My partner and I spent our Saturday looking around show homes, with the design of our new home taking formation.
It was so fun to see different options ‘in real life’, like kitchen configurations, upstairs retreat options, staircase designs, lighting effects and more! If you’re also a show home lover, or are planning on building your own home, today’s post will be a helpful one for you!
My friends over at Metricon have just released their latest design: the Hampshire 54. Its focus is on space, functionality and new age living, and it’s actually the first new display home that Metricon have opened in Melbourne’s inner urban area in 2018. The Hampshire 54 is offered as part of the Designer by Metricon range with the newly opened display home at 24 Bulla Road, Essendon, showcasing the Empire facade.
First up, how incredible is the sheer size of that master suite?!! Just quietly, the walk in robe looks bigger than our current bedroom! I also love seeing the open butler’s pantry – without the normal door or nib wall to seperate it – something that my partner and I are going back and forth between as we lock in the design for the kitchen in our new home. It makes for a seemingly endless preparation bench area. PLUS, each bedroom has its own ensuite (talk about luxury!!). But enough from me: let’s hear from Metricon’s Design Manager Ricky D’Alesio to find out more about the latest creation from the Metricon team…
What was the source of inspiration behind this home, its look and layout?
The essence of the Hampshire 54 is opulence and luxury hotel-style living. The layout is all about generosity of space, the large number of bedrooms and living spaces, but the fact that each and every one feels spacious and deluxe. The design aesthetic of the home inside and out is elegant, lavish and timeless. Rich tones are used harmoniously to create a grand style that will exceed all trends.
What was the reasoning behind having two separate outdoor rooms?
Australians love the outdoors – Metricon designs try and capture this element. The family and dining rooms both open to outdoor rooms.
Natural light is so important to the liveability of a home and we have ensured that the living and dining spaces are flooded with light by having the two access points and it also means the connection to outdoors is really seamless from both living zones.
One outdoor room is a fantastic outdoor kitchen and dining zone, the second is a lounge area, giving the space fantastic entertaining scope.
What was the design aim with the main bedroom and how has this been effectively achieved?
The opulent master suite located at the front of the second floor enjoys two huge dressing room style walk-in-robes and a lavish ensuite that is really quite spectacular. This Master bedroom spans the entire width of the home and was designed to be more than a place to sleep, but a true sanctuary to retreat and unwind.
Tell me about the feature wall design in the bedroom and what it brings to the space?
Metricon’s Design Manager, Ricky D’Alesio said that, “We have used moulded timber wall panels in the main bedroom space to provide a textural, yet classic, point of difference for a feature wall behind the bed. It forms a fabulous backdrop for the vivid art that is hung within one panel, creating a dramatic focal point in a large space. We saw a lot of this in recent trips to Europe and used this as our inspiration for this effect.
What are some design elements that have been incorporated to give the living spaces definition, identity, character, warmth?
Our intention was to create a living space that incorporated some drama and would provide a cosy place to retreat.
Most living zones commonly allow for a TV, with today’s fast past lifestyle, we believe this is a need for spaces to allow quiet time and reflection, the mood and ambience in this living room creates just that.
The dark painted walls and ceiling, mood lighting and cosy fireplace helps evoke this.
Tell me about the design of the ensuites and some of the finishes and features that give them high-end appeal?
The extensive use of dark marble in the ensuite ensures that this space oozes sophistication and grandeur. Dark is the new white, there is most definitely a trends towards darker high-end finishes and fixtures. The sheer curtains and free standing bath also add to the wow factor of this space.
What are some of the eye-catching features of the kitchen?
Metricon’s Design Manager, Ricky D’Alesio said that, “A contemporary and stylish look that will remain timeless has been achieved with the kitchen in the Hampshire. The dark textured timbers, contrasted with the fresh cream of the floor tiles, is further enhanced with bold dark stone that ensures a luxurious feel in the space. The joinery has been designed without visible handles, ensuring a clean minimalist look.”
What feature do you love most in the kitchen?
The kitchen provides a true smorgasbord of standout features. From the oversized island bench and extensive cabinetry, all expertly lit with strip lighting and the window splash back. Appliances include twin ovens and an induction cooktop and in the Butler’s pantry there is an integrated dishwasher and gas cooktop.
Why have you opted to include a guest-bedroom suite on the ground floor?
It’s a trend that’s been going on for a while and has percolated to a range of price points. Buyers are future proofing their home for when they are no longer willing to walk upstairs to go to bed, unless they’re young buyers, third or fourth home buyers are thinking, ‘I don’t want to be climbing up stairs in 15 years, so are demanding a ground floor master suite option. This design feature is also driven by the trend toward ‘multigenerational living’.
There are huge benefits to having several generations living under one roof and for ensuring you can do so with optimal comfort and convenience.
Even if a family does not live with their grandparents, buyers will often have them visit regularly, and are attracted to making their stay comfortable.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the stunning Metricon Hampshire 54 below…
Images supplied by and copyright to Metricon 2018