Stacker doors create space for entertaining

Stacker doors create space for entertaining

The West Australian New Homes, 18th February 2012
Dennis Lingane

The Ashwood has a raked ceiling that runs through the middle of the home and extends out over the alfresco area — creating an indoor/outdoor atmosphere.

Raked ceilings can be an effective feature because they give a sense of space and provide the option of installing highlight windows to bring winter sunshine inside, as National has done in this new home.

ashwood_elevationStacker doors open from the kitchen and dining area to the alfresco area for extra space when entertaining and the designers have also added an outdoor kitchen to good effect.

National Homes’ general manager Anthony Staltari said that the Ashwood was reminiscent of a relaxed holiday home, and home furniture company Coco Republic had picked this out in its unique interior design.

“The Ashwood is a home which reflects the social side of the Australian lifestyle,” he said.

“And it has been designed with many features which illustrate this. It has a distinct resort-style feel, and the furnishings as well as the design will be certain to attract attention from discerning homebuyers.”

The kitchen and dining area are located under the raked ceiling while the living area is under a traditionally flat ceiling.

So while the kitchen and dining area has an aura of space, the living area has a cosier atmosphere. It makes it easier to heat in winter — a low-line pebble fireplace has been included in the plan — and is a more intimate gathering place.

The kitchen benches are all fitted with stone tops. There is an island bench with a double-sink inset.

The other kitchen appliances are all 900mm Technika stainless steel, including an under-bench oven, gas hotplate and range hood.

Special note should be made of the overhead cupboards. These are in two sizes, shallow for small items below, and deeper cupboards with lift-up doors above. Very intelligent design. There is a double pantry and an integrated waste bin. All cupboards and drawers have soft-closing features.

A scullery and laundry are positioned behind the kitchen providing extra preparation and storage areas when entertaining.

The entry to the Ashwood is a crowd-stopper, with rock feature wall and double entry doors to a front hall with high ceilings.

The main suite is to the left and accessed through double doors. Here there is a walk-in robe and a luxurious ensuite with twin showers, twin vanities and a separate toilet. A home theatre is opposite the main suite. The family bedroom wing is off the living area and has three bedrooms, a bathroom, and a powder room.

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