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However, for Peter and Maxine Story there was no discussion, question or debate on who would build their new dream home.
“Twenty years ago we built our first house with Hotondo Homes Horsham. While the builder was different back then, they left such a good impression there was no hesitation in building with them a second time,” Peter said.
“We chose them because they were a national builder with a good reputation and local knowledge. We wanted value.”
Peter and Maxine’s stunning home is a blend of two Hotondo Homes designs. Based on the beautiful three-bedroom Claremont 163 with a few extra touches, the couple were adamant they wanted to make the home their own.
“I have lived in a lot of homes previously, so I had a good idea of what I wanted,” Peter explains.
“Anthony (our sales person) had ideas too, and we worked together to bring them to life. Hotondo are very good at making adjustments to their floor plans, and were very accepting of the changes we wanted.”
The resulting home is the epitome of open-style living. Three spacious living areas are interconnected with the dining room and kitchen, creating an airy and open feel for the home. This was achieved by removing a wall from the front living room.
Other additions to the design included extending the second bedroom to include a walk-in-robe, a gas log fire, an extensive walk-in-pantry for the kitchen, extra storage space in the garage and even the inclusion of an entire storeroom to utilise all available space on the block.
“We chose them because they were a national builder with a good reputation and local knowledge. We wanted value.” – Peter Story
The home features gorgeous New South Wales spotted gum flooring combined with a light, natural colour scheme to ensure it retains a good resell value, and it is finished off with modern timber furniture.
“My favourite part of the home is the outdoor alfresco space,” Peter said.
“The second living area overlooks the alfresco, and with three stacker doors you can create an even larger entertainment space. We had awning blinds installed to prevent wind and dust getting in, meaning we have an all-year round outdoor living area.”
“The other great part of the home is the dining table – the way the home is designed you can sit at this beautiful table and see every single part of the home. It is amazing.”
Peter and Maxine chose to build the largest home they could on the smallest block of land they could find, in an effort to reduce garden maintenance. As Peter put it, even those who live the busiest of lives could “live in this home comfortably”.
Although their children Sam, 29, and Caitlin, 26, have both moved out, Peter and Maxine still share their expansive home with West Highland White Terriers Angus and Barney. The couple now have more than enough room for family gatherings and the occasional party, with Peter’s dartboard still having a place of pride in their alfresco.
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Leaving such an outstanding impression that a couple chose to build with the same builder 20 years after their first build is a testament to the dedication and commitment the team at Hotondo Homes Horsham have.
Peter and Maxine’s dream home is a masterpiece built through the teamwork and collaboration of themselves and Hotondo Homes. Their input into the design and the ability to watch their ideas and dreams come to life make it all the more sweeter for them to enjoy their beautiful new home.
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As an eight-year-old, she had already started earning pocket money doing chores around her mother’s house to save for her very own home. Then at 16 years old as she passed Hotondo Homes in Horsham, Stephanie made the decision to go inside.
“I always knew I wanted to build my home, and instead of dismissing me because I was so young, Hotondo Homes gave me the time of day,” Stephanie said.
“They were very welcoming and spoke to me for nearly an hour giving me tips.”
After this experience it was never in doubt who Stephanie would trust to build her dream home. At just 23 years old, she is now the proud owner of her new modified Alpine 178 home.
Featuring four bedrooms, two bathrooms and open-plan living, the Alpine 178 is a design that maximises everyday living.
The master bedroom is secluded at the front of the home for privacy, and includes a massive walk-in-robe and ensuite. The remaining bedrooms are located in a separate wing, while the outdoor alfresco area is easily accessible via the kitchen and dining area, making it ideal for entertaining.
“I always knew I wanted to build my home, and instead of dismissing me because I was so young, Hotondo Homes gave me the time of day.” – Stephanie Winfield
Stephanie also made a few modifications with help from New Homes Sales Consultant Anthony Crute to suit her needs, including changing the bricks, tiles and appliances.
“Anthony was very good at working within my budget, even though I upgraded and changed a few things,” Stephanie said.
“Whenever I had questions or needed a quote on something, Anthony would answer me very quickly, and since I was a first home owner, there were a lot of them.”
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Of particular use for Stephanie was information for first home buyers, finance advice and building for a profitable resell. She admitted at times it was a tough process doing it alone, but Anthony and the Hotondo Homes team helped her through.
“Even though it was tough, I would do it all again in a heartbeat,” Stephanie said.
“Anthony understood that I wanted this as my forever home, and bent over backwards for me.”
“When you are building a home that is what you want.”
The outcome of the home is nothing less than spectacular. From the beautiful brickwork to the clean lines and white colours of the kitchen, the home is the picture of modern design.