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Classic Country For The Modern Family

19 February 2019

Plunkett Homes may have gone back to its farmhouse roots when it designed the Leeuwin, an elegant new country-style showcase in Geographe Bay, but it was quick to add in some modern surprises along the way.

Homely, comfortable and spacious, the Leeuwin comes with an easy choice of floorplan changes that have been pre-tailored to suit a variety of priorities.

From entertaining at home, to meeting the practical demands of a rural lifestyle on acreage, there’s a variation of the Leeuwin to suit, along with the classic ‘all-rounder’ version of the home.

Also featured is Plunkett’s new list of standard inclusions, which covers everything from climate control to Italian cooking appliances.

Matt Poynton, Regional Manager at Plunkett Homes, says the Leeuwin may pay homage to the quintessential West Australian farmhouse, but it’s very much a home for the modern family.

“Plunkett has been building homes since 1903 so we feel tradition matters, but the needs of today’s families have evolved and we continue to evolve with them,” Mr Poynton said.

“In designing the Leeuwin, we wanted to get back to our homestead roots, but present a modernised version with some of the latest in design styles and construction techniques, along with all the conveniences the modern family requires.”

These include Panasonic reverse cycle air-conditioning with iZone controller and smart home capabilities as standard, plus a 900mm ILVE cooktop, oven and rangehood. A 1200mm-wide entry door, 31-course ceilings in the living areas and a hobless shower in the ensuite are also included as standard.

As displayed, the Leeuwin is a four-bedroom, two-bathroom design with a study, scullery, open-plan kitchen and living area, a second sitting room, formal lounge and an alfresco.

The ‘outback’ version of the design features a practical mud room, while the ‘entertainer’ has an extra-large alfresco with direct access to the kitchen. 

“Perfect for acreage, or a suburban family looking for a country-style home on a corner block, the Leeuwin blends a sense of tradition with light, bright styling and spaces that are easy to live in, whatever your lifestyle priorities are,” Mr Poynton said.

The scullery is a popular feature and integral to the kitchen design. Hiding the kitchen sink and dishwasher from view, it provides plenty of extra bench space and storage.

A dual fireplace divides the everyday living and dining area from the second sitting room or home theatre, adding an extra layer of homely comfort as well as a sense of separation.

As with many traditional farmhouse designs, the three minor bedrooms have been arranged to one side of the central living area. The formal lounge and master suite, which both feature French doors to the verandah, are on the other side, providing that all-important zoning many families look for.

The wrap-around verandah is a classic farmhouse touch, complemented by a gable roof and a light colour palette that keeps the look fresh and modern.

The Leeuwin is on display on Portage Way, Geographe Bay. Opening hours are 2pm-5pm Mondays, 4pm-7pm Wednesdays, and 1pm-5pm Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

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