I FELT like reaching for the sunnies as I stepped inside this Naylor Street, Beaconsfield home, as spring sunlight spilled in from a dozen different directions to bounce off crisp white walls.
Stylish new homes have transformed this former light industrial area off Hampton Road into a modern, micro-housing estate.
And this near-new abode stands out as something special with its skillion roof, bold aqua/blue feature wall and the use of industrial steel to frame some of the windows.
On these chilly days, warming light spills in to the expansive open plan interior, but with a north-facing orientation, the blazing sun will be held at bay come summer. That’s helped along by double-glazing on the massive glass windows and doors of this commodious space.
Polished concrete is used to terrific effect throughout this three-bedroom/two-bathroom home, including the stairs to the second-level bedrooms, and the bedrooms themselves.
It’s even used for the window seating lining the walls of the living area. (Which very cleverly have in-set drawers).
Of course all that concrete adds to the thermal mass of the home. That means cool summers and warm winters without the need for the reverse cycle air condition on all but the most extreme weather days.
With an energy rating of 7.0 this lovely home is a balance between urban appeal and environmental heart, with solar passive design, energy-saving reversible fans, low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint on the walls and energy efficient appliances.
A royal blue tiled wall in the galley-style kitchen is a dramatic touch against the white of the many cupboards and drawers and sweep of white stone benchtops.
You step down into the living area, which opens onto a courtyard garden and an alfresco area protected by a skillion roof and high fences.
The garden is in its infancy, but with a bank of viburnum to form a hedge of sweet-smelling greenery it will look great in next to no time.
There’s no shortage of shops and cafes in walking distance of this home, and South Beach is just a kilometre away.
And when you and the dog get back there’s an outdoor shower to wash off the sand.
by JENNY D’ANGER
24 Naylor Street, Beaconsfield
0402 762 601
0403 246 377
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