Step out of the ordinary and into Sarah Homes’ Pavilion 140 design

Whenever I bring up buying my first house, my parents always mention how affordable it is to build.

While I agree, there’s still a part of me that wants my first home to be a one-off and appeal to my love for mid-century architecture – incorporating large windows, raked ceilings and a reserved street appeal.

In terms of building a first home, it’s a lot to ask – especially given I’ll need a large budget to bring that dream to reality. However, visiting Sarah Homes’ Pavilion 140 design made me realise it might not be such a far-fetched dream.

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Located at the Pooraka display village, the four-bedroom, two-bathroom design offers an unusual yet striking layout. Split into two pods, the home effortlessly separates the living and sleeping areas and provides 236sqm total size.

While the design itself isn’t inherently mid-century, it does offer sharp lines, raked ceilings and a seamless integration of indoor and outdoor spaces – features that make mid-century homes so outstanding.

Best suited to a traditional sized allotment, sitting at 19.6m wide and 11.9m deep, the Pavilion 140 would easily look at home in a coastal, rural or suburban setting.

Sarah Homes’ Helen Lowrie says while the design used to predominantly attract holiday home buyers, it has become a popular option as a permanent residence for many buyers as well.

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Home & Life Magazine, Sarah Homes Pavilion 140 on display at Pooraka. Pic: Nick Clayton.

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Home & Life Magazine, Sarah Homes Pavilion 140 on display at Pooraka. Pic: Nick Clayton.

“We are seeing more and more of our customers buying our designs as permanent homes,” she says. “The relaxed, light-filled spaces of our designs help our customers feel like they are on holiday everyday.”

And this is how I felt the moment I stepped onto the decking and walked into the first pod, which contains the main living areas. As you open the sliding doors, the first thing you notice is how inviting and relaxing the space is.

“Featuring warm wood floors and neutral tones, the Pavilion 140’s interior style is designed to feel calm and uncluttered,” Helen says.

“The separation of living space from the sleeping pavilion makes this a great home for entertainers.”

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Home & Life Magazine, Sarah Homes Pavilion 140 on display at Pooraka. Pic: Nick Clayton.

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Although I don’t often entertain at home, it’s hard to not imagine playing host in this design.

The kitchen is nothing short of an entertainer’s dream with ample benchspace on the island and bench behind it, a wall of storage and a step-in pantry, plus there’s a handy breakfast bar that can seat four people.

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The dining area and lounge effortlessly take up the rest of the large living pod space, flowing out through multiple sets of sliding doors to the spacious deck.

While the wraparound deck offers endless entertaining potential and works to connect the two pods, it is great to see the Pooraka display showcase how it can be integrated with any allotment. The issue of an existing tree on site was no longer an issue, as the deck seamlessly works around it – creating a statement that immediately draws your gaze.

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Home & Life Magazine, Sarah Homes Pavilion 140 on display at Pooraka. Pic: Nick Clayton.

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Home & Life Magazine, Sarah Homes Pavilion 140 on display at Pooraka. Pic: Nick Clayton.

It’s this attention to detail that makes the Pavilion 140 such a stand out. As a first homebuyer, I don’t expect to have luxurious features and finishes at my fingertips and yet, I was genuinely impressed by what was on offer.

As I walked through the dining and living area, I found myself leaning down to touch the floors to see whether they were hardwood – instead it’s a clever cost-saving timber-look floating floor that feels and sounds like real timber.

Similarly, the kitchen benchtops have the appeal of solid stone but are a much more affordable Laminex option – a big tick of approval in my book.

Heading into the second pod, which is the sleeping and utility quarters, a neat tiled foyer greets you before a lush chocolate brown carpet runs throughout the space. Although I used to overlook these kinds of features, the tiled foyer is another tick of approval – ensuring dirty shoes stay away from the luxurious-feel carpets.

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Home & Life Magazine, Sarah Homes Pavilion 140 on display at Pooraka. Pic: Nick Clayton.

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Home & Life Magazine, Sarah Homes Pavilion 140 on display at Pooraka. Pic: Nick Clayton.

The master suite is set towards the back of the pod and features a large built-in wardrobe and a contemporary ensuite, complete with a stylish subway-tiled feature wall in the double shower. Sliding doors open to a private deck, ideal for a morning coffee when the weather is warm.

The remaining three bedrooms are similar in size and have narrow, tall windows in each allowing natural light to flood in. The central bathroom can be found opposite, and it features a handy bath and shower room, a separate vanity and a separate toilet.

The fourth bedroom has been shown as a study in the Pooraka display, giving added flexibility that’s always appreciated in a home.

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Home & Life Magazine, Sarah Homes Pavilion 140 on display at Pooraka. Pic: Nick Clayton.

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Home & Life Magazine, Sarah Homes Pavilion 140 on display at Pooraka. Pic: Nick Clayton.

Although I considered this design as a potential option for first homebuyers, Helen says it often attracts families due to the flexibility on offer.

“The two separate buildings allow our customers to configure the home to suit their allotment and to maximise any views and natural light,” she says.

“You could also introduce additional pods in the future, depending on the available space of your block. Our new home consultants can work with you to custom design a solution to fit your needs.”

Priced from $103,700, Helen says the Pavilion 140 display showcases “a mix of the standard specification with some feature upgrades” and has plenty of optional facade choices to suit your style and your block’s location.

In terms of first home builds, Sarah Homes’ Pavilion 140 doesn’t just promise to provide an affordable design, it refreshingly challenges the norm for buyers looking for that defining edge.

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Watch out: curves ahead!

Joanne Kantzipas and husband Kirk were determined to renovate their Ivanhoe East home in a tasteful fashion that made way for the new without removing all traces of the old.

In particular, they were keen to keep the charming traditional facade of their triple-fronted, post-war, brick-veneer home.

“We didn’t even consider rendering the exterior of the home. We like the way it looks,” Ms Kantzipas said. “The house hadn’t been touched, which is what we loved about it.”

The couple bought the double-storey home in 2011 and set about renovating it in 2018 before moving back in, just in time for Christmas.

“We tried to make it modern inside, while maintaining the integrity of the home,” Ms Kantzipas explained. “We didn’t want to just turn it into a modern box.”

Past and present

With the help of Pleysier Perkins Architects, the couple has updated the home for themselves and their two teenage boys with a wholesale but respectful renovation.

“The family asked for a thoughtful and modern intervention to inject the house with another lease of life,” Pleysier Perkins Architects studio director Berit Barton said.

“They were also keen to work with the existing features, such as the uniquely textured handmade bricks, the ornamental wrought-iron railings and some Art Deco-inspired interior elements.”

On the upper level, the three bedrooms were kept, but the old kitchen was demolished to make way for a new main bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite.

Ms Barton said a parents’ retreat was also created.

“It was not a must, but it was a bonus, and we achieved it by adding a second lounge that connects to the new master bedroom via a new roof deck,” she said.

The roof deck was created out of an existing balcony, which was updated with timber flooring and is destined to become a lush roof garden for Mr Kantzipas to exercise his green thumb.

Knock on wood

A large, modern timber pivot door was added to the front of the home. In fact, timber has been used liberally throughout.

We love the warmth and feel that the natural timber provides to the house,” Ms Kantzipas said. “It blends really well with the other stone surfaces while maintaining a natural aesthetic, which we were going for.”

Occasional splashes of colour provide colourful focal points, such as the main bedroom’s blue carpet, which was the brainchild of Pleysier Perkins interior designer Georgie Marks and has proved an unexpected delight.

“She managed to convince us to go with it,” Ms Kantzipas said. “Everything different that she recommended we went with and we love.”

Whole new look

Originally, the lower level consisted of a rumpus room and a small room that was not quite a study and not quite a bedroom. But this level has been significantly altered.

“We changed the floorplan a lot because it wasn’t very workable,” Ms Kantzipas explained.

This level was extended and now has a study, laundry, third bathroom and spectacular open-plan kitchen, meals and living area that is bathed in sunlight from a large skylight and flows to an outdoor terrace and garden.

Curved walls and shapes are a real feature of the home, in a nod to the Art Deco style that remained popular post-war.

The ensuite has a curved shower, and the balustrade’s eye-catching partition curves like a slide. Most spectacularly, though, a curved timber wall adds drama to the new open-plan living hub.

Ms Kantzipas said behind the wall was the butler’s pantry, “a very good-sized workable area”.

“It has plenty of cupboard space, a double sink and a dishwasher. It’s a great place to get messy.”

Like a charm

Original features can be spotted here and there in the home.

An Art Deco-style fireplace in the upper-level living room has been kept, the hearth painted black to tie in with the home’s dark palette. And two of the original exterior lights add charm to the facade.

“Even though they are not working, we’ve kept them because they were part of the original house,” Ms Kantzipas said.

The back garden has also been overhauled. A gorgeous old maple tree was retained, and crazy paving and landscaped beds added. A lap pool now graces one side of the garden.

“We wanted the lap pool to be as long as possible so that we could get the full benefit of the deep block,” Ms Kantzipas explained. “The trees will grow up around it and it will be like an oasis of green, and when you’re swimming, you’ll be surrounded by foliage.”

Postscript with Joanne Kantzipas

What first attracted you to the home?

The style of the home and the big rooms. Plus, all that potential.

The room you love the most?

I love my bedroom because I relax and read there and I love the tones and textures. It feels like my space.

Best renovation decision?

To maintain as much of the original house as possible.

Favourite piece of furniture?

I love my bed. It was custom designed and made. We have also bought a new Tempur mattress, which is very different but grows on you.

Best party you’ve had here?

My husband’s 50th birthday. There was a DJ, everyone was outside and the lighting was fabulous.

Favourite kitchen appliance?

I would say the ovens — in particular, the steam oven. People think they’re just there to steam, but they do so much more.

Best time of day in your home?

Around midday, when the sun comes over the skylight and lets a lot of light into our south-facing home. I often turn my plants around to make sure they get enough light.

Next purchase for the home?

More artwork to add some colour and to ensure the home does not look bland.

What does home mean to you?

It means being comfortable and growing with the family over the years as we move through different stages of our lives.

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