As published in The Sunday Times HOME lift-out on 22/05/16
BY Lisa Shearon
Summit Homes set out to break the mould in Perth’s projects housing market when it designed the new Mod display.
The talented team of designers and builders worked tirelessly to create this our-bedroom, two bathroom show-stopper, which ha the look of an architecturally designed, luxury home-without the associated price tag.
“We wanted to take homes to the next level- literally- using the best of double-brick construction and modular techniques to create a home to revolutionise the WA market,” says Summit sales manager Peter Chellew. “The inspiration was to combine the best in hybrid construction methods to make it stand well apart from the rest.”
The Mod certainly stands out in Wandi’s Honeywood Estate. Clean, flat lines and the extensive use of glazing- including the feature windows around the roof line – make this home memorable. Inside, the 45-course-high ceilings on the living area boost the Mod’s visual appeal.
“Outside, the home looks like a modern, two-storey design but inside, because there is no low ceiling, the void creates an incredible sense of space and light,” Peter says.
“This is highlighted be the extensive use of glass on the front elevation and the feature windows that flood the area with light, plus the silicone joins in the entry to provide a seamless window view through to the outdoors.”
In the alfresco area, the 41-course-high ceiling enhances this sense of height and creates a seamless feel.
The clever zoning of the Mod is also hitting the mark with homebuyers, who love the fact that all of the entertainment zones are positioned towards the front of the home and the sleeping quarters are at the rear.
“It’s a great home for families with growing children as everyone can have their privacy,” Peter says. “When people feel like being together there are a number of areas where they can gather without feeling like they’re on top of each other.”
According to Peter, the Mod’s hybrid construction methods are the way of the future.
“This home simply could not have been built to the same height and level of excellence with traditional method alone,” he says.
“Using steel in addition to the double brick offers homebuyers so many benefits- not just in construction quality, but aesthetically. Building a wall with 45 courses of bricks is just no feasible. Using engineered steel-frame beams to sit on the bricks is a great way to achieve that height.”
The steel framing is manufactured at Summit’s Myaree headquarters and the delivered to site, so there are also savings in time and quality control as well, which is great news for homebuyers.