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August 17, 2015

The Sunday Times Home Magazine, August 9th.

Since its opening in Waterford last October, the Boardwalk by Switch Homes has received nothing but compliments. With its livability, versatility and generously proportioned rooms, the popular design belies its relatively narrow 12m frontage.

Entry is through impressive double doors on the side setback, a design feature that sales and marketing manager Damian Monteleone says creates an elegant landing area, offers privacy, and frees up valuable space in the home. “More and more people are starting to utalise the walkway for the setback space, as it gives them the room sizes and the volume in the house better than a big, open corridor does,” he says.

The well-considered floorplan has been created with practical family living in mind. The front guest suite is self-contained, and would also work as a teenager’s retreat, grandparents’ wing or even a home office. “This area can be whatever you want it to be,” Damian says. “If you’re going to stay in this house for 15 years, the room may well change two or three times. The Boardwalk was designed to have that versatility.”

The main bedroom, sitting room and two minor bedrooms are on the upper floor, and all benefit from the same 28-course-high doorsways and 31-course-high ceilings as the ground floor. Again, there is no sense of space being compromised on the upper level. “We worked hard to avoid any sense of tightness,” Damian says. “Space can feel unforgiving on narrow lots. That’s why we’ve used zoning, height and depth.”

Downstairs, the free-form open-plan living, dining and kitchen area is spacious and comfortable. The study with silicone corner windows is a stroke of genius, as it offers views of both the pool and the front entrance. Another ingenious design feature is the coat cupboard, which frees up valuable wardrobe space upstairs.

It’s the high-spec kitchen-dining area, however that Damian says is the home’s crowning glory, featuring as it does a bar, scullery, walk-in pantry, wine cellar and laundry. “The kitchen-laundry-scullery concept works beautifully,” Damian says. “You can arrive home, come through the garage, dump the kids’ footy boots in the laundry, drop your shopping in the scullery. The whole concept just works.”

The Boardwalk comes in a choice of four different floorplan and specifications levels: Luxury, Ultimate, Exclusive and Premium, which is priced at $386,210. Though the specification on the Luxury display home is high- think timber feature cladding, timber look porcelain flooring, bifolds to alfresco, freestanding bath in ensuite, overhead cupboards in the kitchen and laundry, and stone benchtops throughout- the Premium model offers great value for money, according to Damian.

“The Premium and Luxury homes have different specifications, but the floorplan is essentially the same,” he says. “It’s still a very livable, comfortable house, with a huge amount of storage. It’s a beautiful, simple and robust design.”

 

Lisa Shearon

 

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