Do you need a home that will ensure there is good natural light all year round? Step inside the light-filled five-bedroom Lobethal Alfresco design by Statesman Homes, writes Lauren Ahwan.
As my family – and my energy provider – will attest, there is nothing I dislike more than a dark, depressing house. Day or night, I flick the lights on as soon as I enter a room to make it feel warm and inviting.
So walking through Statesman Homes’ Lobethal Alfresco display at Eden estate, Two Wells recently, it was not surprising that the first thing I noticed in this five-bedroom, two-bathroom home was the abundance of natural light, thanks to its generously-sized windows.
In the home theatre at the front of the house, the wide, large window almost fills the wall. Locating this spacious room in this part of the home, away from the noise of the main living areas further back, is a clever design move too.
I can imagine sitting here enjoying a quiet coffee and catch-up with a friend just as much as lying around with my family for home movie nights.
The home theatre is one of the Lobethal Alfresco’s two main living zones, but the design’s fifth bedroom could also be a third living area, as it is shown in the display, as a very pleasant study with a view to the backyard.
The master suite, on the other side of the wide and welcoming entry hall, is also generously sized. Once again, a large front window allows for maximum natural light and a three-sided walk-in wardrobe with attractive, timber-look cabinetry, offers plenty of hanging, shelving and drawer space.
It’s a fabulous find and it showcases how interior details such as this wardrobe can make a huge difference to the feel and finish of a home.
But it’s the ensuite that really impresses me, particularly the incorporation of a slim, floor-to-ceiling window, offset between the vanity and toilet, that adds a wow-factor. Planting a tall, green hedge outside to screen the area from neighbours would turn this area into a little private oasis. The double vanity, along with a double shower, add a luxury hotel vibe and are smart additions if you and your partner are rushing to get out the door of a morning and the kids are already using the main bathroom.
Heading down the hall and through the double doors, that can be closed off, is the main living hub featuring an open plan kitchen, meals and family area.
In this generous space more large windows combine with a set of sliding doors that overlook the undercover alfresco.
Of course, picking the right furnishings is also important if you want to create a bright, light-filled home and the Lobethal’s Alfresco’s display showcases a stunning Laminex finish that looks like Carrara marble on the benchtops, pared with striking overhead pendant lighting, tranquil artworks and large-format, polished floor tiles.
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A white satin, hexagonal tile provides a point of interest for the kitchen splashback while, on a practical level, overhead cabinetry, deep underbench drawers and a large walk-in pantry, with ample shelving, provides plenty of storage options.
Statesman Homes’ design director Ruth Vagnarelli says attention to detail means not a single space in the Lobethal Alfresco has been wasted.
“Each square centimetre has been carefully considered so it is a really well thought out design for practical living,’’ she says.
“The open plan kitchen and living are separated by a large island bench so that different activities can occur in each space while at the same time remain connected: think parents cooking dinner, kids watching TV.
“While different zones are easy to identify, the house feels coherent because of a continuous and harmonious interiors scheme. The neutral floor tile contrasts softly with the timber kitchen joinery.
“The white overhead cupboards blend seamlessly into the scheme while the hexagonal splashback tile adds textural interest. The timber accents give the space a warm Scandinavian vibe.
Off the main living zone a secondary hallway offers plenty of built-in cupboard space and connects to four minor bedrooms (or three bedrooms and a study, as displayed), a bathroom, separate toilet and good size laundry.
In the bathroom, I love the use of another hexagonal tile around the bath, this time with a grey, marble-look pattern. The tile, which is also used in the ensuite shower alcove, creates a sophisticated look without being too showy, and it just goes to show how easily a bathroom can be lifted to the next level.
Like the hallway, storage is maximised in the laundry as well and is displayed with a warm-toned timber laminate. The floor-to-ceiling cabinetry runs along two walls, and as well, there’s a mix of overhead and underbench cupboards, plus space for the washing machine and dryer. Another marble-look benchtop is an elegant addition, turning the chore of washing clothes into a pleasure.
In fact, Ruth says the Lobethal display is “loaded” with storage features, including a separate store room off the double garage, “making sure there is no excuse to be messy in this home’’.
“This home has it all – a perfect blend of luxury, space, private havens and functionality,” she says. “This home will be a joy to live in.’’
While the display does include some mid-range upgrades, such as floor-to-ceiling shower tiling, this is not a pretentious home. Even though it is quite large, its clean lines and simple furnishings lend a relaxed, understated feel throughout. Ruth says it’s a home with plenty of space for families to spread out and I can certainly see how each room would be well used and enjoyed.