Dechellis Homes’ Impressions design will make your jaw drop with its interior fit-out and a vast floorplan that makes you feel like you have entered the Tardis
From the outside there’s no obvious indication you’re about to walk into an extremely large home. Dechellis Homes’ Impressions design is on the wider side at 16.10m so yes; you know there is bound to be a bit of space beyond the front door. But this is a home that goes on and on. It’s almost maze-like. At every turn there’s more to see and just when you think you’ve seen it all, another corner leads you to a further wing. I will admit I was surprised to find so much internal room at this Andrews Farm display home (331.97sqm), purely for the fact the home sits on fairly standard size modern block of about 500sqm or so.
So what’s inside? There’s four spacious bedrooms – with a master suite to covet, two elegant bathrooms finished in beautiful marble like tiles, and a kitchen zone that tops them both. Three living zones plus an alfresco are ready to be enjoyed by the whole family, whether you choose to spread out or spend time together. And then there’s the extras that I would love, such as the open walk-in butler’s pantry, the long laundry and the double-door walk-in wardrobe in one of the minor bedrooms. There’s also two smaller spaces that punch far above their weight: a walk-in linen with a glass door and my new favourite, the mud room, which connects the hall to the double garage. “We think the mud room is a great idea… it’s perfect to store children’s school bags or muddy shoes,’ Dechellis Homes’ Melissa Treppiedi says.
The entrance hall is the first stunner you’ll discover though and if like me you like to linger, you’ll see the wooden beaded hanging pendant light that is so very urban cool, admire the credenza and the dark wall, and then take in the 3.3m ceiling that greets you on entry. “We wanted the interior style to be a modern family home and with the neutral tones throughout it gives this home a relaxed and inviting feeling,” Melissa says. “This home is perfect for growing families or families who would prefer some extra space.” Space is something that’s amplified throughout the design, from the extra wide hallway to the large floor-to-ceiling windows, the 2.7m ceilings in the rest of the house and the sliding stacker doors that open the inside to the outdoors.
The alfresco, by the way, shows a clever way t extend your outdoor living zone by adding an open pergola adjacent that you could grow a vine up. As you see here, it makes the outdoor zone feel really big with space for both a dining table and an outdoor lounge setting. “We find that the key areas of this home that people love is the open kitchen/walk-in pantry and home theatre which opens up to the alfresco,” Melissa says.
Two zones have sliding doors to the alfresco – the bright open plan dining/living and the almost hidden home theatre, which tucked behind a wall takes on a moody tone with its dark walls, comfy sofa and black-and-white zebra print that draws you in and captures attention. The layout is fabulous and when you’re entertaining, its easy flow indoors and out will appreciated by you and all your guests. Centre of attention within the open plan though is the kitchen. Streamlined with floor-to ceiling cabinetry, Laminex’s beautiful Sublime Teak creates so much warmth to this large zone, and recessing these tall cupboards into the wall is both elegant and polished.
The pristine white of the butler’s pantry creates a nice contrast but at the same time delineates the show kitchen from the work zone. Its window splashback is another favourite feature and its outlook to established trees is a good choice, making it feel like nature is coming inside. The inclusion of two sinks – a round one in the island and a double sink in the pantry – is also a clever move. “The kitchen features floor-to-ceiling cupboards with an integrated fridge/freezer,” Melissa says. “There’s lots of storage and bench space with having the open butler’s pantry.” Over the other side of the room the lounge is cosy and centred around the sleek built-in gas fire and it’s another of the stylish, yet practical features that get my approval. Behind the wall a passage leads to three minor bedrooms, the main bathroom and laundry, and a bonus retreat that I certainly wasn’t expecting to find. It’s here this home feels like a Tardis with spaces that go on and shows the thought and attention that has gone into this design. Being positioned on internal walls, a skylight draws in natural light and gives this private living area its own vibe. And while I love the double cavity doors that hide a surprise walk-in robe in the fourth bedroom, it’s the vast master suite that wins.
Tall windows are kept private by light sheer curtains, and in the separate his-and-hers wardrobes – yes, there are two – one has its own window as an extra treat. This wardrobe flows on to the palatial ensuite and as I mentioned earlier those tiles are simply elegant. “The minor bedrooms are in their own wing of the house with the main bedroom at the front for extra privacy,” Melissa says. “Although this home is targeted to families we still wanted it to have a luxurious feel to it with incorporating something special for the adults.”
The Impressions design is ideal for families with lots of children, but equally it would be a great choice for multi-generational families with grandparents, parents and children under the same roof. “We believe this design is very versatile and could suit a family of any size,’ Melissa says. “You also have the option to turn any room into an office/study and there is a lot of storage.”
Published by Newscorp – Sunday Mail Home & Life Magazine
Published date: 11/11/2018
Words TRUDY ORAM
Pictures NICK CLAYTON