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Distinct wings allow central integration

September 6, 2012

The Weekend West

Switch Homes have put a raft of ideas into this funky new display home that showcases the company’s creativity in accommodating changing lifestyles. “Designed around a zoning system, areas can be opened up or closed off to make family living and entertaining a breeze, Switch Homes for Living said in its HIA submission. “The Switcheight 180 features two distinct private wings designed for relaxation that are located at separate ends of the home, each with its own lounge area and easy access to the outdoor living areas. “True to the Switch signature cluster utility design, the kitchen is linked to a laundry room, cleverly concealed behind a cavity sliding door. ‘A raking ceiling with skylights over the living area creates an open space with an airy vibe.” The Velux skylights in the living room are very popular with the public, according to Switch Homes. With electricity costs of increasing concern to most homebuyers, providing lighting to the internal parts of the home is always a challenge. But skylights, like glass conservatories, have been a no-no in WA’s summer heat. Now, with double glazing and remote-control blinds as displayed in this home, skylights are not only an attractive architectural feature but also a practical solution to providing extra light for free. They aren’t the only eye-catching features: raked ceilings in the dining area, a floating raked ceiling in the home theatre, an elevated ceiling in the main bedroom with hidden lighting and the variation of ceiling heights in the conventional flat-ceilinged areas all create an overhead geometry that makes the home interesting at every turn. The kitchen and scullery combination is the other wow factor. It features integrated dishwasher, fridges and built-in microwave. The Essastone-clad island bench comes with under-slung sinks, and all the cabinet doors are pushed to open, to provide a clean modern look. No handles to hook your clothes on. The Ariston kitchen appliances include a freestanding fan-forced oven, range hood and microwave oven with trim kit. There are even recesses for a wine cellar in the kitchen and in the separate scullery. Essastone benchtops are also found in the scullery and the shelf/outdoor bar that enables you to serve directly from the scullery to the alfresco area. A single sliding door opens from the kitchen to the alfresco area and there are double doors off the dining area into the alfresco area. And while the dining area has a raked ceiling with skylights, the open-plan sitting room has a flat ceiling. The main bedroom suite is at the front of the home and the bedroom is spacious thanks to its elevated ceiling and the external glass wall with French doors opening to a private courtyard. In the luxury bathroom there is a freestanding bath, twin vanities, a shower and a sliding door to another private outdoor area. The fitted walk-in robe cum- dressing room is also accessed from the bathroom and it has doors that slide into cavities in the walls. A dual-purpose powder room is accessed from this bathroom and also from the entry hall to cater for guests. The three family bedrooms at the rear are grouped around a family bathroom and separate toilet. All three bedrooms have fitted wardrobes. This bedroom wing also has an activity room that in turn opens through double sliding doors to the alfresco area; ideal space-planning for teenagers. And bi-fold doors enable the room to become an extension of the main living area when entertaining.

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