Written by The Advertiser
Light, lovely and luxurious, there’s a relaxing feel to the four-bedroom Hillcrest design that you’ll want to come home to
According to recent Australian Bureau of Statistics, in Adelaide the average block size that new homes are being built on is now 468sqm, shrinking by 30sqm in the past 10 years.
However you don’t even need that size block to fit Statesman Homes delightful new four-bedroom design called the Hillcrest.
In fact, this lovely, light-filled home requires a mere 12.5m by 30m block, and on it you’ll get four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas and a double garage.
“As land becomes more costly, many people are wanting to still be able to live in a family home that does not compromise on space on a smaller sized block. This design has everything for a modern lifestyle: four bedrooms including a luxury master suite, two living areas, and a double garage with internal access,” says Statesman Homes’ design director Ruth Vagnarelli says.
“The key selling point of the Hillcrest, and what buyers cannot believe, is how much we can fit into a four-bedroom home designed for a courtyard sized block through clever, innovative design.
“The Hillcrest has been popular with everyone, from young families, people with teenage kids, and empty nesters who want room for the grandchildren, to singles who may want to work from home and spread out and still have a room for friends to stay.”
Take a walk through the Hillcrest design, on display at Playford Alive, and the warm and welcoming interior feels relaxing and fresh. Natural, light wood tones, soft neutrals and pops of warm, bold colours in the decor make it retreat-like and nurturing.
“Throughout the home there is an emphasis on natural looking finishes (oak look timber floors, low-sheen joinery and visible texture in furniture and fabrics),” Ruth says. “Soft lighting in the bedrooms and bathrooms also promotes a feeling of relaxation. In the open-plan kitchen and dining a more daring colour palette has been introduced through art and soft furnishing to embrace the high-energy area of the home.”
The display has been fitted mostly with standard specifications plus a few upgrades such as the timber laminate flooring, and throughout large windows allow ample light to enter the home, always an important factor when building on narrow blocks.
Bedrooms in the Hillcrest are flexible spaces, either for children to sleep in or they can be used as extra living/work zones, and tall windows with sheer curtains (Warwick Fabrics’ Jadira Ivory by Victory Curtains and Blinds), set a soothing mood. The master bedroom, at the front of the home, is a private haven complete with a his-and-hers master robe and large ensuite.
“People want their bedroom suite to be a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of daily living which makes it increasingly important to make them beautiful spaces, this means getting the proportions right and ensuring they are light-filled and, importantly, have good storage so they can be tidy,” Ruth says.
“The Hillcrest master suite is flooded with natural light making this bedroom a joy to live in.”
Down the hall, the home theatre, which can be closed off with double doors, and has soft carpet is another relaxing space. In between are three bedrooms, as well as the laundry and a practical three-way bathroom to ensure a streamlined morning rush hour.
At the rear, the home’s bright open plan zone comprises the kitchen, dining and family lounge with views in three directions.
The galley-style kitchen is finished in crisp white – Laminex’s Platinum Micro squareform profile on benchtops and Laminex’s White Decor joinery doors are classy standard options matched with sleek stainless steel appliances. The clean-cut kitchen looks complete as it is, but hidden behind a door, and doubling the storage, is a walk-in pantry with a wall of shelving.
Warming this larger space is a lovely wall colour too, Taubman’s Pebble Bay Half - standard, which also reflects the facade’s colour palette, where PGH’s Porcini standard bricks with light white mortar, Taubman’s Taupe Stone render and timber have been used.
“I love the elevation on display, I think it is contemporary yet affordable. I like its simplicity yet interest is created with the use of three materials,” say Ruth.
“I love the way every square centimetre has been designed for a reason, so it is an extremely practical home yet still feels spacious and nothing is compromised.”