'More than a pretty facade': Builder adds functional touches to Strathnairn beauty

'More than a pretty facade': Builder adds functional touches to Strathnairn beauty

There’s a lot more to the home at 3 Berents Street, Strathnairn, than a stylish facade and beautiful design.

“The trap that architects and builders can fall into is they make these beautiful properties, but then when a family goes to live in it, it doesn’t really tick all the boxes," says Blackshaw Gungahlin sales consultant and auctioneer Thom Eriksson-Lake.


“But this builder and architect have really thought of everything that a family needs.

"Not just a visually captivating home, but a home that’s really functional for day-to-day living.”

Thom says the smart touches in architectural designer Kovarc Studio’s easy-living floorplan are apparent from the moment you walk in the front door.


Two corridors, one at the entrance and another near the standard bedrooms, are both lined with custom storage joinery for families wondering where to store their kids’ belongings.

Thom says one of the owners, who happens to be a builder himself, also makes use of the alternative entrance through the double garage, which includes more storage and a kitchenette and wash space.

“He often comes home on wintery days with his boots covered in mud, so he can come in to the garage and wash off all the mud before entering the house,” Thom explains.


The smart design continues throughout the four-bedroom home, which blurs indoor and outdoor living with extra high ceilings, large sliding doors and light-capturing feature windows.
At the heart of the home are the family and living rooms with even higher 3.6m ceilings, hickory flooring and highlight windows featuring sheers and automatic dual roller blinds.

The living room can be closed off from the adjoining family, dining and kitchen area to create an instant children’s playroom or teenager’s retreat.


“The owners have a toddler and they use this space as a breakout room, so when he has his little playmates over they can go in there and it’s close enough for parents to keep watch but it’s got that segregation as well,” Thom says.

Adjacent to the open-plan family and dining area is the kitchen, which features a 40mm quartz island bench with built-in breakfast bar, butler’s pantry and integrated modern appliances.

Only a few steps away is a timber-panelled alfresco area with in-built Sonos speakers and a large-screen TV, which Thom suggests is “ideal for having a grand final party for the footy”.


Throw in an integrated outdoor kitchen with a Beefmaster barbecue, plumbed sink, fridge and ceiling fan and the hassle of running between the kitchen and your guests is taken away.

On the other side of the home lies the master suite with a walk-in robe, sheers and dual roller blinds, and an ensuite featuring a semi-frameless shower and dual vanity basins.

The three remaining bedrooms, all with built-in robes and dual roller blinds, are positioned near the main bathroom and diagonally opposite the private master suite.


Ducted whole-home reverse-cycle heating and cooling with zoning capacity, combined with double-glazed windows, also keeps the bedrooms toasty during winter.

Extra smart design goodies include even more storage in the laundry and an in-roof loft, a six-star energy efficiency rating and solar and security systems.

Thom says the family-friendly Belconnen district is the cherry on top, with the home just moments away from parkland and the Magpies Golf Club.

“We have been inundated with buyer enquiries,” he says.

“People are really attracted to the style, the floorplan and the really family-friendly location.”

3 Berents Street in Strathnairn goes to auction on at 12 noon on Saturday 5 August 2023.

View the full listing.

Article originally written and published by The Riotact.

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