Written by Lauren Ahwan
It’s easy to imagine yourself living in Statesman Homes’ Seacombe Alfresco. Here’s the many reasons why
The best display homes are those you can already see yourself living in. And let me tell you, there was plenty of daydreaming when I stopped by Statesman Homes’ Seacombe Alfresco.
I could already picture myself dropping the keys at the front hall table, greeting my children as they relaxed in the living room (having already done their homework, of course) and admiring the plants outside the kitchen window splashback while waiting for the kettle to boil.
I’m getting ahead of myself but it’s hard not to when it comes to this four-bedroom, two-bathroom delight, on display at Liberty estate, Two Wells.
I can’t quite put my finger on what appeals so much – maybe it’s the organised kitchen office/ study nook or the oversized butler’s pantry to cater to all my cooking whims.
Maybe it’s the luxurious master suite or the warm, earthy decor throughout, with travertinestyle flooring, timber joinery and accents of tan leather and brass.
Or maybe, as Statesman Homes’ design director Ruth Vagnarelli points out, it’s simply the lowmaintenance lifestyle that draws me in.
“Style and functionality are the hallmarks of the Statesman Seacombe Alfresco,’’ Ruth says.
“It is a great family home, whether it is (for) a young couple planning to start a family, families with toddlers to those with teenagers and … downsizers, as there is still enough room for the grandchildren to stay.
“It is not an overly enormous house so the benefit is it has everything for modern living but does not require a big block, so is not a high maintenance lifestyle.
“We find people come to this home and then visit an array of other homes – but they keep being drawn back to this one.’’
The master suite is located at the front of the home. Not only does it feel instantly calm and inviting but is also light and airy, thanks to a large window that occupies almost an entire wall. The walk-in robe has a good mix of hanging, drawer and shelving space, while the ensuite boasts a double bowl vanity and an oversized shower.
The home theatre is further off the front entry hall and adjacent built-in storage cupboards to keep everything neat and tidy. The entry then opens to the main living zone, comprising the kitchen, family and meals area.
I love the sense of arrival that greets this space. An office nook, with timber-look shelving, is tucked neatly in the corner, while the kitchen contains three separate counter spaces (and a fourth in the butler’s pantry), all finished in Essastone’s gloss Calcite, with cabinetry in Laminex’s natural walnut.
The window splashback and a Luella pendant with brass highlights, from Beacon Lighting, lend a sophisticated touch, without appearing fussy.
“The kitchen layout is out of this world,’’ says Ruth. “(It is) one of the reasons clients have repeatedly given as (to why) they build this design.’’
The family area features floor-to-ceiling storage, a definite plus for maintaining a clutter-free home.
There’s no TV shown in the display, which leaves this space reserved entirely for enjoying the company of family and friends – although the storage cupboard could hide a home entertainment centre if you wanted. In the light-filled meals area, a three-panel sliding door opens smoothly to a decked, undercover alfresco, giving options to enjoy lunch indoors or out.
The home’s three minor bedrooms, all with builtin wardrobes, are located in a separate wing, which also contains the laundry and a functional, threeway bathroom.
Ruth says the beauty of the Seacombe Alfresco is its ability to fit everything a family needs on a 14mwide block.
“It is a really well-thought-out design that is a joy to live in,’’ she says. “You don’t need a huge block to live the way you want in this spacious, fourbedroom home.’’