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Adelaide Alfresco Mk2

Posted on 27 February 2021
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Written by Lauren Ahwan

A play on colour and a home that can offer four or five bedrooms shows how appealing and versatile Statesman Homes’ Adelaide Alfresco Mk2 can be for growing families

Playing with colour is always a risk. I envy those brave enough to leap in and embrace colour throughout their home. And I don’t mean just a few scatter cushions either.

I’m talking far more permanent fixtures, such as cabinetry, that when done well can take a home to the next level but, in the wrong hands, lead to serious renovation regret. While others declare beige to be a bore, I consider it a comfortable safety net – although a monochrome colour scheme works well too when I’m feeling slightly more daring.

Statesman Homes’ Adelaide Alfresco Mk2, which is a new display at the Burgundy development at Angle Vale, however, has turned my thinking on its head.

Thanks to the use of Laminex’s Possum – a delightful, low-sheen eucalyptus green used to great effect on cabinetry throughout the home – I am finally seeing the joy that colour can bring.

In the kitchen, when combined with seasoned oak overhead cupboards (in Laminex’s textured Riven finish) and white stone counters, it creates a soothing, peaceful atmosphere that belies the chaotic hub-of-the-home space that kitchens can often be.

A white penny round splashback (Beaumont Tiles’ Mono Penny Round white matt mosaics, style no 97709) adds extra interest, while a window splashback above the kitchen sink and a long, frosted glass pendant (Beacon Lighting’s LEDlux Rivit) flood the kitchen in light, ensuring this food prep area is a joy to work in.

Statesman Homes’ design director Ruth Vagnarelli says the kitchen, which along with a meals and family area forms the home’s spacious main living zone, prioritises functionality without scrimping on beauty and, as an added bonus, is child-friendly too.

“It’s a beautiful, light and airy space that has so much room without feeling cavernous and it flows out to the undercover alfresco area,’’ she says. “I would absolutely love to entertain in this home.’’

As well as the casual living zone which connects to a corner alfresco, the Adelaide Alfresco Mk2 features a more formal lounge and dining room at the front of the home. In the display, the doorway between this area and the kitchen is not shown, but in the standard plan it creates an easy access point.

Ruth says many clients opt to modify this feature and enclose it (as displayed), which also involves a different configuration of the pantry. 

Given this, the formal dining could easily become part of an even larger formal living room or be used as a separate space, such as a home office, should the existing study be required as a fifth bedroom. Being opposite the master suite, it would also make a luxurious parents’ retreat.

The display’s three minor bedrooms are located at the rear of the home, off a private passage that also provides access to the three-way family bathroom and laundry. I’m impressed with the thoughtful inclusion of walk-in robes in each minor bedroom, which is a rare find but creates a seamless, clutter-free look.

In the calming master suite, a his-and-hers walk-through wardrobe connects the main bedroom to the ensuite, which features a double vanity and much-coveted oversized shower.

Ruth says the attention to detail in the Adelaide Alfresco Mk2 makes it one of Statesman Homes most popular designs.

“People are spending more time at home so they are wanting room to spread out, spaces where they can come together as a family but also room to escape and chill,’’ she says. 

“This home offers exactly that, with beautiful living areas that are flooded in natural light.

“The designers understand what family living is all about … a great family home is carefully designed around considered traffic flow and beautiful spaces, which is what makes this home so liveable.’’

The display’s exterior is just as appealing, rendered in the same muted green tones as the inside cabinetry. Elongated windows and a portico with knotwood timber-style detailing, along with stone-style cladding on the piers, present a stylish first impression.

For more information and pricing for the Adelaide Alfresco Mk2, click here. Ruth says, for a home with up to five bedrooms, it is surprisingly affordable. She says the display features a myriad of standard inclusions that help to keep costs down, allowing for upgrades such as Essastone benches in the kitchen and bathrooms.

“This home is ideal for people who love to entertain. It is also popular with people that work from home,’’ Ruth says.

“This best selling family home has it all – luxury at the front and casual living at the rear.’’


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