Of modern country style, this charming home is truly stunning
Built for a couple with a grown-up family, this riverside property in East Maitland blends the timelessness of a classic country home with contemporary living and makes you feel right at home. The facade pays homage to the heritage of the location while the interior boasts a considered mix of rustic and modern touches, accented by timber finishes.
“To achieve their vision, and after looking at lots of plans and project homes, the couple realised they needed a custom builder. They chose Valley Homes as we offer a design service and have the experience needed to bring ideas to life while staying within budget. Attention to detail and flexibility were also important to the clients and we were able to provide that, too,” says Rich Harold, General Manager, Valley Homes.
“The clients wanted to create a place where family and friends could gather and feel at home. They sought large open-plan living and dining spaces yet still wanted the home to feel cosy. As for the interior design, they wanted a modern country farmhouse feel, what you could call homestead chic.
“Because they love the warmth of Australian timbers and the texture and earthy tones of stone, this influenced the selection of colours and materials,” explains Rich. “The Australian Blackbutt flooring throughout and the Random Ashlar Coolum stone cladding on the surrounds of the fireplace, were central to achieving the desired look and feel. Adding character to the fireplace, there is a recycled timber railway sleeper mantle.
“The kitchen needed to be spacious and functional, but the couple also wanted it to have a heritage feel, so we included period design elements such as pressed metal-look splashback tiles. Essentially a classic country-style kitchen, it also features cabinetry with a traditional Shaker profile, a Belfast sink and a large timber dining table.”
One of the must-haves was a rear outdoor entertaining deck that flowed easily from the home’s interior — one that could be part of a large, enclosed area once the sliding doors were fully opened. “This area can be opened up or closed as needed and is equipped with outdoor blinds, a fan and heaters, ensuring the space can be used throughout the year. Just as importantly, this back deck enjoys sweeping farmland views and overlooks the Hunter River,” says Rich.
While the site, until recently part of a family farm, was perfectly positioned to capture views, the fact that it had a significant slope needed to be addressed. This was done smartly and efficiently by opting for a split-level floor plan that allows the home to sit comfortably within the contours of the block and make the most of the enviable outlook.
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