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Best Homes #3

Best Homes showcases the best and most prestigious homes from builders across the country. Providing you with the right information as well as the inspiration for you to turn your dream home or apartment into a reality.

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2 min.
out of the square

A vacant block of land presents the opportunity to create something special without any of the hindrances that occur when a preexisting structure lies in the way of your new abode. And that’s exactly what this Bella Vista, Sydney, home was afforded. In a typical family residence, occupants tend to live on top of each other and spaces are filled to the brim. This modern take on a family home prioritises space, and there’s plenty of it for a couple with two young children. “The client wanted a spacious house in which they would feel comfortable,” says Nino Sanzari from Starr Constructions. Beginning from scratch, there was a considerable amount of work to be completed, including a cinema, multi-car garage, courtyard, living and kitchen area, laundry, lounge room, dining room, four bedrooms…

2 min.
night and day

A home for a busy family had to transform from nine-to-five convenience during the week to relaxed comfort on the weekend. It also had to cope with four people in the kitchen trying to have breakfast and get out the door on time in the morning, to a place where guests could enjoy a formal dinner on the weekend. This home, built by Starr Constructions, caters for exactly this set-up. Clients approached the builders to help them create a house where comfort was the main priority seven days a week. The design is split over three levels. The first features the family, kitchen and alfresco living areas. These spaces are functional in that the open-plan living design has an easy flow while retaining that comfort element. Starr made sure each space was as…

1 min.
prime position

The brief from the owners of this wedge-shaped corner block was to create a large open floorplan in a modern three-level home design that not only addressed all facades of their block, but also maximised their beautiful water views. As this was an open corner site not hemmed in by homes on either side, there was greater design freedom as the home would be visible from all sides. Designed by Douglas Design and crafted by boutique builder Benchmark Homes, the unique residence features a multitude of modern inclusions for today’s lifestyle, in addition to a large private entertainment area and landscaping. The home’s contemporary design aesthetic flows throughout all four elevations on the exposed corner site, which, despite its position, still allows for privacy. The critical point with the final design was…

2 min.
keeping it in the family

This 962m² vacant block of land, just 400m from the beach at Rye, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, was part of a 1788m² block containing this old family holiday home, where the homeowners enjoyed many summers while growing up. The siblings decided to remove the old home, divide the larger block and separate this block, with a plan to build three small beach homes. The clients’ wish list was quite comprehensive as they wanted their extended family to be able to enjoy the lifestyle they had loved so much themselves, which in turn added to the footprint of the “small” beach home. The aim was to create a home that could accommodate the owners in retirement, with enough room to cater for the extended family and all their toys on weekends and holidays,…

2 min.
got it all

Known for its live performance and restaurant culture, Enmore in Sydney’s inner west offers a unique display of elements both young and old. The streets are lined with quaint heritagestyle homes while the walls of buildings are covered in graffiti — a characteristic that has been turned into a feature of this new development. Bold accent pieces pay homage to the graffiti that now marks the walls of this new block. Inspired by the vibrancy of the graffiticovered walls and the retro feel of the surrounding area, ACG Building, together with Alec Pappas Architects, transformed a neglected commercial building into a multifunctional, four-storey hub in Enmore’s town centre. With commercial spaces on the ground floor, the top levels host one- and two-bedroom apartments that evoke a modern, industrial feel with light-filled interiors…

2 min.
perfect match

Sometimes the only way to get exactly what you want in a home is to have it designed especially for you so that it’s precisely how you dreamed it would be. This thought process led this young family of four (which has since grown to five) to Bruce Fyffe, designer/manager of Fyffe Design Services. “My clients could not find a project home design that satisfied their requirements and had everything they wanted,” says Bruce. “Any variations to existing designs were expensive and at the end of the day, they would still live in a project home. So they came to me with a simple brief: a layout that suited their family and could also accommodate four large cars.” Their wish list was for a five-bedroom home plus study, with three living areas,…