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IS THIS YOUR FOREVER HOME?

16 January 2018

When it comes to spacious single-storeys, the Modena has it all. Big, stylish and modern, this is a home your family won’t outgrow in a hurry.

Designed to suit those slightly wider blocks, the Modena takes inspiration from several of our bestsellers and incorporates many of the features you tell us are ‘must-haves’ in your new home.

Cue the spacious living areas and big bedrooms, along with all those extra touches such as high ceilings, great storage, a deluxe ensuite, contemporary street appeal, and a strong connection between indoors and outdoors.

Ideal for growing families, the Modena boasts several multi-purpose spaces that can be customised. What’s more, all the bedrooms are a good size, which means no one misses out on having their own space.

For an insight into the design details, we caught up with Dave Clynk, our design manager, for a quick Q&A.

Just how awesome is the master suite?

“Pretty awesome. It’s an over-sized executive-style master suite that includes plenty of space for a comfy sofa, as well as a dressing room and an open-plan ensuite with freestanding bath. A coffered ceiling, textured wall tiles in the bathroom, soft neutral colours and a double-sized vanity with wood-grain effect doors make this deluxe bedroom retreat feel extra special. We’ve effectively left out the wall between the bedroom and the bathroom, but it’s an easy change to add it back in again.”

What do you like best about the design of the kitchen?

“By using a traditional U-shaped layout, we’ve created a super-sized kitchen that extends into a scullery area and big walk-in pantry. Highlights include ample storage and bench space, a deep breakfast bar, and a veggie sink that is in addition to the double sink in the scullery area. Next to the fridge/freezer recess is an extra storage section with a tall wine rack, microwave recess and two super-deep pot drawers. The majority of the kitchen splashback is window, letting light pour into the room, and accentuating the connection to the alfresco and gardens.”

How have you achieved such a great flow throughout the house?

“Keeping passageways to a minimum has helped maximise living spaces, while maintaining the zoning that families typically look for. So often the kitchen is the focal point of a floor plan, but we’ve made the main living area the central hub, with the kitchen and games room flowing off this indoor/outdoor space.

“We’ve also made a point of building in plenty of flexibility so that you can customise the Modena to suit your own needs. The fourth bedroom could easily become a guest bedroom with its own bathroom, for example. The huge master suite could be adapted so that it opens out to its own outdoor space, and the three-way family bathroom could be changed to create even more space in the laundry.

“We’ve chosen to display a study off the entry hallway, but this could just as easily become a home theatre. The games room, which has been shown with a neat bar area, is a versatile multi-purpose space that families could also use as a kids’ activity room.”

Just how good is the indoor/outdoor design?

“We wrapped the kitchen, living area and games room around the alfresco and added a big bank of sliding doors to create a large indoor/outdoor space. The result is that easy indoor/outdoor flow that our clients love. A servery window can easily be added to directly connect the kitchen to the alfresco, which could be extended to connect directly with the games room.”

What was the style inspiration?

“Outside, we’ve gone for a contemporary look with soft neutral colours that are quite timeless, so you don’t have to worry about the exterior dating. We’ve used two colours of render, and added features such as the deep porch, shingle-style roof tiles and aluminium louvres. This is a welcoming home that feels light, bright and spacious as soon as you step through the front door. The interiors have been designed to feel very restful and soothing; encouraging you to take a breath and relax.”

The floor plan has been designed to suit a 17m-wide block. Take a video tour or visit the display to see the Modena for yourself.

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