Grow into It

Families looking for a home designed to adapt to their changing needs should consider the Berkley 285 by Longridge Homes

VERSATILITY is a key feature of Longridge Homes’ popular Berkley 285 two-storey design. With five bedrooms it will appeal to large families or those who want a home they can grow into.

The master bedroom, which has a built-in robe and an ensuite with a bath and shower, is next to a formal lounge.

On the lower level, the two rooms form a parents’ retreat well away from the other four bedrooms upstairs. The Berkley’s clever floorplan means everyone has their space.

The upper level is effectively the family zone. Two bedrooms with built-in robes are positioned at the rear and separated by a hallway to ensure privacy.

The other two, which do not have built-ins, can easily be used as a study, home office or computer room and converted to bedrooms when guests stay or more children come along.

A games room overlooking a balcony means children and/or guests have their own place to play or relax.

The main bathroom upstairs is also a smart threeway design which will be appreciated during the rush to get ready for school. The lower level also has the convenience of an additional toilet next to the stairwell near the laundry.

Tucked behind the stairs, the discreet position of the laundry, which has a handy door to the yard, is in keeping with the Berkley’s modern streamlined look.

The garage also has a secure access point to the home — to the main hallway — and a door which opens to a storage room under the stairs which would be ideal for keeping sporting equipment.

The Berkley is also designed for entertaining — the lower level open-plan space is ideal for hosting gatherings be it a dinner party or big family get-together. The area includes the kitchen, complete with a breakfast bar and pantry, dining and living areas.

The latter opens to the outdoors to extend the open plan space, while the dining area has a curved wall with porthole windows which makes for a striking design feature.

BY Anna Vlach


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It’s Glassy

It's clear, a wall of glass sets Longridge's Urban 260 apart

two storey-high wall of glass is a spectacular feature of Longridge's Urban 260 design.

Not only is it a show-stopper from the street, but the glass and staircase at the front of the home makes for an impressive entrance and lets light stream down the length of the home.

This three-bedroom, two bathroom (plus powder room) townhouse design has a 9m wide by 20m depth footprint, making it a suitable choice for inner urban areas or thin blocks as well as development areas, says Helen Lowrie of the Longridge Group.

"This home suits an allotment that is quite narrow. While it can be built as a single home, it can also and has actually been built as a townhouse duplex development, with the owners keeping one of the homes and selling the other," she says.

A double garage at the front ensures the home has privacy from the street, and the internal access is always welcomed by buyers. "Great for rainy days and the need for extra security," Helen says.

The rest of the downstairs is zoned for the living space with a galley-style kitchen, dining area and lounge within the relaxed, modern open plan.

The 2.7m ceilings downstairs give a heightened sense of space, upstairs the ceiling height is 2.55m. The kitchen has a generous mass of cupboards and a walkin pantry at one end.

Next to it is a decent laundry and across from this, there's a powder room for central convenience. Most of the rear wall is taken up by double-opening sliding doors, creating another excellent source of light and defining the ideal spot to position your outdoor living.

"Some clients incorporate a deck for the home to open up on to. Others prefer paving. Either way it adds to an outside entertaining area that is an extension of the home," Helen says.

Windows are limited on one side of the home, so the design can be used as a duplex, while long, narrow windows on the other side complement the front and rear glass walls.

Upstairs, a second lounge separates bedrooms two and three at the back, and could be used as a casual TV room, a study or private formal lounge.

Off this, the main bathroom is a great size and layout, with a recessed shower, bathtub, central vanity and toilet. Behind it is the ensuite to the master bedroom, which has a wide shower on one side and toilet on the other.

A double-sided walk-in robe is another luxury treat off the generous master bedroom that looks out to the front.


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