THERE’S an element of surprise designed into this immaculate family home in Bell Post Hill.
The owners wanted a home that appears a normal, quality residence from the street, but provides a real wow factor when people step inside.
Well, Ling Architects’ Brian Ling has achieved the brief with this home at 3 Rita Court.
“When you look at it, it’s a beautiful house,” he owner said.
“But we wanted the wow factor once you walked in, for people to be fully surprised by the high ceilings.”
The owners, who after almost seven years are moving to an acreage property, spared no expense in the creation of this home.
“We wanted the house to be comfortable at all times, so we decided to put hydronic slab heating to keep the house at 21 degrees at all times.
“We went a bit overboard, then we’ve got gas ducted heating and gas log heating.
“If it’s really chilly mornings you could turn the gas log heater on to heat up a room quickly.”
Refrigerated cooling is through two units, that can cool the front and rear sections of the home independently, great when not everyone is home.
The owner said the centre of the home is what brings everyone together.
“The kids are at the back and we’re at the front but we always meet in the centre. That’s where we lounge, where we eat, where we sit and have our family meetings around the island bench.
“When it’s summer, we sit outside and have the waterfall feature going. It’s totally covered outside, it’s really ambient.”
The main bedroom suite and home office are at the front of the house, with three more bedrooms, bathroom, laundry and home theatre at the rear.
In the middle, the natural tone of the statement fireplace is matched with the island bench in the kitchen. It’s a showpiece delivered by Scott’s Country Look Kitchens using Blum soft-close joinery, Caesarstone benches and Siemens appliances, including two ovens, a steam oven and microwave.
There’s Italian fittings, tiles and tapware.
Harcourts, North Geelong agent Joe Grgic has listed the four-bedroom house with $1.24m to $1.34m price hopes, which is on track to break the suburb’s house price record.
Mr Grgic said everyone who’s walked inside has been blown away.
“It’s got an amazing feel but you step into that living area and you’ve got virtually a 5m ceiling with highlight windows. It’s just spectacular.”
The design includes shadow line architraves, LED lights, while other elements of pizzazz include the hot and cold zip taps, he explains.
“The tapware, the kitchen sink when you have the cold water running has a blue light, when you turn it to hot, it changes and comes out red. The fittings are cutting edge.
“It’s not only that exceptional architectural home, but it is still very comfortable for a family.
“The bedrooms are generous and there’s an office and you can enjoy it.”
It’s all designed to be extremely low maintenance.
The position is ideal, walking distance to Kardinia International College and around the corner from the Geelong Ring Road.
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