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Utility zones work well for everyone

November 3, 2012

The Weekend West

Free-flowing links between indoor and outdoor living areas make entertaining a breeze in the Switcheight170 display, by Switch Homes for Living, at Wandi. Extensive glazing in the side of the open-plan living room, dining area and a separate games room creates seamless connections to the display’s artfully landscaped garden, revealing its potential to accommodate a crowd. “I love the main living area of this home particularly the way it flows into a games room and out to an outdoor living area,” sales and marketing manager, Lee Morris, said. “The home would suit people with an active, outdoor lifestyle and it’s a brilliant home for entertaining with a state-of-the-art outdoor entertaining precinct, including an outdoor kitchen. “There is seamless flow between the huge kitchen, living room, games room and outdoor area, so for modern entertaining it fits the bill perfectly” The central kitchen has an innovative and functional layout that includes streamlined cabinets and drawers, lots of overhead cupboards and quality stainless-steel cooking appliances. A separate scullery provides extra bench and storage space and a sink, and a big island bench with a chunky stone top and breakfast bar is positioned to overlook the living and dining areas to the garden beyond. “Switch is leading the way in creating what we call utility zones, where you have a generous scullery or food preparation room adjacent to the kitchen, and linked to that you have the laundry and often a big walk-in linen cupboard. “We nestle all the domestic workspaces together to optimise convenience without cutting you off from the main living areas when you’re busy with housework or cooking. The use of a scullery also allows you to keep any kitchen clutter out of sight when you are entertaining.” The family room and dining area have strategically placed recesses and plenty of room to move around generously proportioned furniture. Doors at the back of the family room open to the multi-purpose or games room and there is a separate home theatre tucked around the corner from the family room, off the entry hall. Bedrooms are zoned to give adults, children and guests maximum privacy with the main suite at the front, near the study and three minor bedrooms in a separate wing. The resort-style main suite has a spacious sleeping area with a glazed sliding door to the outdoor living area, walk-in robe and elegant ensuite, with stone-topped double vanity, oval bath, oversized dual-head shower and powder room. The second bedroom, which would make a perfect guest suite, has a walk-in robe and ensuite. The remaining minor bedrooms are divided by the main bathroom and a powder room.

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