Ideal for a knockdown-rebuild, this family home offers open-plan living and a large alfresco for entertaining
There are many things that attract families to the Havana Encore but one of the most compelling is the open-plan living. The large family/dining area leads out to the impressive alfresco, enhancing the feeling of spaciousness and providing the perfect indoor-outdoor space for entertaining or relaxed, day-to-day family living.
Families are also attracted by the offer of three living areas, each separate from the other. This ensures plenty of places where guests can be entertained or the children can hang out with their friends — there is even a space where parents can unwind and enjoy a little peace and privacy.
“The Havana Encore is a versatile home. It could suit a young couple wanting to start a family, a young family with a few children, or an older family with adult children who have moved out,” says Vince Klein, Sales Manager — Sydney, McDonald Jones. “We find that this house ticks boxes for people of all ages and the three living areas and open-plan indoor-outdoor layout have a lot to do with this.
“The clever use of space is also what attracts a lot of buyers. With very few hallway areas in the home, it allows for the maximum amount of space to be given to the bedrooms and living rooms. This is valuable added space in the areas people tend to spend most of their time in.”
The butler’s pantry off the kitchen and the large alfresco area off the family room are definite highlights of the home and major drawcards that appeal to all families but especially those embarking on a knockdown-rebuild project. Older homes don’t tend to offer these features which are now considered must-haves by modern buyers.
The kitchen is another box-ticker, especially for those looking for a major lifestyle upgrade, which is typically the case with a knockdown-rebuild. The well-designed modern kitchen features ample storage and work space along with Fisher & Paykel appliances, including a natural gas cooktop, pyrolytic oven, concealed rangehood, warming drawers, combi microwave oven and dishwasher.
Adding visual warmth, the kitchen cabinetry is finished in Laminex Planked Urban Oak and for a modern look, Mizu Drift MKII Chrome tapware is used. The main flooring and wet areas feature Japan Ceramics’ Terrazzo Grey Matt tiles while in the bedrooms and home theatre, Cavalier Bremworth’s Tussore Madder carpet adds to the cosiness.
“I would describe the interior styling as urban organic,” says Vince. “It takes inspiration from the natural environment and gives the home a relaxed feel. The understated colour palette allows the focus to be on the open spaces and how seamless the transition is from one space to the next.
“On the display home we used the Northcote facade. The render creates a harmonious look and the colours are subtle and earthy, setting the tone for the home’s interior.”
The result is a modern home that offers a range of upgrades, plan modifications and customisations to ensure it will be the perfect fit for your family.
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