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The Circle of Life

June 3, 2012

The Sunday Times

SWITCH Homes for Living has mixed a retro like vibe with today’s mod cons and a flexible floor plan to create its latest display home, the Switcheight 160 in Woodvale. Billed as a “home for life”, it’s a freeflowing, four-bedroom home that will easily adapt as a family’s needs change. “This display showcases future-proof luxurious living at its finest, perfect for homeowners of any age, at any stage of their life,” says Lee Morris, sales and marketing manager at Switch Homes for Living. The skillion roof sets the scene from the street. Combined with the strong lines of the portico and the long lines of the fibre cement cladding, the statement roof commands attention. Inside, Switch has employed the height and shape of the skillion roof sections to create raking ceilings in the master bedroom and living area, and high ceilings in the entry. “You come into the home and you really get that feeling of height and space,” Lee says. Vertical niches accentuate the volume of space, while a circular area halfway along the hallway creates what Lee calls a “meet and greet area” that has been emphasised by a barely there light fitting and artwork recesses. “It’s one of those wonderful features that slows you down and creates an ambience,” he says. Switch has given the parents’ retreat a new twist, incorporating an upholstered window seat into a recess in the large main bedroom. “The sun seat is a more practical way of using space, but still creates that feeling of a master ‘suite’,” Lee says. Deluxe styling in the ensuite takes inspiration from boutique hotels, with a floating vanity unit, large format tiles in soft neutrals, two square above-counter basins and a huge shower, which Lee says is a must in an ensuite these days. Throughout the home there are little details that make a big difference, from the spacesaving cavity sliding doors into the fitted walk-in wardrobe, to the lockable medicine cabinet in the laundry and the skylight that floods the second bathroom with natural light.  Lee says Switch is continually taking inspiration from client ideas for features and finishing touches. “We get a real reflection of what the market is wanting and then we’re putting it on the ground,” he says. Busy families want plenty of storage so the Switcheight160 includes a sizeable store room as well as big wardrobes in all four bedrooms, a linen cupboard and heaps of cupboards in the laundry. In the living area, the builder has displayed a wall of storage concealed behind modular panels. The attention to detail continues in the statement kitchen, where smooth integrated styling meets everyday functionality. “We have got a bit of a cult following with our kitchens as we’re putting in some quite exclusive looks at a project price point,” Lee says. There’s a floating bulkhead with concealed lighting, a built-in coffee machine and microwave, a massive island bench, nooks and niches for storage and display, and sliding doors to the alfresco with its raking ceiling. “It’s a very functional space as a lot of entertaining gets done around the kitchen,” Lee says. Leading off the kitchen is a fully fitted scullery that in turn leads into the laundry, plus there’s space in the kitchen to set up the laptop or iPad.   “The attention to detail throughout this home is phenomenal, a clever combination of functionality and luxury,” Lee says.

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