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Testament to design skills

Open the garage door, or climb down the stairs from inside Mark and Liane Kelly’s beautiful Marmion home, and you will find their old home – at least, most of it. It is now the garage, storeroom and wine cellar. The Kellys, who own and run Grand Viera Homes, have completely swamped their owld, tiny (140sqm) home with their new, 580sqm design.

Although single storey, it rises above where the old home was and is a testament to her designing skills and his building expertise. They did much of the work themselves, taking 18 months before completing the project in December 2007. The house has five bedrooms and three bathrooms, plus a powder room, but, said Mr Kelly: “Every room is used. There is no surplus space.”

With four children, aged from two to 14, space is important. But so is ease of maintenance. “Noone wants to spend their whole weekend cleaning,” said Mrs Kelly.

From the striking outside of the home, one walks into a spacious entrance. “Then there are three areas,” said Mark. “Parents, children and guests.” Importantly to the Kellys, all these areas convergy into the main living areas. In turn, the glass walls of the main living areas open to bring in the outside.

The parents’ bedroom is big, with a walk-in robe which could almost be a separate room. The study has a door to the bedroom as well as to the main hallway.

The Kellys used recessed ceilings, rather than half walls, to highlight the boundary between the kitchen and the dining room and the loungs and the alfresco kitchen. All lights are recessed.

The kitchen is big and functional. The walls have glass splashbacks and there are as many cupboards as anyone would ever need. Cupboards also abound in the laundry area, which is off the kitchen. “Why have to walk the length of the house,” asked Mrs Kelly, emphasising her determination to makes homes as “liveable” as possible.

The alfresco barbeque area is more like a second kitchen, being accessible from the living areas and the poolside decking. It has glass walls which can be open or shut according to the weather conditions. From the poolside decking, two of the ensuite bathrooms are accessible and can be locked from either entrance.

The pool is 12.5m long and was mostly built by Mr Kelly.

All the balustrades in the home were done by Ozwest Steel, the doors are from Jay’s Door Centre and the cabinets were supplied by Western Cabinets.

A lovely touch to the home is an atrium, which divides the living areas from the sleeping areas and has a flooring of white pebbles. A home for living – but a beautiful one.