If you’re looking for a jumbo-sized family home with a long list of lifestyle features, The Diva by Highbury Homes might just fit the bill. With a library, a home theatre, a workshop, a bar, a computer nook and a large outdoor entertaining area, this Baldivis display has the space in which to indulge a range of activities and interests. At 445sqm, it’s a big home arranged over two levels, with the master suite downstairs leading out to the alfresco, and three good-sized kids’ bedrooms upstairs, each with its own walk-in wardrobe. Heather Learie, marketing manager at Highbury Homes, says it’s a layout that works for many families.

“A big positive is that the bedrooms give everyone privacy, with the main bedroom at the back of the ground floor and the three minor bedrooms upstairs surrounding a spacious sitting room and study nook,” she says. Young adults living at home get the space and sense of independence they crave, while their parents can enjoy spacious single-storey living downstairs. “Many people comment on the volume and floor space in the open-plan living zone and on the seamless connection to the large alfresco,” Heather says. “They are also impressed with the kitchen that overlooks these areas, while the amount of benchspace and storage is always a winner.” With wide stainless-steel cooking appliances, two appliance cupboards, stone benchtops, a glass splashback, a giant walk-in pantry and a display cabinet facing the dining room, the kitchen provides the mix of function and style that buyers look for.

Placing the laundry off the kitchen and adding a door directly from the laundry to the garage and workshop has kept hardworking utility areas together. Extra-high ceilings in the key living areas are complemented by extra high double doors leading from eh hallway into the main living area, while large expanses of glass accentuate the sense of height and space. Sliding doors connect the everyday areas to the large L-shaped alfresco, which has ample room for a dining setting as well as a couple of comfy outdoor sofas. In the home theatre, a platform provides for a cinema-style seating and the steps are illuminated by the rope lighting. An integrated bar makes for easy entertaining. For quiet time away from the busyness of family life, the Highbury designers have added a library overlooking the veranda, which wraps around the front of the house. “The library is a real bonus that can be used for some ‘time out’ by the parents,” Heather says. “It’s a great room where you can sit back and relax.” The master suite has been placed at the back of the home and has a sliding door to the alfresco-a touch of resort-inspired styling. The master suite is both spacious and stylish, with two walk-in wardrobes and an ensuite with spa bath, large shower recess and two semi-recessed vanity basins. A strong elevation mixes classic and contemporary elements and makes a feature of the balcony leading off the upstairs sitting room. Highbury also has a selection of optional elevations for buyers looking for either an edgier look or a more traditional style.

The Sunday Times, Homes lift out, Sunday 8th July 2012, build under $600,000 written by Paula Evans