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Get switched on to a narrow lot life

January 19, 2013

The Weekend West

Making the most of a narrow lot is a kind of art form in itself these days, with builders anxious to demonstrate how well they can create pleasing family living spaces when there’s not much space to work with. Switch Homes latest display, the Switcheight310 in Harrisdale, makes a solid case for narrow-lot living. Its cleverly design two-storey display illustrates how limited space can not only be maximised, but also made to look sleek and inviting at the same time. The display, which packs 260sqm of living space on to a block with a 10m frontage, has a striking textured tile front elevation and side entry, both of which hint at the steamlined interior to come. The 1200mm front door, combined with a full-height void over the entry foyer, creates a sense of space as you step into the home. A staircase to the second storey lies straight ahead, while to the right there’s a lounge room which can readily be turned into a theatre or an extra guest room. Just off the hallway, double sliding doors lead into the stylish main suite, which has a walk-in robe and a beautifully appointed, space-maximising ensuite with an open shower. Clever use of glass helps light flood the room, while a powder room is accessible from the ensuite and the hallway. Off the hallway there’s an under-stair storage area and a small open study with steamlined built-in cabinetry of the kind you’ll encounter again and again throughout the home. The long open living, meals and kitchen area is next with the dining and kitchen ones overlooking a lovely alfresco area at the side of the house. The kitchen is compact but well appointed, with a bank of cabinets on one wall incorporating a chic cluster of appliances, including a coffee machine. The kitchen has overhead cupboards and a stainless-stell benchtop (mirrored in the alfresco area), plus an Essastone countertop doing double duty as a breakfast bar. Behind the kitchen, there’s a cute and very functional utility room with a corner bench and sink and plenty of the same kind of built-in one-touch cabinetry seen elsewhere in the house. Here also is access to the rear garage. Upstairs, there’s a mezzanine activity area or fourth bedroom, a walk-in linen cupboard and two double-sized minor bedrooms, each with built-in robes and one with semi-ensuite access to the bathroom. Switch Homes general manager Rob Romberg said the design struck a balance between affordable and elegant, with the wide foyer and clever storage solutions combining to create a sense of airiness and flow in a compact area. “A wonderful ambience filters through the whole home,” Mr Romberg said. “Natural light and space in a narrow design are rarely delivered this well. He said the home was a great example of how to use a narrow lot in an established street or an infill lot, as well as small or narrow lots in new developments. The Switcheight310 is priced at $359,972 as displayed, but similar versions can be built from $270,022. The Switcheight310 3 bedroom 2 bathroom Compact but luxurious two-storey narrow-lot home, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, 260sqm total space, fits 10m frontage, study, alfresco area, rear double garage Address: Exchange Avenue, Harrisdale

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