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April 2, 2011

The Sunday Times

THE award winning Switcheight80 aims to make entertaining effortless and family life harmonious. To this end, Switch Homes for Livings designers pulled out all the stops to create an expansive living/dining zone at the back of the home that leads to an uber chic alfresco area. A swish home cinema, private study and big bedrooms are some of the other standouts that make this display perfect for both party animals and people who value their privacy. Lee Morris, sales and marketing manager at Switch Homes, says the seamless flow between the home and garden was key to the designs success. “The whole back of the home is all living area,” he says. “The kitchen, dining and lounge area overlooks the swimming pool and a really large, open alfresco. “There are sliding doors adjacent to the kitchen, the dining area and off the lounge, so you can access the alfresco from all of these rooms at the back of the house.” The decked alfresco has a fully fitted barbecue recess with stainless steel cabinets. As displayed, the modern bronze splashbacks in the kitchen add a touch of sophistication to the design. Large families will appreciate the fact that the pantry is big enough to accommodate a refrigerator. Plenty of thought has gone into the storage solutions, which include a linen cupboard and walk in storeroom. “Theres lots storage space in the home,” “In all of our designs we nestle utilities so laundries and kitchens are close together.” Lee says the home is ideal for families with teenage children. There are three minor bedrooms, all with easy access to the main bathroom. One has a walk in robe and two have built ins. The master bedroom wing is an absolute delight in the Switcheight80. “It has a stunning ensuite with a skylight,” Lee says. “Its a real resort feel in that part of the home.” A tiled floating wall in the bedroom that reaches part way to the ceiling conceals the walk in robe, giving a spacious feeling and keeping clothes out of sight. With exposed beams and rammed earth walls contrasted with neutral rendering on the exterior, the Switcheight80 really stands out. “It has two sections of rammed earth, with one wall running from the front of the home into the porch area,” Lee says. “Its very striking in terms of street appeal.”

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