Divided Place

Creating a house that would be "teenager friendly" was the key to this customised Longridge Homes design

With a house to share with her 17-year-old daughter, Terri Turnbull wanted to make sure they both had their own space. She redesigned the home to have the main bedroom well separated from the two minor bedrooms.

"This is the third home I have built, so I've learnt plenty along the way," Terri says.

"I wanted my daughter Monique and myself to be able to really enjoy this home.

"With our bedrooms well separated, she can listen to her music, watch movies and have friends over without disturbing me.

"But we also have a beautiful open-plan space at the back where we can come together as well. It works perfectly for both of us." The home has a wide facade and includes a double garage, entry, formal lounge and main bedroom at the front.

A large main suite with built-in wardrobes, opulent ensuite including twin basins, shower and bathtub provides a touch of luxury for Terri. Adjacent is the formal lounge, which is used mainly for Monique when her friends come for a visit or sleepover.

"I really love the back area because it has beautiful views of the Hills and I spend most of my time there," Terri says.

"Whether it's just listening to the birds or spending time in the kitchen with friends around, I love being in that open-plan area." Two minor bedrooms, both with built-in wardrobes, are either side of the "main" bathroom, which is actually much smaller than the ensuite. A linen closet is nearby.

A galley kitchen with red glass splashback, Caesarstone benchtop with breakfast bar, overhead cupboards with glass features and cabinetry finished in 2-pac provide a stunning centrepiece to the home.

It overlooks the combined meals and living area that includes a red feature wall and two sets of sliding glass doors to the outdoor entertaining deck.

"I really love the colour red," Terri says. "It's nice and bright and cheery."

WORDS John Merriman PHOTOGRAPHY Nick Clayton


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