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Whether you think of them as upside down, topsy-turvy or reversed, homes that have the kitchen and living area upstairs are the perfect way to capture a premium view. Taking advantage of a spectacular ocean panorama in Port Coogee, the Horizon by Highbury Homes illustrates the benefits of a reverse living design.

As the name suggests, you can see for miles from the kitchen, balcony and voluminous living space with its raking ceilings and big windows. “We took the opportunity to showcase what we could do and show people how to take advantage of potential views they may have, whether it be of the ocean, river or valley,” says Heather Learie, marketing manager at Highbury Homes. “The raking ceilings give another dimension to the home while opening up the area giving the kitchen, living and dining rooms an airy and open sense of space.” Highbury’s first reverse-living display, the Horizon also has the master suite on the top floor, freeing up the ground floor for a kids zone with three double bedrooms, a home theatre, bathroom, laundry and supersized powder room. “A family with older children or early teens can entertain friends upstairs while the kids have their rooms and home theatre,” says Heather. To take pressure off weary legs, the Horizon has been displayed with an optional lift that takes the price tag to just over $700,000. Heather says more and more Highbury clients are looking at installing a lift in their new home, including a couple who built a three-storey residence. Other than the lift, it’s pretty much a case of “what you see is what you get” in the Horizon, including the bifolding servery windows between the kitchen and balcony, the bifolding doors from the living room to the balcony, and the double height tiled feature wall with its Jetmaster gas fire.

There are solid-surface benchtops, wide Omega appliances, a Metaline splashback and high-gloss cabinets in the kitchen, shadow line cornice, picture recesses, high ceilings, Elfa storage units in all the wardrobes and Modwood decking to the alfresco / courtyard and to the portico. In the ensuite off the master bedroom, the designers have created a large walk-in shower with a frameless glass screen that separates the shower from the oval spa bath that takes centrestage. Heather says visitors to a Highbury display like the fact that the features they see are included in the price. That said, the Horizon has been designed as more of a concept home rather than a straight forward display home to be replicated. Built on a 441sqm corner lot, it offers inspirational ideas for living and entertaining when views are the key design element. “At Highbury, we take people’s ideas and turn them into reality” Heather says “Our homes show people the quality we offer and different ideas, features, designs and layout” The builder also provides alternative elevations so that the buyers can customise the look of their new home from the outside, too. Addressing two street frontages, the display version of the Horizon features the strong lines of Scyon Matrix cladding teamed with a skillion roof and two-tone acrylic rendered walls.

The Sunday Times, Homes lift out, Sunday 7th May, Display Home of the week written by Paula Evans