Inner City Edge

Open-plan design won this couple over

Jayde McSeveney and Daniel Borg built a custom design based on the Easton 160, a compact, simple yet elegant design by Longridge Homes, in the inner city suburb of Mile End. The low-maintenance, two-bedroom, two-bathroom design is open-plan and enjoys ample natural light.

"We built on a 350sq m courtyard block after looking at a few builders." Daniel said. "(Longridge) basically had the style that we were after. They had a contemporary look and they were price competitive." But what really won Daniel over was the open-plan design.

"Basically the home suited the skinny block we had," he said. "The design of the house was great and we thought we'd go with it rather than go to an architect. For inner city living it's perfect. Basically we've got the bedroom at the back of the house. " "We have the spare bedroom at the front and another bathroom so that people can stay over. " "We've got plenty of room."

The home's 2.7m square set ceilings add to the vision of open-plan living. An art deco red dining table and chairs highlight the straight lines of the predominantly white kitchen which features a red splashback. A bright red art deco lounge suite in the living room continues the theme the couple wanted.

"It's an original retro lounge and dining set," Daniel said. "Jayde has had them both for about 10 years." But the piece de resistance is the concrete polished floors which seem to give the home's living rooms spectacular character. "It's a bit different," Daniel said. "We decided to do that rather than putting floorboards or carpet down. "We had to plan it all out before we started building. "We had seen the look in apartments and shops and it seemed to make sense for the type of home we wanted."

Words: John Merriman. Photography: Nick Clayton


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