November 29, 2016

With a waterfall cascading from the roof, a pool and giant timber deck, Danielle and Mark Bennett are loving their holiday-style home at Bona Vista!

The closeness of family and friends, the spacious blocks and sense of community drew Danielle and Mark to build at Vermont three years ago, they say.

I had lived in Oakville so I was familiar with the area,” says Mark.

Friends of ours bought here four years ago and we then recommended that Danielle’s parents move here too.”

The couple was living in Newport when they made the decision to buy at Vermont.

Being a builder, Mark says that the blocks at Vermont made it easy for him to build and the closeness to the river was a big drawcard for Danielle, who enjoys jet skiing.

After living on a steep block in Newport, and about to welcome their second child, the couple chose a family friendly, flat block only four blocks away from Danielle’s parents.

Danielle and Mark designed their home together and Mark took four months to build their four-bedroom, open-plan family home. Mark worked seven days a week on the house, taking time out of running their business, Beach Designs, so that they were able to move in before their baby arrived.

The Bennetts say they enjoyed designing and building the house themselves, creating a home that they feel is unique and tailored to their needs, both now and in the future.

Light-filled with lots of glass, their house has a resort-style feel with Turkish travertine stone floors and a prominent timber deck, equipped with a generous alfresco dining space and an outdoor kitchen.

Our house wraps around our big blue pool. It’s a feature of our home and we have a waterfall from the roof!” says Danielle.

When people enter our home, they often say ‘wow!’ because it is such a unique design.”

Danielle says they deliberately chose king-sized bedrooms with big built-in wardrobes so that their small children, three-year-old Kai and one-year-old Summer, will grow into their bedrooms and enjoy their own space with access to the backyard as they get older and become more independent. Their home theatre will be a drawcard for their kids when they are older too. A triple garage was also on the couple’s must-have list.

Danielle says that their visitors love the ensuite which is a large, open shower room with floor-to-ceiling tiles.

We had a party recently and at one point everyone had congregated in the ensuite to check it out!” says Danielle.

Mark says that Beach Designs specialises in designing and building custom homes. Their home in Newport won a design award and Mark is passionate about creating interesting homes.

What the Bennetts love most about living in Vermont is their friendly neighbours who are sociable and happy to help out. They say that the community takes pride in the neighbourhood and that they love being by the river.

In the morning you can hear the cows and in the afternoon you can hear the sounds of race boats on the river.

Occasionally you can spot a RAAF base plane flying overhead. It’s so interesting!” says Danielle.


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