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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


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