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


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