HOUSE OF THE WEEK: Fast build created a home for good | photos

It is a house built in record time, designed to last a lifetime.

Pictures by Murray McKean

Pictures by Murray McKean

With a baby on the way, Matt and Bec Sharpe built their Bolwarra Heights home in just three months.

The motivation to move out of the on-site shed that they temporarily called home, and a desire to start family life in their new residence, spurred the project on.

They moved in to the Lang Drive house two weeks before daughter Ella was born in February.

That coupled with Matt’s professional knowledge - he is a director of Hunter-based property investment, development and construction company Mavid Group - helped them meet the tight deadline.

“The normal build of that sort of style of house is eight to 10 months and we did it in three months,” Matt says.

He and Bec are now enjoying the rural lifestyle of the location on which they built the stunning four-bedroom home.

The Sharpes purchased property originally intending to create a seven-lot subdivision, but soon found they wanted a bigger slice of the location.

“We fell in love with the block and wanted to keep more land,” Matt says.

“A lot of it was the lifestyle. It’s a rural atmosphere … close to town.”

The Sharpes created four lots instead, keeping a one-hectare property on which to build their home.

Making the house an inviting place that created an impression, with room for a growing family, were key considerations.

“We wanted to create a space where you walk in and it feels welcoming,” Bec says.

The kitchen, dining and living space, with an adjoining outdoor entertaining area, is the heart of the home.

A two-way stone fireplace (situated between the casual and formal living rooms), stacker doors and raked ceilings add to the “wow factor” Matt and Bec wanted to create.

The kitchen, with a Caesarstone-topped island bench and pendant lights (more of which are featured above the dining table), has an oven, gas cooktop and double sink, while the butler’s pantry houses other appliances, such as the fridge, and features a built-in custom-made wine rack.

All the rooms are spacious, with lots of added luxuries.

Matt says the bedrooms are large, the smallest measuring four metres by four metres, compared with a standard size of 2.5 metres by three metres.

The master bedroom is about nine metres by five metres and even the shower in the ensuite is big, measuring 2.5 metres by 1.2 metres and featuring three shower heads - one either side of the recess and one in the middle.

“We just needed to make sure we were going to get wet when we were in there,” Matt says.

“It’s probably a bit of overkill.

“It’s a bit of a novelty.”

The walk-in wardrobe is one of Bec’s favourite features, complete with custom joinery, his and her’s spaces and LED lighting to illuminate the clothes on entry to the wardrobe.

“I joked to Matt that all I need in there is a fridge and I’d never leave,” Bec says.

She loves the Caesarstone walls in the ensuite, main bathroom and powder room too.

The home also includes: a study, featuring a custom-made bookshelf on one side and a custom desk for two users on the other; a media room that will become a rumpus area for the kids; and a laundry.

Brushbox timber flooring, underfloor heating, and iPad control of utilities such as the sound system, television, lighting and blinds, are other indoor highlights.

An impressive barbecue area, pool and fire pit are featured outdoors.

“In the summer time I’d say we’re going to spend so much time out there,” Matt says.

He also has a big “man shed” out back.

Matt says the house just “keeps giving”: whether it’s the floor-to-ceiling windows that provide picturesque views of the sunrise while he reads the paper; or the underfloor heating and heated towel rails that keep things cosy when he gets up about 5am for work. 

Bec says the place instantly felt like home, from the moment the build was complete.

“Kudos to Matt for putting up with me; I know I was a difficult client,” she laughs.

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