Welcoming Feel

There's something to appeal to every member of
the family in this generous-sized Gallery Living home

You'd be so nice to come home to. That's how husband and wife Kris and Debbie Trajanovski felt about their Gallery Living home plans - a modification of the Da Vinci 275.

The couple were ready to upgrade to a spacious family home that would be somewhere they could relax after a hard day's work and a place their young children would enjoy.

Debbie says: "I knew I was going to be at home a lot more with three children aged under seven so we built this house and all the features in it as the kind of place you want to be and love to be."

"I love its size - the layout is so perfect for a large, five-person family."

A key aspect for Debbie was using all the space in the design because she works from home and wanted to be able to retreat from the office into a welcoming and comfortable living area.

"We really wanted an easygoing style with a real coastal feel and inviting features," Debbie says. "A major defining factor for us was altering the size of the rooms as well as having control over the internal living and kitchen area."

"We added extra rooms such as the study, walk-in pantry and dedicated home theatre, and adapted them to ways which better suited us as a family."

The design has a casual beachy look because of the coastal location and it suits the family lifestyle.

With mum at home in the office, the children, Alexandra, 9, Olivia, 7, and Zac, 3, have the option of watching movies in the home-theatre room, playing in the games room or staying in their cosy bedrooms. She says: "The kids love it! They like their big double rooms and how they can transform the theatre room into their playroom."

While the house has a palette of sophisticated colours, each of the children's bedrooms breaks the mold. Debbie explains: "They are bright blue, aqua and pink because I wanted to give the kids their own room identities... I wanted them to be happy and cheerful places."

The entry hall turns into a passage leading to an open kitchen, dining and living area. "It's really the central hub of the home,'' Debbie says. "The kitchen is really functional and there's so much space with the caesarstone benchtops."

The living space surrounds the outdoor alfresco, becoming a luxurious place for entertaining guests by creating a large integrated area with the slide of the large full-length windows.

"The kids play in it a lot and we entertain in it all the time. It combines the gaming, living and dining areas and it's really a good use of space," Debbie says.

20-Jan-2013

WORDS Sarah Spencer PHOTOGRAPHY Nick Clayton