More Out Of Less

With one young child and another on the way, Simon and Kim Brettig wanted a home with sufficient space for their budding family.

"We previously lived in a unit, so... we wanted extra space and a few living areas."

The couple were attracted to the Berkley 270 design because of its modern design that maximises space on narrow land. "Our block is only 12.5m wide, so the design suited the size of our block and we just loved the look of it," Kim says.

"We basically just wanted a nice big open-plan family area, double lock-up garage and plenty of cupboard space."

Having two living areas was all about practicality and making sure the home suited their current and future needs. "We have the family area downstairs and the games room upstairs, which is currently used as a second living area," Kim says.

"The upstairs room will also be great for when the kids get older, so the kids can have their area upstairs and us parents can have downstairs.

"Eventually, we will turn the games room into a bit of a theatre room, but that is for later down the track." The downstairs living area is great for a young family, as it allows parents to get things done around the house while also keeping an eye on young children.

"I love cooking in the open-plan kitchen and being able to look out on to the family area and see the TV and dining area," she says. "I can also keep an eye on what our son is doing."

In terms of design, a few changes were made to adapt it to the block size. "Because of some encumbrances on our land, the windows on the upper level had to be glazed because of privacy." Kim says.

"The encumbrances also meant that the home could only take up forty per cent of the block, which restricted us a bit."

The couple added a false wall in the main bedroom to create a walk-in wardrobe for more storage. They also changed the finish of the balcony from hebel to glass to create a less
top-heavy look.

"One of our favourite features in the home is the high ceilings. They really open up the home and give it an open, airy feel," Kim says. "We also love the curved wall at the back of the


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