Of traditional design, this grand family home has a timeless look that will never go out of fashion
Designed by: Young Homes
Location: Beecroft, NSW
Year Completed: 2018
Photography: Marian Riabic
From the timeless traditional exterior to the dateless — and decidedly glamorous — interior, this elegant two-storey residence in the northern Sydney suburb of Beecroft is a true classic. Custom designed and built by Young Homes for a working couple with two school-aged children, this home is the perfect fit in every way. It has the style the family loves, caters to all their lifestyle needs and looks right at home amid the neighbouring properties.
“The clients had visited our display home, The Platinum, in Kellyville and been impressed by what they saw. They had also seen photos of another home we had built previously. This was in a classical style which they really liked,” says Dean Young, director of Young Homes. “We designed for them a home with an almost identical facade to the classical home that had caught their eye but with a different floor plan to accommodate their particular needs and comply with local council requirements.”
One of the main things they wanted was high ceilings; another was to maintain a steep roof pitch to ensure the home had the classical look they favoured. To achieve this and stay within council height regulations, the block required extensive excavation and the construction of tiered retaining walls. Through careful planning and skillful design, Young Homes was also able to create a 4.3m-high ceiling in the downstairs living room which, for added architectural detail and refinement, is coffered.
A grand home of generous proportions, it makes a striking first impression. “This is because the entry foyer is fitted with a marble staircase with a curved glass balustrade that has the wow factor,” says Dean, “and it’s something you experience the second you enter the home.”
The meticulous eye for detail displayed in the spacious foyer has been carried throughout the residence and the gourmet kitchen is a prime example. It is a luxurious space designed for sophisticated entertaining that features the latest appliances, including two integrated fridge-freezers, and boasts premium-quality benchtops and cabinetry.
“The emphasis on luxury can also be clearly seen in the five lavish bedrooms — four of which are located on the first floor. The fifth is on the ground floor, making it ideal for use as guest accommodation or a study,” adds Dean. To ensure the family can enjoy maximum comfort, there is an air conditioning system with eight zones and underfloor heating in the bathrooms.
The spacious outdoor living area, which hugs both the home and the large swimming pool, makes year-round entertaining a breeze. Ease of entertaining is enhanced by the inclusion of a modern outdoor kitchen which has been positioned so adults can chat to guests — or keep an eye on the kids in the pool — when cooking.
As for street appeal, the home has it in abundance. “The exterior of the home is a combination of face brick to the base and cement render and paint above with terracotta tiles on the roof to give a timeless, classical appeal,” says Dean. “And, as the home was built in an older suburb of Sydney where there are lots of established homes, the classical design fits in well.”