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


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