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Nordic Beauty Will Impress

July 7, 2015

The Weekend West New Homes Magazine, July 4-5th 2015.

Porcelain tiles shaped like boards, and textured and coloured to resemble distressed, sun-bleached old timber, grace the floors of most rooms in the stylish Scandia display home. As Switch Homes design and building consultant Anders Wallin said, the home almost invites sandy feet fresh from the surf. Mr Wallin, who is Swedish, said he did not usually like tiled floors but he loved these. And with 31-course ceilings throughout and many of the windows reaching 28 courses in this home, the Scandia did not feel like a home built on a narrow block.

“It’s spacious and roomy,” he said. “And with its great kitchen and luxurious main suite, it shows that you can have a top-quality, comfortable home in 238sqm of living space.” The Scandia’s name gives the clue to its Nordic atmosphere. The 1200mm glass and timber front door is hidden from the street and you enter through a portico to the side. The lobby is wide, with an alcove on the right for a painting or desk. The first room is what Mr Wallin describes as a utility room. While it could be used as a theatre, its L-shaped windows opening to the street let in plenty of light and make it the perfect formal lounge, home office, gym or activity room.

Down the wide hallway, the main suite is next, with space for armchairs in the bedroom. The ensuite has timber look porcelain tiles, a double vanity with a cream stone benchtop and a window between the sinks. Opposite the parents’ retreat is the children’s zone, with two bedrooms on either side of a bathroom. “There is a bay window around the bath,” Mr Wallin said. “You could put a blind on it, but if nobody could look in and you could leave it bare, it makes for a pleasant, bright room.”

At the rear of the home, which was designed for a narrow block and a 12.5m frontage, is the living and entertaining area. “The well-appointed kitchen in this space is the focus point of the home,” Mr Wallin said. “It’s very similar, but only slightly smaller than the kitchen in Switch Homes’ flagship display, the Boardwalk,” he said. “Almost the only difference is that the Boardwalk has a scullery and pantry.”

With a glass sliding door only a few steps away from the island bench, the kitchen easily caters to indoor and outdoor dining. Its glossy white cabinets, topped with Caesarstone benches, house twin undermount sinks, microwave and dishwasher recesses and a 900mm Ariston freestanding cooker and range hood with underlit overhead cabinetry. “There’s a good mix of soft-closing drawers and cupboards, adding up to a lot of storage,” Mr Wallin said.

Sally-Ann Jones

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