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Gemma Neisbet - The Weekend West New HOME magazine
APG Homes has recently completed a review of all of the home designs in its single-storey boutique range, and updated them where required to reflect homebuyers’ wants and needs.
“The review of our single-storey boutique range was prompted by a sense that the expectation of our customers were changing,” APG marketing manager Matthew Dragun explained. “This included their expectations of mandatory design and specification inclusions. This sense came from basically keeping our fingers on the pulse, from the feedback we were getting from our clients via our display homes and our sales team.”
The comprehensive review process began with identifying the must-have design features and specification for single-storey homes, based on customer feedback. “We hen reviewed each individual home in the range to ensure the essential design elements were included in the floor plan of each designs and that we had to designs to suit all block types,” Mr Dragun said.
“Following this, we updated the standard specifications for the entire range to include stone bench tops with under mounted sinks, sliding doors to robes of all minor bedrooms and mitred tiling as standard. “And finally we spent considerable time on reworking the elevations of the home designs to deliver a new level of street presence.”
As a result of the process, Mr Dragun said the range of flexible single-storey designs now ticked all the boxes in terms of design, inclusions and street appeal. “Our customers can now choose from the new boutique range that, as standard, features the very latest in single-storey design trends, stunning elevation and superior levels of specifications,” he said. “this , combined with the flexibility to modify any of our designs, plus the quality of construction for which APG is renowned, means our customers can now get any APG single-storey home without any compromises.”
Paula Evans - Sunday Times HOME magazine
The award winning Aspen by APG is a versatile home tailor- made for families who want ample room to spread out in. Beating a tough field of contenders to win the title of display home of the year in its category in the Maters builders Bank west Housing Excellence Awards, this smart single-storey shows what can be achieved when space is reallocated.
On display in Landsdale, the home features a huge multipurpose room, in lieu of both a media room an activity room, and a bigger than average kitchen and living area. Matthew Dragun, marketing manager and APG, says the builder may be bucking the trend but it’s a design concept that offers great flexibility. Buyers can choose how they use the multipurpose room rather than being limited by two smaller dedicated spaces.
“The activity in the Aspen is much bigger than a standard activity room. The other trade-off is that you also get a much bigger kitchen and living area.” Matthew says. “You never feel confined anywhere in this home. There’s always that feeling of space and openness.” Part of the kids’ wing, but close to the everyday living area the multi-purpose room would make a perfect chill-out zone, TV lounge, playroom or teenagers retreat.
“It creates a sense of family and interaction,” Matthew says. Instead of a dedicated study that can gobble up space, APG has designed a computer nook featuring a slim glass panel. Sitting just off the dining room, it showcases practical built-in office furniture.
The living area features high ceilings, big windows and stacker doors to the alfresco, and flow on effortlessly from the sleek kitchen where the cabinets have been kept free of handles and the fridge/freezer has been neatly intergrated.
Using a mix of light-coloured CaesarStone and timer-effect laminated, the designers have included a large table-style breakfast bar that enhances the aspens open plan styling.
Built in furniture is also highlighted in the master suite where an optional dressing table has been set into a recess adjourning the ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, creating a designated dressing area. A Perspex panel and plenty of light from the bathroom ensure the space feels bright and airy.
Angie Tomlinson - The Weekend West, New Homes Magazine
Style and sophistication come to the fore in APG Homes' Emporio design made up of sleek lines and timber features naturally lit and careful use of glazing. "This is at the top end of homes and very much an executive style. We have designed a contemporary home were clean lines are key and a focus is on creating spacious interiors," APG Marketing manager Matt Dragun said. "the glazing, full-length mirrors in the bathrooms, open-plan living and the flow through to the outdoor space create the spacious interiors," he said.
The front elevation of the home is striking, with glazing, straight roof and vertical lines broken up by vertical timber feature cladding on the balcony. A sense of space is evident upon entry room, currently set up as a living and study area, separated from the vast open-plan living area by a room divider of timber and plaster.
The downstairs living area is undoubtedly the feature of the home with the contemporary kitchen overlooking the living and dinning areas and through vast expanses of glass to the landscaped alfresco area. The spacious kitchen includes a large island bench with inset stainless-steel sink and stone bench-tops. Practicality is not left behind with plentiful drawers worked into the design.
Stacking slider doors abutted by a wall of glazing lead into the alfresco area sheltered by a feature raked roof line and serviced by an outdoor kitchen. A cascading water feature from one end of the outdoor and down the side of the dining area creates a sense of serenity. A forth bedroom with an aspect to the front courtyard has been built into the downstairs floor space fro private guest quarters.
The downstairs bedroom is serviced by its own ensuite and built-in robes. A light-filled staircase, thanks to a glass balustrade, leads to an upstairs sitting area with access to a balcony via stacking doors. The main suite leads off the siting area with an expansive open ensuite and walk-in robes. The ensuite features a double vanity capped with stone, tap-wear built into the full-length mirror and a separate toilet. A second bathroom uses similar contemporary design but includes a deep bath.
Paula Evans, Sunday Times HOME Magazine
Paula Evans - The Sunday Times HOME Magazine
Whether your kids are high school students or older offspring yet to fly the nest, they’re sure to appreciate the layout of the Opus by APG. A perfect fit for families, this brand-new two-storey display offers both parents and children that all-important sense of space and separation.
The everyday living area and swish master bedroom are on the ground floor, while the three minor bedrooms, computer nook, siting rooms and balcony all feel a world away upstairs. Matthew Dragun, Marketing manager at APG, says it’s the ideal arrangement as both parents and children have spaces to call their own. “The upper floor is not only a functional space, but it also has a really nice flow to it,” Matthew says. On Display in Gwelup, the opus also showcases many of the features discerning older families look for, such as a large scullery-style pantry off the kitchen, high ceilings an impressive indoor/outdoor connection and added attention to the finishing touches.
In the main bedroom, for example the APG designers have fitted out the walk-in wardrobe with custom-designed storage and added recess for a dressing table, while the light-fitted, open-style ensuite includes double vanities and a large shower. The kitchen designed is smooth and silky, with a long, slim horizontal window behind the 900mm cook top, heaps of storage and an island bench with integrated dishwasher and built-in bins for rubbish and recycling. Sliding doors in both the living room and dining room lead outside, where APG designers have created an elegant entertaining area, with an optional outdoor kitchen, pool outdoor heater and dedicated areas for alfresco dining and relaxing.
Feature piers between the dining room and living room have been used to bookend an optional built-in storage cabinet. “you can still retain the intimacy of being able to open everything up,” Matthew says
Cathy Watts - The Weekend West, New Homes Magazine
The two-storey Panorama display home is aptly named, with a design that maximises views from the upper-floor living areas. APG Homes marketing manager Matthew Dragun said the design was intended for blocks with a view. “The Panorama has been designed for families and its up-side-down design is perfectly suited to those customers that have blocks offering views,” Mr Dragun said.
“ The Kitchen and main living spaces are all deliberately located upstairs and open out on to an expansive balcony to maximise the enjoyment of any outlook a customer may have from their block. “It fulfils all of the traditional accommodations requirements and caters for families with independent older children, with distinct zones for children on the lower floor and a parent’s zone on the upper floor.” The design incorporates an open family and living area for everyone to come together whilst also providing the occupants with their own private space in which to hang out.
A big porch shelters the front door, which opens to an entry hall starching through the house to the alfresco area at the back.
The three children’s bedrooms are on the ground floor, along with a big activity room that is connected to the alfresco area by a sliding glass door. Each of the bedrooms is double-sized and has a sliding door built-in robe. Bedroom four could serve as a guestroom as it has a semi-ensuite access to the bathroom. Also on the ground floor is a separate toilet, a linen cupboard and the laundry, plus am internal door from the double garage with storage.
Upstairs is the open-plan living area at the front and across the back is a luxury-sized main suite. The bedroom has space for an easy chair and big flat-screen television at the end of the bed. The extra-big ensuite has stone bench tops, two square semi-recessed vanity basins, a raised bath, a double shower and a separate toilet. The walk-in-robe has a full custom fit-out. The main living zone is linked to a big balcony the width of the house via stacking glass doors.
A stone top island bench breakfast bar with double sink delineates the kitchen, which has a wall oven, hotplates and pot drawers. A handy extra is a big walk in pantry behind the main kitchen which has more storage as well as bench tops where preparation and clearing up can be done out of sight of guests. Also on this floor is a semi-enclosed study, a powder room, and a linen cupboard.
The Panorama requires a minimum frontage of 15m. It has a living area of 268sqm and a total area of 352sqm