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Saturday March 26, 2011

Sue Green

Demolishing and building anew may be your best option, writes Sue Green. EVERYONE loves to save money, especially on big-ticket items such as building a house. However, the savings offered by volume builders are sometimes outweighed by the prospect of living in the outer suburbs.But buying an old house in an inner suburb can make a new home possible exactly where you want. That's what Steven and Rita did when they built Burbank's 353-square-metre Stoneleigh on their Ivanhoe block, after demolishing the old house.By modifying the flexible layout and selecting options that suited them, they ended up with a spacious, modern and elegant home without the expense of architect's fees.The light-filled, two-storey Stoneleigh, part of Burbank's Ideal range, is billed as "contemporary architecture for the adventurous entertainer" and it has five separate and substantial living spaces.Steven opted to remove the wall between the lounge and library, providing him with a spacious home office near the entry. The wall of the adjacent home theatre was moved forward, creating a larger space, separated from the family/meals area by solid sliding doors ‚€ť an option chosen by most Stoneleigh buyers.Rita chose to place her kitchen sinks beside the stove top, illuminated by a splashback window, leaving the island bench clear for use as a cooking surface and meals bar. At the top of the stairs is a leisure area for the couple's two children, with large windows (standard in the Stoneleigh) overlooking the park and gum tree behind their home. This layout, maximising their view, was a selling feature.Burbank has built the Stoneleigh in Malvern, Essendon and North Balwyn and its business development manager, Sam Tucker, says: "Demolishing and building anew is a perfect solution for those who love where they live but want to upgrade their home, without the restraints that can come with renovations."It's an opportunity to utilise the equity in your home and build brand-new, without moving address."specsName StoneleighBuilder BurbankPhone 13287 2265burbank.com.auSize 353 square metres, to fit a 14-metre-wide blockPrice from $250,500Build time about 18 weeksLevels TwoBedrooms FourBathrooms Two plus powder roomGarage Double, attachedWhere to see it€“Cascades on Clyde Estate, Torney Street, Clyde€“Laurimar Estate, Hazel Glen Drive, Doreen€“Eynesbury Estate, Erica Close, Eynesbury€“Alamanda Estate, Alamanda Boulevard, Point Cook

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