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June 23, 2015

Sunday Times, Home Magazine June 21st.

A narrow-lot home with wide appeal, the Horizon is the latest inspirational showcase from Switch Homes. Built on a subdivided block in Stirling, it proves that you don’t need to sacrifice space, style or function just because you’re working with a 10m-wide site. Damian Monteleone, sales and marketing manager at Switch Homes, says it’s an easily ”repeatable” design that will suit everyone from downsizers and investors, to families and young professionals.

“It’s ideal for those side-by-side, duplex-style subdivided blocks. There are so many of those coming on the market now in established areas,” Damian says.

However, the Horizon is much more than simply a practical solution for the ”small stuff”. It’s a smartly designed three-bedroom residence that’s also big on wow factor and liveability. Cue its spacious gallery-style entry, for example its discreet but sizeable study nook, its feature-packed kitchen, high ceilings, dedicated utility zone, indulgent master suite and generous terrace-style balcony.

“People are looking for quality in their space, not just space for the sake of space,” Damian says.

The Horizon’s impressive line-up of finishing touches also includes a built-in buffet in the meals area, a slipper-style freestanding bath in the ensuite, fitted wardrobes, and coffered ceilings in the master suite and in the upstairs sitting room. An extra-deep section of kitchen benchtop means oils and spices can be close at hand behind the cooktop, while the Smeg freestanding oven adds a commercial-style twist to the kitchen styling. Pull-out storage units and deep drawers are among the kitchen storage solutions, and the integrated dishwasher is included in the price.

A ”fish tank window” brings in a leafy view of the garden.

“The window behind the cooktop is a nice look, particularly for narrow lots,” Damian says.

Switch Homes offers a choice of three elevations for the Horizon, embracing traditional and contemporary looks in addition to the fresh modern look on show in Stirling. With Maximum flexibility in mind, the builder has also drawn up versions of the home starting from just over $340,000, plus a floor plan with a balcony at the back to open up the house to rear views.

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