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Perfect for those with teenage kids

July 12, 2012

The West Australian

With generously proportioned living areas, big bedrooms and luxury specifications, the new Switcheight170 display, by Switch Homes for Living, readily accommodates the needs of growing families. The versatile four-bedroom, three-bathroom home is displayed on a 1148sqm lot at Honeywood Estate in Wandi and built to a six-star energy- efficiency rating. Its 287sqm interior includes a light-filled open-plan casual living zone, with a separate study, theatre room and multipurpose or games room. Bedrooms are zoned to separate adults from children, and the central kitchen links to a highly functional scullery and practical laundry. Sales and marketing manager Lee Morris said that the versatility of the Wandi display gave it the potential to target a wide demographic. “It is decorated and displayed for a family with kids moving into their teens but it also satisfies that growing part of the marketplace with older kids staying at home longer — perhaps continuing to live at home while studying or at university,” Mr Morris said. From the street, the Switcheight170 is a bold blend of textures, colours and materials, with a feature wall of Boral cultured stone contrasting with the two-toned rendered walls and the shingled roof tiles. A deep portico shelters the recessed front door and wraps around the study, on the right. A corner window has a shallow horizontal section below the eave, expanding into a glazed sliding door in the side wall. Inside, the long entry hall gives the impression of space and style. To the right is the study, which has the split-level window of the facade and glazed door to the side. In the resort-style main suite, there is a 34-course-high ceiling with a sliding door to the pool and outdoor living area. There’s a broad fitted robe, and the classy ensuite has an oversized dual-head shower with frameless glass screen and pivoting door. The stone-topped vanity has semi-recessed basins, abundant storage space and an elevated oval bath below the window. A neat powder room can also be accessed from the entry hall, opposite the home theatre. Cavity sliding doors into the theatre room flank a wall that provides the backdrop for a big-screen TV, opposite plenty of space for seating. The dining area, family room and kitchen are on a grand scale, with full-width glazing along the right side of the house bringing light into every corner and raised ceilings enhancing the overall impression of volume and space. “The eave overhang ensures the living zone is protected from harsh sunlight in summer while allowing plenty of natural light and warmth into the home during the winter months,” Mr Morris said. Stone benchtops, gleaming stainless-steel appliances and flush-fitted glossy cabinets give the kitchen sophisticated styling. A big island bench has an inset circular sink and a breakfast bar on its outside edge, and cupboards above the cooking appliances supplement a range of drawers and cabinets below the bench. The fridge recess is tucked around the corner, near a cavity sliding door into the scullery, which has an inset double sink, appliance cupboard, a wall of vertical cabinets and lots more bench and storage space. “Our goal in the design of the kitchen was to create something highly functional for everyday use that could transform into a chef-style kitchen for entertaining a large group of people,” Mr Morris said. “We also wanted to ensure whoever was doing the cooking could interact with people in the surrounding spaces.” Another sliding door links the kitchen to the laundry, which has a deep walk-in linen and broom cupboard and a row of cabinets above and below the bench-set trough. Two doors in the back-right corner of the family room open to a multipurpose room, with garden access through a glazed door. A sliding door to the left of of the family room leads to the minor bedroom wing. Here, another well-appointed bathroom and neat powder room divide two bedrooms at the back of the house, each with a fitted robe. There’s also a guest bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite.

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