Big things come in small packages…

Thought your section was too small to build your dream home? Landmark Home’s Whakatane show home could change your mind.

Whakatane’s show home is a smart example of how a limited space can be used to create a spacious, stylish home with everything a family could need.

New Homes Consultant Sam Wright said the Shaw Rd property turned out to be smaller – and narrower – than the original design was touted.

Constraints aside, the finished home is very much a Landmark. A few alterations to the design had the new home sitting pretty – but still a roomy 200sqm.

Sam said they found ways to work with the constraints of the site and still meet the budget. The front of the home features the distinctive low monopitch roof, while the rear has been linked up to a gable roof.

The alcove along the side of the house is particularly special. Pull down the blinds and you’ve got a separate outdoor room: perfect for summer barbecues or even winter stargazing. There’s even a skylight to let the light in.

“It’s quite cunningly tucked away down the side there, which is actually better, because it makes it feel like part of your house and not just an outdoor area. It feels like a separate room,” says Sam.

It’s the interior that gets people excited. We had to come up with a few innovative small house design ideas, so the kitchen and dining area were cleverly linked by placing the outdoor area on one side and the dining area on the other. Turning the kitchen around by 90 degrees has created perfect indoor-outdoor flow. Corner sliding doors off the kitchen make entertaining a breeze.

“It’s quite different from anything else like that, and visitors to the showhome have all commented on the layout. It seems to be very popular,” Sam says.

The raked ceiling in the living room creates extra volume, while the kitchen has been ‘stepped in’ to change the roof height; another clever design strategy. “It makes kitchen feel like its own designated area, rather than being part of the living room-dining room combo,” he says. “It also makes the whole room much larger and more luxurious with the extra height.”

The eaves keep that hot Western sun out of the kitchen in the afternoon while still allowing in plenty of light.

Socialising isn’t a problem here. With room for up to five people and an “extra-long” island, the kitchen is ideal for multitasking.

But there’s something even better: a secret scullery.

“I like to hide things; add in a bit of a ‘wow’ factor,” says Sam.

The door to the scullery is made of kitchen panels, so there are no handles. Push down on the left-hand side of the panel and the door suddenly opens into an impressively large scullery. It’s equipped with plenty of open shelving, bench space, and lots of plugs for kitchen appliances.

Sam says the home is hugely adaptable for any lifestyle. With four spacious bedrooms, it’s the perfect family home. Each of the bedrooms have plenty of space for any age or stage. The master bedroom is completed by an ensuite with honeycomb tiles.

The addition of an office makes it great for those who work from home, and the functional single-story layout would suit retired couples, too. And, with sections getting smaller and prices getting higher, designs like this are a hit with first-home buyers.

Although smaller, this lovely showhome certainly hasn’t cramped the Landmark Homes style.

Want to check out the stunning Whakatane showhome yourself? Call Landmark Homes Whakatane!

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