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6 tips for modern country style

16 April 2018

If barn doors, rustic hanging lights and raking ceilings sound like your kind of design style, then prepared to be inspired by the Augusta.

But wait! This new display home isn’t your classic country-style showcase demanding acreage and a pony.

Quite the opposite.

The Augusta caters for today’s urban family. A big, comfortable home the kids will love growing up in, the Augusta is just as comfortable on a modern suburban block as it is tucked away in a rural setting.


Because we’ve heard many of you are looking for a contemporary take on the rural retreats we all know and love.

With this is mind, we took country comfort and made it modern.

Here’s how:

1. Style and space: We given the Augusta the warmth and character of a country retreat, but combined it with all the sleek open-plan spaces and contemporary features that modern living demands.

2. Volume: Raking ceilings are the hallmark of many rural-style properties and the Augusta is no exception, with high raking ceilings running the length of the open-plan living area and out to the alfresco. Combined with the highlight windows, the ceilings accentuate the open-plan layout and easy flow from indoors to outdoors. A deep bulkhead helps define the kitchen, which features a long island bench and plenty of storage and workspace.

3. Flow: The kitchen cabinetry has been extended into the dining space. It’s a modern and practical touch that helps integrate the two spaces.

4. Statement pieces: A barn door leads through to the rear master suite that opens up to the gardens. The master suite has been designed as a relaxing retreat with a large ensuite complete with twin vanities and a freestanding bath, and a big walk-in wardrobe. Another barn door leads into the theatre room, just off the main living space.

5. Zoning: The minor bedrooms and second bathroom have been grouped together at the front of the home along with an activity area adjoining the entry hallway. Displayed as a study zone for two, the activity area is a flexible space that has been neatly concealed from the hallway without sacrificing any sense of flow or openness.

6. Street appeal: The Augusta’s front elevation gives a great first impression, with charcoal Accoya cladding teamed with clean lines, a wrap-around verandah, white render and a dark grey Colorbond roof. The timber cladding is understated, yet adds warmth and texture.

Delivering 300sqm of accommodation on a 15m-wide lot, the Augusta is ideal for families looking for a big home that will suit them for the long haul.

As with all Plunkett designs, the floor plan can be customised to suit, or you can use it as your starting point by taking advantage of our free home design service.

Take a video tour or visit the display to see the Augusta for yourself.

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