Welcoming Nest

With two living spaces and contemporary decor, this plan
shows good things do come in smaller packages

A compact design with plenty of modern features, the Burbank 260 from Longridge Homes is an ideal choice for young families and empty-nesters alike. The street appeal is welcoming, with decking that could be extended as a path to the front gates. A side entry makes the home versatile to suit corner allotments while also directing foot traffic to behind the front lounge, so as not to disturb the private sanctuary.

"The formal lounge is a quieter spot in the home where one can entertain friends after dinner or simply relax with a good book away from the busier main living area of the home,"' says Longridge Homes' marketing manager Lee Goddard.

"This home has a wonderful mix of open plan and more defined living areas, creating comfortable spaces for both adults and children so that everyone has their own space when they need it."

Contemporary themes continue throughout the light-filled home, such as a metallic-look feature wall in the entry and a study that includes a "media shelf" in addition to desk space.

"The doorway of the study is wider than normal for easy access," Lee says. "It can stay open most of the time but any clutter of the study can be shut away by sliding the door across."

The open plan living and dining hub includes an entertainer's kitchen with a long island bench and area for bar stools. With the sink fitted into the bench, Lee says "the cook can face the family and guests and be part of the conversation".

Sleek white cupboards are complemented by stainless steel Smeg appliances and seamless moulded benchtops. A neutral glass splashback completes the look and enhances the sense of openness. A stone-coloured feature wall in the opposite lounge area brings warmth to the room while adding interest and style.

"Being able to mount your flat screen television on this wall is great - it's far neater, saves floor space and is a much safer option with children in the home," Lee says.

Large 60cm x 60cm porcelain floor tiles throughout again provide for a spacious atmosphere while windows on three sides and a sliding door at the rear allows light to stream indoors. The adjoining alfresco extends the living area and is housed under the main roof. A built-in barbecue bench offers opportunity for outdoor entertaining or summer dining.

The main bathroom and laundry are behind the kitchen, while bedrooms two and three are towards the rear of the home and have built-in wardrobes.

The main bedroom is opposite the study and has two built-in wardrobes with glass doors and an open ensuite.

WORDS Jessica Magilulo PHOTOGRAPHY Nick Clayton


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