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Kitchen as hub proves a winner

June 5, 2010

The West Australian

With seamless links between the kitchen, living and dining areas and a good-sized alfresco area, the Switcheight30 display, by Switch Homes for Living, suits people who enjoy entertaining at home. The three-bedroom, two- bathroom home, on display at Settlers Hills, has an innovative layout with a streamlined kitchen at its hub, clearly defined zones for adults and children or guests, and quality fittings and finishes throughout. From the street, the home has contemporary charm, with a feature wall of dark face bricks contrasted with light coloured render and a grey Colorbond roof. Three vertical windows on the right balance the double garage on the left. Sales and marketing manager Lee Morris said the market had responded positively to the display, which was one of the company’s best performers. The cabinet on the outside of the servery window to the alfresco area was a useful inclusion and seamless connections between the dining area, living room, kitchen and alfresco area worked effectively for people who liked to entertain or dine outside. The front section of the home has a broad entry hall, with cavity sliding doors to the theatre room on the left, topped by a raised and recessed ceiling. The main suite, on the right, has a spacious sleeping area, deep walk-in robe and classy ensuite with twin basins on a broad vanity in front of a floating wall that screens the outsized hobless shower and toilet. Beyond the entry, the open-plan living zone is designed to integrate effectively with the alfresco area, through glazed windows at the back. The kitchen has essastone tops on parallel rows of cabinets and drawers, stainless-steel cooking appliances, overhead cupboards and a breakfast bar on the long island bench. More storage and meal preparation space is provided in the walk-through scullery or pantry, linking to a functional laundry, and there are additional cabinets below a servery window to the alfresco area, at the back of the kitchen. Two spacious minor bedrooms and a semi-ensuite bathroom are in a wing beyond the kitchen. Versions of this home with four bedrooms or four bedrooms plus a study are available, and Switch offers alternative elevations.

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