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Don't be fooled by the slim dimensions of the Dorset by APG. This four-bedroom family residence is both spacious and stylish.

One of two APG display homes with a rear garage, it has a generous indoor-outdoor living area, a dedicated kids' wing upstairs and a deluxe main suite on the ground floor.

“The priority was to demonstrate a liveable design for rear access blocks that doesn't compromise on the 'must have' elements of a traditional front-garage home,” Matthew Dragun, Marketing Manager at APG, says.

"This home achieves that and more, delivering comfortable internal and external spaces that combine function, form and style."

The Dorset's appeal is apparent from the street, with the strong linear design delivering an added sense of width.

"'It's a striking, modem design featuring a large balcony and prominent glazing," Matthew says.

Inside, there are the separate zones that families look for, with a sizeable activity room the focus of the upstairs kids' wing.

“This is particularly appealing to families, creating an upstairs space for the kids where their mess and noise can be contained, while the downstairs main suite becomes a private retreat," Matthew says.

The impressive line-up of features in the kitchen includes an integrated dishwasher, built-in microwave, 900mm oven and cooktop, stone benchtops, lots of drawers, a big walk-in pantry and an island bench with a slab end.

The dining room and the alfresco both open to the outdoors, adding to the sense of space on a narrow block.

Upstairs, the activity room leads out via double stacking doors to the balcony, which provides another outdoor living or entertaining space.

"The Dorset is a great example of how people are incorporating outdoor living into a small-lot design,” Matthew says.

Suited to 12m-wide blocks, it's an especially good pick for sites that benefit from views to the front.