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Hickinbotham’s Preston Alfresco design on display at Moana

Written by The ReReport
As seen in the Source link, written by on 2019-03-12 18:00:34

Coastal-styled homes have always been favourite of mine. Give me a few palm trees, blue and white tones, lime-washed oak floorboards and I’ll be blissfully happy. If only someone would come and make over my house in the beachy/Hamptons’ style of Hickinbotham’s dreamy Preston Alfresco display at Moana, in the southern suburbs.

Of course, this new four-bedroom, two-bathroom display home is a mere five minutes walk to Moana beach, so the styling is downpat for this part of the world, and I could tell as soon as walked into the master bedroom that I was already a little bit jealous of it.

The palm tree picture was working its charm, but so too was this extremely light room (windows on two sides), and the double-sided his-and-hers wardrobe.

Recently, it has been the ensuites in new homes which have been winning me over, and in this one I was impressed by the Shaker style profile on the vanity cabinets, which is the first thing you see in this ensuite. The elegant, clean lines of this classic look are matched with a large mirror, and task downlights are positioned in just the right spot to do your makeup. The large shower and toilet, on either side of the vanity, are thoughtfully and appropriately hidden from view of the bedroom – a necessity when a bedroom faces the street.

Hickinbotham’s design director Ruth Vagnarelli says today’s home buyers are “wanting hotel luxury in their own homes on a daily basis, and master bedrooms and ensuites are not just functional spaces anymore”.

“They are beautiful spaces where homeowners like to linger. Large ‘his-and-her’ walk-in robes means there is space for everything,” Ruth says.

But let me move on. The Preston Afresco is one of Hickinbotham’s most loved family homes and with good reason. It is spacious with two living zones and a large alfresco, so you know it’s going to work when you’re ready to entertain. It’s also big enough to fit busy families with children, and there’s an abundance of walk-in storage throughout to cater for all your kit.

With a few versions of this design on display around Adelaide, it’s easy to see the layout will work with any style of decor, too, because it has good bones to start with. And, of course, this one exudes the beachy charm that make people like me feel completely at home.

Ruth says the Preston Alfresco, designed by award-winning architect Max Pritchard, is a family home with a perfect blend of luxury, practicality and is built for entertaining.

“It is ideal for families with young children, first, second or third time buyers,” she says.

“Entertaining is one of the key reasons people choose the Preston – there are plenty of spaces for entertaining, the large central kitchen is part of the casual living area and the perfect spot to enjoy a wine while chatting to the cook.

“There is also the formal lounge at the front which doubles as a home theatre.

“But part of the Preston Alfresco’s success is the areas away from the hustle and bustle of the home and are a key feature, so if people want to relax in their private areas, they can.”

The main living zone is at the heart of this design, while its four bedrooms are separated at two ends – the master at the front and three minor bedrooms off a secondary hallway near the back, so everyone will enjoy their fair share of privacy.

The latter is grouped around the main bathroom, which is thoughtfully placed near the entrance to the family living to provide access for guests and family members.


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The design considers everyday life with practical considerations such as the walk-in storeroom off the main hall, and the walk-in pantry behind the polished galley kitchen.

“The home has great storage, like a designated store off the hall which is the spot to store all the boogie boards, paddle boards and sand toys,” Ruth says.

Adjacent, the alfresco is a modern-day must, and Ruth says there are a few things to consider when deciding whether to include an alfresco in your design.

“Alfrescos are essentially outdoor rooms and being undercover means you can entertain around the clock, all year round,” she says. “Depending on what you want to use the space for, I think a good size is 3m x 3m, and bigger if you have the room.

“If you go too enormous, the space can feel cavernous, so my advice is work out what the function of the alfresco is and draw your furniture on there to see how it all fits.”

If it is elegance you want to have in your home, the Preston Alfresco’s front room will offer inspiration. The Moana display has two sets of french doors which open to the front veranda, and all you need to imagine is a couple of outdoor armchairs to relax in and you’ll be sorted at this balmy time of the year.

As well as the impressive doors, make sure you take a note to how the built-in joinery is displayed because this is a simple yet sleek way to incorporate storage. As you’ll see, it doesn’t impact on the proportions of the room, while allowing a lot of home necessities to be tucked out of sight.

But back to those interior details. Ruth says the Preston’s palette of whites, blues and green was designed to reference its coastal location.

“From the indigo velvet lounge in the home theatre to the teal and navy soft furnishing in the open plan living and dining space, the accent colours create a cohesive style throughout,” she says.

“The home is the epitome of Australian coastal style — yet it is far from just a beach house. It is relaxed and comfortable, for family life, with zones of sophisticated elegance for adults to retreat. Architecturally this translates to a sunny, low maintenance home in weather-smart materials.”

When choosing a home design and layout for yourself and your family, Ruth says it should always come down to the spaces and flow you need to fulfil your lifestyle, as well as where you want to live.

“This best-selling design is an ideal family home for the Seaside estate at Moana which is the perfect place to raise a family wanting a beachside lifestyle,” she says.

“The estate is on beautiful land on the coast, so it is a true beach lifestyle. The home is ideal for relaxed, casual beachside living, it has areas for entertaining including an undercover alfresco designed for our Mediterranean climate.”