A home that feels like a sanctuary, the moment you walk through the door, is something many of us would love to have at the end of a long day at work.
Somewhere serene, inviting and relaxing, that makes you unwind from the day’s tensions.
Well, that is what it felt like as I walked through Fairmont Homes’ Atlantis display at Brookmont estate, Andrews Farm.
It is one of three displays on show there – each with a completely different aesthetic – but it was the softly-toned interior of the Atlantis that felt calm and contemporary as soon as I walked in.
Like the other homes on display, this is a courtyard design, yet the Atlantis offers more than I was expecting from its sweet villa-style exterior.
Inside you’ll find three tranquil bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living zones and a double garage.
A palette of warm whites, light coloured tiles and higher-than-standard 2.55m ceilings work together to create an elegant home that feels far more spacious than its 196sqm proportions sound.
And being a smaller mid-size design, Fairmont Homes’ sales manager Graeme Baird says it will attract particular buyers: either those starting out in the property market or those looking for less upkeep but with all the charm of a bigger home.
“The Atlantis is suited to those seeking space and lifestyle on a smaller allotment; it could equally suit a young aspiring professional or those downsizing from the family home but still seeking large rooms and space,” he says.
At a minimum, the Atlantis will fit on a 375sqm block, if it has dimensions at least 12.5m wide and 30m deep. So taking care of the garden will be a breeze, particularly as part of your backyard will include an alfresco which is built under the main roof (and is a standard inclusion).
An open-plan living zone takes up the width of this home and it transitions seamlessly to the alfresco, opening up from the lounge, to create one large area. And windows on three sides of this space ensure there will always be enough natural daylight flooding in.
“This generous area is also designed around a large alfresco for those days when you just want to sit outside and relax or when your entertaining in larger numbers,” Graeme says.
“The rear opens up to a huge gathering zone; with kitchen, meals, family areas all open to facilitate space for families to meet, talk and interact.”
On one side of the open plan, the kitchen’s U shape design is a clever feature that allows ample benchtop space and breakfast bar seating for families and friends to gather around.
It also comes with a corner pantry to keep all the essentials handy, and the light laminate finishes on display are a stylish look that allows you to keep the budget in check.
Adjacent, the dining zone takes full advantage of the backyard views, while across the room, the lounge showcases Fairmont’s smart design points and standard inclusions, such as the niche to streamline a wall-mounted television and entertainment unit, and is a clever way to maximise your floor space.
“It’s ergonomically designed so that each and every room is impressive, giving the feel that you are in a much larger home,” Graeme says.
“The elevation and high ceilings are an upgrade, but this home includes a very high level of standard specification … items that traditionally many builders charge extra for.
“With this home, clients will be eligible for our designer kitchen upgrade and luxury bathroom bonus packages.”
The Atlantis is filled with features that emphasise space, such as the open front lounge, shown as a rather elegant formal space with plush carpet, plantation shutters and a warm charm. This lounge, if not required as a living zone, could also be the home’s fourth bedroom, a study or a hobby zone, and all you would need to do is add a couple of doors.
“A second living zone gives the option of a fourth bedroom or perhaps a home theatre,” Graeme says.
The central part of the home is the sleeping zone, positioned to keep it as quiet as possible for residents, which I think is a great idea.
I particularly like the bedrooms in this design, not just for its lush decor in cream and baby blue, but because your family’s privacy will be assured, as none of the rooms face the street.
In the bedrooms, all have wide windows to draw in the light and even the laundry, while shown with only a washbasin, is bathed in light from the glass door.
The main bathroom is modern and well equipped with storage, and the master bedroom’s ensuite retains the same soothing tones to create a tranquil environment as you get ready in the morning, or decompress at night.
“The Atlantis is cleverly designed, giving privacy to each part of the home,” Graeme says.
“Offering two generous living areas, three bedrooms, large kitchen and entertaining areas, this home competes well with much larger designs.”
This is the kind of design I can imagine I would like to live in when I’m ready to downsize, as it doesn’t feel confined or small as the rooms are generous, and it does have a great connection to the outdoor spaces.
“This design certainly represents value – mid-ranged in size, but size is not always a defining point when it comes to creating a stunning home,” Graeme says. “The trick is to design around what is important to you and your lifestyle.
“It is important to have good room sizes; so never compromise on room size to create additional rooms.”