- Published on 18 October 2012
Inspirational yet supremely livable, the Waldorf showcases some of the latest design thinking from National Homes. Featuring interiors by Coco Republic Interior Design, it oozes the sense of style associated with its New York namesake, while its free-flowing floor plan gives families the space they need.
The Waldorf also responds to buyer demands for an impressive list of fi nishing touches, such as stone benchtops, oversized showers, high ceilings, fi tted storage in the walk-in wardrobe, designer doors and wall-mounted mixer taps, while the front elevation delivers instant impact from the street. Tony Harvie, brand manager at National Homes, says the company is particularly proud of the Waldorf.
“There are so many wow factors to the Waldorf, elements that will no doubt make this beautiful home one of our most soughtafter designs,” he says. A curved wall greets visitors as they approach the vast pivot entry door into this fourbedroom family home, which is on display in Harrisdale, next to National’s funky new three-bedroom cottage-lot display, the Astoria.
Tony says the inspiration for the curved wall was to open up the entry to the home and provide a great looking feature that continued from the outside into the hallway, accentuating the Waldorf’s seamless indoor/outdoor living spaces. Inside, for the fi rst time in a display home, National has created a sunken theatre room.
The decision to drop the floor level a couple of courses in this room refl ects the use of several different levels and ceiling heights in the Waldorf. Tony says this “layering” of different levels adds another modern element to the Waldorf’s design and provides focus points for each wing. “The sunken theatre, for example, serves to create intimacy and privacy, giving a relaxing feeling and providing separation from the rest of the home,” he says.
Grouped together at the front, the three minor bedrooms enjoy a good sense of separation from the living areas and parents’ wing. Also in this zone are the second bathroom, powder room and a web zone.
A dropped ceiling helps defi ne the kitchen, which teams warm neutrals and the look of timber with stone benchtops and streamlined cabinetry that wraps around one corner of the kitchen to meet the adjoining laundry. The kitchen has heaps of big pot drawers, awning-style overhead cupboards, a freestanding 900mm stainless steel stove, a threedoor pantry, a stone-topped island bench with a laminated upstand and an integrated breakfast bar. There’s also a handy appliance cupboard with a roll-down door to keep kitchen essentials hidden yet close at hand.
Flooded with natural light, the spacious open-plan living and dining area spills out via stacker doors to the good-sized alfresco with its extended deck, fi re pit and built-in seating. Tucked away at the back of the house is the large secluded master suite with its walk-in wardrobe and chic ensuite, that features a bath, twin vanities and a double shower with overhead and handheld shower attachments, a tiled plinth and a wall niche.
Sliding doors lead directly from the master bedroom out to the back gardens, enhancing the home’s great fl ow from the indoors to the outdoors. Tony says a rear master suite is often a winner with buyers as they like the sense of privacy. They like being away from road noise and also like being able to open their bedroom up to the alfresco and gardens.
“The opportunities to create a private oasis with this space are limited only by your imagination,” he says.
Source: The Sunday Times Home
Publication Date: Oct 7-13, 2012
Byline: Paula Evans