December 8, 2015

Michelle Timbs and her family have been happily settled in their home ‘Santai’ (meaning rest and relaxation in Indonesian) in Fernville since completing their build two years ago.

The kitchen, named the ‘Santai Cafe’, is at the heart of the home, overlooking the family dining area and the extensive alfresco entertaining area which leads onto the Balinese-style pool.

For Michelle, a keen entertainer and cook, the kitchen design was very much her call. Having already built three homes, Michelle knew exactly what she was looking for in a kitchen.

“I hadn’t enjoyed wiping down the streaks left on our laminate cupboards in our previous home, so this time I opted for polytech high-gloss cabinets without handles. I wanted a seamless look,” she says.

“I have c-channels in all the drawers and a soft-close feature was a must. Although it can be frustrating when you actually want to slam a door for effect!” she says.

Michelle’s favourite part of the kitchen is the generous pantry, although for her next home, she says she would love to have a butler’s pantry which can be closed off for cooking away from the open-plan kitchen and dining, and used as a storeroom for appliances.

“It’s not until you move in and live in the home that you realise you can never have enough storage space!” says Michelle.

Michelle recommends that plenty of powerpoints are included in any kitchen design. Her island bench space also has powerpoints and an exhaust fan, which she says is very handy for times when she is cooking using an electric frypan.

With two teenage boys, Michelle says she loves the lifestyle that Vermont offers her family.

“It’s quiet and safe here. The boys enjoy playing with their friends at the park or having them here for a swim.

“We have got our house the way we want and we are very happy.”

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