/Want an elegant house to suit your lifestyle? We have found just the home

Want an elegant house to suit your lifestyle? We have found just the home

Horizon Oakford Homes displays at Hallett Cove

Oakford Homes’ Horizon display home at Hallett Cove. Picture: Nick Clayton.

If you are a parent with a few children, while I’m sure you love spending time with the little cherubs, there is probably the occasional moment when you’d like them to go off and relax in their own part of the home, so you could enjoy some time out.

Sound like something you need?

Well, I may have found the ideal home design for you to build. And it happens to be a very elegant design, thanks to a thoughtful layout, classic styling and good choice of paint colour.

Horizon Oakford Homes displays at Hallett Cove

Oakford Homes’ Horizon display home at Hallett Cove. Picture: Nick Clayton.

Oakford Homes’ Horizon is a four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom design that could be built as a single storey home or as a split-level on a sloping block with a few steps here and there. This is how you’ll find it at the display home at Hallett Cove.

I love a home that has different levels and right from the entrance of this home, it feels like something special.

You enter the Horizon on what is the lower level and as a result of the lay of the land, the display home goes up a few steps and also goes off in a different direction. What doesn’t change, however, is the ceiling height and in the display you get to see how good 3m high ceilings can look in the front section of this home.

Horizon Oakford Homes displays at Hallett Cove

Oakford Homes’ Horizon display home at Hallett Cove. Picture: Nick Clayton.

Directly ahead and up a few steps, there’s a glimpse of a large living zone that looks both tranquil and light in colour and welcoming in feel. Even from this quick look, I know I already like this home.

If you turn left before the steps, the Horizon has a real surprise in store – a hidden children’s wing. A wall of built-in shelving and cupboards is a fabulous idea, and makes good use of a corridor space, as it leads you into the kids’ zone.

But what is more surprising is the amount of space you’ll find in this wing, even though you feel like you haven’t come very far into the home.

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Horizon Oakford Homes displays at Hallett Cove

Oakford Homes’ Horizon display home at Hallett Cove. Picture: Nick Clayton.

You’ll find three of the home’s four bedrooms surrounding a lounge retreat, plus the main bathroom and a separate powder room off the corridor. The two bedrooms at the front are treated to those 3m ceilings and the tall windows and floor-to-ceiling sheer curtains create delightful spaces that children will love.

The fact that kids will have their own private lounge, away from the parents zone – which is at the other end of the home – should make tweens and teens happy too.

Horizon Oakford Homes displays at Hallett Cove

Oakford Homes’ Horizon display home at Hallett Cove. Picture: Nick Clayton.

“Having this children’s zone at the front of the house is ideal as it can create a quiet zone away from the entertaining area,” Oakford Homes’ selections coordinator Juliette says.

“With the lounge being in a separate area, it is conducive to being set up for children with their games etc and a study area. The large bookcase is ideal to store all their books, games, trophies etc.”

Oakford Homes’ designer Gloria Schwarz says the Horizon’s layout purposefully allows for distinct zones and easy sharing.

Horizon Oakford Homes displays at Hallett Cove

Oakford Homes’ Horizon display home at Hallett Cove. Picture: Nick Clayton.

“The house was designed knowing that some split stairs would be required due to the slope of the site,” she says.

“This just gives the design more flexibility as it will also work well on a flat block. In this instance, the splits give visitors a chance to see the elegance and space of 3m ceilings and the added height to the garage allows for a panel door of greater clearance for higher vehicles and or vans.

“It features a fabulous central entertaining area with outdoor access that can meld together,
and the utility areas off the kitchen have ample space and facilities and ready access to the outside areas.”

Horizon Oakford Homes displays at Hallett Cove

Oakford Homes’ Horizon display home at Hallett Cove. Picture: Nick Clayton.

While self-containing the children at one end of the home sounds like a win-win situation for parents, everyone will want to gather in the central open-plan living zone because, quite simply, it has a lovely feel about it. Head up the stairs and a spacious lounge greets you, centred around a built-in fireplace, although your gaze will probably look beyond it to the alfresco which fully opens outwards from the corner sliding stacker doors.

Look even further and you’ll see the dining zone at the rear has a generous space and also opens to the alfresco.

Horizon Oakford Homes displays at Hallett Cove

Oakford Homes’ Horizon display home at Hallett Cove. Picture: Nick Clayton.

The long and large kitchen is well equipped with storage, shelving and benchtop space, so it’s easy to assume budding home cooks will like this layout. The island bench is substantial and you’ll need to walk right around it to realise its generous proportions. Head into the butler’s pantry and you’ll find the dishwasher, a second sink and tall shelving. But that’s not all, keep walking and you’ll find the laundry, which I think is a very sensible layout. Linking these key utility zones saves time and is also efficient in terms of space, everyday life, as well as the initial plumbing costs.

Horizon Oakford Homes displays at Hallett Cove

Oakford Homes’ Horizon display home at Hallett Cove. Picture: Nick Clayton.

The whole aesthetic of the Horizon oozes peacefulness, thanks to a warm muted colour palette and finishes such as the plantation shutters and tall windows.

“I wanted to create a welcoming family home with a soothing colour palette that people would be glad to come home to relax in,” Juliette says.

“The use of warm tones for the laminates, tiles, paint colours and furnishings give this home a relaxed and harmonious feel.”

“The shelving in the main living area was included to create a space to showcase your prized possessions, photos, books, etc. Modern homes can be very impersonal and adding simple touches like shelving is a great way to add personality by displaying the things that are important to you.”

Horizon Oakford Homes displays at Hallett Cove

Oakford Homes’ Horizon display home at Hallett Cove. Picture: Nick Clayton.

But one of key selling points of this design would have to be the master suite at the back. Ample proportions have been given to this private master suite, which not only has a formal entrance, an ensuite, but also comes with two separate walk-in wardrobes – and you have the option to open it up to the backyard.

“The double entry allows for privacy to the bedroom’s entrance door and no direct visual from the main entertaining areas,” Gloria says.

“The room itself was also designed with the possibility to incorporate a sliding door to a private courtyard if space is available to do so, to the side or rear.”

It’s a secluded, bright space to linger in and it will most definitely appeal to those seeking the odd moments of peace and quiet.