, and a long ensuite with a double length shower. 

 

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Radison 350 product page.

Inner City Edge

Open-plan design won this couple over

Jayde McSeveney and Daniel Borg built a custom design based on the Easton 160, a compact, simple yet elegant design by Longridge Homes, in the inner city suburb of Mile End. The low-maintenance, two-bedroom, two-bathroom design is open-plan and enjoys ample natural light.

"We built on a 350sq m courtyard block after looking at a few builders." Daniel said. "(Longridge) basically had the style that we were after. They had a contemporary look and they were price competitive." But what really won Daniel over was the open-plan design.

"Basically the home suited the skinny block we had," he said. "The design of the house was great and we thought we'd go with it rather than go to an architect. For inner city living it's perfect. Basically we've got the bedroom at the back of the house. " "We have the spare bedroom at the front and another bathroom so that people can stay over. " "We've got plenty of room."

The home's 2.7m square set ceilings add to the vision of open-plan living. An art deco red dining table and chairs highlight the straight lines of the predominantly white kitchen which features a red splashback. A bright red art deco lounge suite in the living room continues the theme the couple wanted.

"It's an original retro lounge and dining set," Daniel said. "Jayde has had them both for about 10 years." But the piece de resistance is the concrete polished floors which seem to give the home's living rooms spectacular character. "It's a bit different," Daniel said. "We decided to do that rather than putting floorboards or carpet down. "We had to plan it all out before we started building. "We had seen the look in apartments and shops and it seemed to make sense for the type of home we wanted."

Words: John Merriman. Photography: Nick Clayton

 

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Playford 230 product page.

All Options Covered

Everybody got what they wanted with this knock down rebuild design from Longridge Homes.

Finding harmony in a house shared with a teenager can be a challenging experience.

Grant Travers, wife Tiffany, and daughter Olivia have found the answer.

The layout of the home has the two minor bedrooms one side of the design next to the main bathroom. A teenager's media area was transformed to create large cupboard storage space.

"Olivia loves the lay out of the home," Grant says. "If she has friends over they can have their own space in that wing."

During the building phase the family installed wireless internet in the home. "It is very handy because we can all be accessing the internet at the same time if needed," Grant says.

The floor plan is designed in a H pattern. The large, central formal lounge is located directly in front of the entry with the hallway spilling around either side. The main bedroom is at the front set behind a large picture window and includes an ensuite with twin vanities as well as a built-in wardrobe. A study is next to the main suite opposite the laundry with outdoor access .

With three Italian greyhounds as pets, the Travers chose to tile a majority of the home. "It is just so much easy to sweep, mop or vacuum over tiles," Grant says.

When it came to the colours and interior selections Tiffany took over.

"We wanted a contemporary look inside and Tiffany chose the colours for the tile, paint and furniture," Grants says.

"We changed some minor things inside such as relocating some doorways but overall it was just what we wanted."

The kitchen with island bench, overhead cupboards, essa stone benchtops and dropped ceiling overlooks dining area with the living off to the side. An expanse of glass in the corner allows natural light to flood into this area of the home. An stunning outdoor entertaining area is accessed via sliding glass doors from the central, formal lounge.

Words: John Merriman. Photography: Nick Clayton

 

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Madison 230 product page.

Kicking Goals

This custom design from Longridge Homes is kid friendly with a touch of luxury for the parents

After spending more than 15 years in Melbourne the Stretch family decided it was time to return home to Adelaide. Following a successful AFL career spanning more than 200 games with the Melbourne Demons, Steve and wife Leona returned home with children Charlotte, 14 and Billy, 11.

"Steve grew up at Henley Beach and we wanted to come back to the same area so we started looking for home in the area that were suitable for a knock down and rebuild," Leona says. "We looked at a few display homes but we really like the space and clean lines of the Longridge homes. Their designs were modern and have a very contemporary feel to them. "We built a two storey home so we could make the most of the views."

After a family discussion it was decided the kids would have their bedrooms on the second level and mum and dad on the bottom. "When we lived in Melbourne it was the other way around," Leona says. "But the advantage is when we have friends over the kids can have their rooms and living area messy but no one has to see it. We keep things pretty tidy but kids will be kids and they also need to live a little as well."

A large study separates the two minor bedrooms upstairs and looks down through the second storey void. Both bedrooms have built-in wardrobes while bedroom two has access to the balcony. The study also includes a sofa bed for when friends stay over, a television and computer. "I think it is important for the children to have their own living space, whether they are playing video games or just hanging out with their friends," Leona says. "It also is the ideal place for them to do their homework." A large bathroom completes the second level design.

Entry to the home is via a porch with the main bedroom at the front. The couple enlarged their ensuite to add a touch of luxury. "We included an extra large shower with a rose fixed to the roof as well as two vanities and a dividing wall," Leona says. "It's a beautiful bathroom and it is our touch of luxury."

words John Merriman photography Nick Clayton

 

For more information about the house in this story (this house is a modified version) please look at the Sommerville 255 product page.

Entertain in Style

Alfresco living is the focus of the family-friendly Berkley 290 design from Longridge homes

Entertain inside or out, Live upstairs or down and enjoy private space for adults and children.

The two-storey Berkley has the flexibility to meet a range of family lifestyles.

Longridge Homes' Helen Lowrie says providing value for money and family living on a tight block was the impetus behind the new design. "By having the formal Lounge at the front, next to the main bedroom, it creates a parents' retreat in the home," she says. "But it is not just for parents. It is designed to be used for anyone who wants a bit of quiet time, away from the noisier Living areas at the back of the home."

Spacious living areas, combined with 2.7m ceilings, give the home an open feel throughout, including a wall opening to the formal lounge at the front of the design.

Adjacent is the main bedroom with builtin wardrobe, which supplies ample hanging space, and a Large ensuite. There is secure access from the double garage into the home which opens into the hallway next to the stairwell.

A galley kitchen includes a glass splashback and ultra-modern tubular chimney rangehoods. A 1.2117 wide island bench creates a second casual dining area as well as providing ample space for food preparation.

The large pantry provides plenty of storage room, doing away with the need for overhead cupboards and keeping the area modern and minimalist. A dropped ceiling delineates this space from the living area, which is framed by a curved wall for architectural interest with 'porthole' windows. Double sliding glass doors open to the decked alfresco area which is under the main roofline.

"Alfresco areas have become an extension of the home, not just another dining or entertaining area but a living space all year round," Helen says. The dining room, which also looks onto the alfresco, includes a feature display niche while a powder room next to the laundry is ideal for guests. Upstairs houses three minor bedrooms, the main bathroom, a powder room and media nook. "Creating the media nook allows children to do their homework and access the internet outside of their bedrooms," Helen says. "Parents like to keep an eye on their children while they use the computer.

"The extra powder room is ideal for busy mornings when teenagers may be spending a lot of time in the bathroom having showers and getting themselves ready." The balcony is accessed via the fourth bedroom or optional second living area.

words John Merriman photography Nick Clayton

 

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Berkley 290 product page.

 

Built to Impress

Classic design and spacious living options combine in the Windsor 270 to create a home families can grow into

From its up-to-the-minute exterior to its expansive, light-filled rooms, Longridge Homes' Windsor 270 is sure to impress. It features a large open-plan living area that leads to an alfresco dining area, a separate living zone and clear separation between children's and parents' areas to provide everything young families need.

"There's a good combination of public and private areas, with all the living spaces flowing into one large space, yet with enough separation for separate entertaining," Longridge Homes Helen Lowrie says. The home centres around a large, open-plan dining, kitchen and living area that flows on to a private courtyard on one side and out to a decked alfresco entertaining area at the rear. Helen says, "Most clients want that extra living area outside and, being under the main roof, it's protected from the weather, allowing for year-round entertaining."

The galley-style kitchen is out of the way yet allows the cook to be part of the action. It features Smeg appliances, large breakfast bar, overhead cupboards, pantry and plenty of benchspace, with the bench flowing seamlessly through to the outdoor cooking area. The living room has a curved feature wall lined with slimline porthole windows.

"It gives the space a contemporary feel and lets in light, but shields the home from direct sunlight, which is great for energy efficiency," Helen says. The ample dining area overlooks an internal courtyard through glass sliding doors and is separated from the formal lounge by a dividing wall. At the front of the home, half-walls and a pillar line create a sense of seclusion in the formal lounge and slimline windows provide light and privacy. Access to the main bedroom is off the formal lounge, making the area an ideal parents' retreat.

The bedroom opens to the internal courtyard through sliding glass doors. The expansive ensuite, which includes bath and twin vanities, is at the front of the home to provide a buffer to street noise. A wall-length, built-in robe provides ample storage space. The three remaining bedrooms, two with built-in robes, are along the other side |of the home, creating a kids' wing. The main bathroom and laundry are also located here.

The home is displayed with a flat portico (urban option) and a mix of rendering, architectural tiles and board. A gabled portico is available in the classic facade. A blade wall lines one side of the portico and continues into the formal lounge, with both sides lined with metallic tiles. The Windsor also includes European oak floors in the living areas, remote-controlled double garage, and secure access into the home.

words Sky Harrison photography Nick Clayton

 

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Windsor 260 product page.

 

Cornered

The new Chifley from Longridge Homes was designed to maximise a tight corner block, with a few extra luxuries

Clever design has ensured the Chifley packs a big punch for a small block. The two-storey home can be used as a three or four bedroom design with two separate living areas and an alfresco zone.

"The Chifley is a family home designed specifically for the new developments in and around Adelaide," says Longridge Homes general manager Andrew Lindsay. "With blocks in the premium areas going for around $250,000 to $300,000, people want to get value for money so they want to put on the biggest home they can.

"The Chifley can fit on a block 12m wide but provides three or four bedrooms and two separate living areas as well as an alfresco."

One of the design elements of the Chifley is having the garage entry and home entry on different sides of the home, to deal with the vagaries of a corner block.

A second storey void over the entry gives an immediate feeling of space upon walking into the home. A blade wall to the side of the entrance runs from the exterior to the interior, extending to the roofline. Clad in Techno Copper glazed porcelain tiles, the blade wall provides a striking architectural feature in the home.

"Including informal and formal living areas into a design is really the top of every family's wish list," says Andrew. "Obviously one is used primarily by parents while the other, in the quieter area on the home upstairs, is for children."

A corner kitchen includes an island bench, refrigerator nook, stainless-steel appliances and overhead cupboards with a white tile splashback. "A dropped ceiling over the kitchen provides delineation from the meals and living area," says Andrew. "The alfresco area is under the main roof line and work well with the internal living spaces by opening the glass sliding doors which creates an entry about three square metres in total.

"For added convenience there is also a sliding glass door opening from the kitchen so food and drinks can be carried directly outside instead of having to walk through the home. It also improves traffic flow to and from the alfresco zone."

The stairway leads to the upper level which houses all three bedrooms. The main has private access to the balcony, a large walk-in wardrobe and spacious ensuite with twin vanities. "Clever use of space throughout the home ensures there is plenty of storage including under the stairs," says Andrew. "We've made every nook and cranny work as hard as it can."

A teenager's retreat includes a large window to keep the area bright and light all year-round and separates the main suite from the two minor bedrooms. Both include provisions for built-in wardrobes and there is room for a desk.

"The study at the front of the home can be used as a fourth bedroom if desired," says Andrew. A bathroom with a 'tub and shower, separate toilet and vanity completes the second level

words John Merriman photography Nick Clayton

 

For more information about the house in this story please look at the Chifley 270 product page.

Best of Both Worlds

This family has a big house and backyard with the modified Radison 350 from Longridge Homes

Peter and Christina Isaksson believe building a two-storey house has given them the "the best of both worlds". With three children, aged nine, 12, and 13, the couple appreciate all the space they can get.

"It's the best of both worlds, with three children at this age, to have a big home and a big yard - which has a pool and still enough room to play cricket or footy," Christina says. "Building a two storey home has allowed us to keep that space in the yard."

The Isakssons built a slightly modified Radison 350 design by builder Longridge Homes. "We made the laundry slightly bigger, have lots of cupboards and storage under the stairs' it's great because there is a place for everything," she says. "We also have an alfresco area like the display home; it was easy to make the changes and Longridge were very flexible."

The home is almost two dwellings under the one roof. Upstairs has a living area, bathroom, a bedroom each for the children, dedicated study area and balcony. The main bedroom, formal dining and lounge rooms, a kitchen/meals/living room and bathroom is downstairs.

"It is a huge bonus for the kids to have their own area," Christina says. "And we have our own area and don't have to be squashed up with the kids, although there is enough space when we want to spend time together."

Entertaining is a delight, Christina says, with friends' children able to spend time upstairs or in the backyard. "This leaves the parents to enjoy themselves but everyone can be together downstairs when we want," she says.

The hub of the house is well-lit, with two sliding doors off the kitchen/meals/living area. Carpet is used as a demarcation between the living area and tiled kitchen/meals area. The sliding doors open onto the alfresco area and create a seamless flow between indoors and out.

words David Nankervis Photography Nick Clayton

 

For more information about a house similar to the one in this story please look at the Radison 350 product page.

So Versatile

A customised Berkley 270 from Longridge Homes is an impressive space using bold modern lines

Amy and Mathew Anderson custombuilt a Berkley 270 from Longridge Homes for its versatility and ability to evolve with their growing family.

"We chose the Berkley because we wanted to ensure versatility and multi-functionality of all our rooms, to be used in different ways as the girls grew up," Amy says. The couple has three daughters' Georgia, 6, Olivia, 3, and Genevieve, 1.

"Longridge were very easy to work with," Mathew says. "We customised our fittings and our materials, right down to the floor plan."

First impressions last so the Andersons amalgamated three different frontages to create a bold and architectural design. "We tried to give our home the modern style that we love, but added a little warmth by choosing warm earthy colours, timber floors and mood lighting," he says.

The second floor features the main bedroom with ensuite, bedrooms two and three, the main bathroom and a central living area, which is used as a nursery for Genevieve. "Eventually, Genevieve will move in with one of her sisters and the folding doors we've had installed will swing against the wall, opening up the entire living space again," Mathew says.

Downstairs is the hub of family activity and for now, the study has been turned into the girls' rumpus room and the home theatre is being used as the study. "This is why we loved the design because we were able to mix and match the rooms when we need to," Amy says. Accessed via sliding glass doors,

"we love having the option of having all the doors wide open or having them closed to create intimate spaces to be used for different things at different times".

Family living, dining and the kitchen are all located in one spacious room with glass sliding door access to the alfresco area. Hardwood floors were used inside and out for a seamless flow of space. This being the couple's fifth home and third build, they chose a courtyard block to achieve a more usable and functional space.

"We used to have a big garden. This time round we didn't want to spend all our spare time out in the garden doing maintenance," Amy says.

words Katya Sawyer photography Nick Clayton

 

For more information about a house similar to the one in this story please look at the Berkley 270 product page.

Clever Design

A family home on a tight block in the inner suburbs with room for a cricket pitch and a swimming pool You'd better believe it

For the Steele family it was only a matter of time before they moved back to the city from their country base. Barry, Kim and their three children – Sally, 13, Eddie, 11, and Harry, 9, spent several years living the rural lifestyle.

“With Sally now a teenager it got to the stage where having a choice of high schools was going to become very important,” Kim says. “We didn’t really want to face the prospect of putting Sally on a bus for a couple of hours every day just to get to and from school. So we moved back to Adelaide.”

The family had purchased a home in the inner suburbs more than 12 months ago and Kim says: “The decision we faced was whether to renovate or knock down and rebuild. Renovating was going to cost a ridiculous amount and still not give us what we wanted, such as space for the children to play. Because we lived so far away, I did most of the researching on the internet before getting in touch with Longridge Homes who had a design we all loved, a simple and functional two-storey design with space around the home.”

The family added a pool at the rear and a “multi-purpose” court at the side of the home. The court is covered in astro turf and is used for soccer, cricket and tennis. Each child has their own bedroom, complete with built-in wardrobe, all on the upper floor. A media room for study, guest room for sleepovers and a games room for entertainment are also on the top level.

“Our thinking was that as the kids grew into teenagers they would want to have their own space,” Kim says. “Also, looking further ahead, Barry and I could see a time when the children had moved out and it was just us. With the design of the home we can shut off the upstairs area and just live downstairs without causing any problems.”

Downstairs houses the main bedroom with walk-through wardrobe leading to a good-sized ensuite. Adjacent is a home office, with double door entry, which Barry uses to see his clients. The laundry is next to the galley kitchen, which has a large walk-in pantry located behind it. The pantry includes a fridge and microwave. “I had a large walk-in pantry when we lived in the country and it was something I wasn’t going to give up,” Kim says. “I can do plenty of cooking in there and it helps keep the main living area clean and tidy, especially when entertaining.”

Glass sliding doors lead off the living room to the alfresco area under the main roofline. “We do a lot of entertaining outside as many of our friends have children and they always want to run around outside or play in the pool,” she says. “It’s a very nice area to come together in a relaxed atmosphere.”

words John Merriman photography Nick Clayton

 

For more information about a house similar to the one in this story please look at the Berkley 285 product page.