Details: 4 Bed, 2 Bath, 2 Living residence
First home owners Molly and Campbell
assumed that Peter Bowen Homes’ pre-designed plans were set in stone.
But when their building consultant took out a pencil and eraser and
started marking up changes right there in front of them, the young
couple realised the possibilities were endless.
With a lovely wide block upon which to
build their first home, Campbell and Molly were looking for something
beyond the standard long, narrow homes that dominated their
They visited many display homes but
couldn’t imagine living in any of them. It always felt, Molly says, like
walking into someone else’s life.
Then they came to Peter Bowen Homes and immediately felt the difference.
“When we walked in we knew straight away
it suited us,” says Molly. “I had written them off to start with. I
thought it might be too regimented in terms of their floor plans. It was
the complete opposite. We found that PBH had the right vibe. And there
was flexibility around the floor plan to consider what we did and didn’t
The Oaklands display home they fell in
love with didn’t suit the shape of their block, so Darryl, their
building consultant, printed out the floor plan on A3 paper and the
three of them sat down and drew all over it until it was exactly what
the couple had in mind.
“It was such a great experience to have
someone say ‘what you’re thinking is totally possible, we can make it
happen’,” Molly says.
The couple wanted a spacious, light-filled
home, with the ability to close off sections of the house to avoid
heating and cooling rooms that weren’t in use.
With their budget and lifestyle top of
mind, the couple focused their attention on the spaces they would be in
every day - their bedroom, ensuite bathroom and kitchen/living area.
“We wanted a big shower,” Molly explains.
“We made the bathroom bigger and chose floor to ceiling tiles. It was a
last minute decision and I’m so glad we did it!”
“The Oaklands had a double door entry to
the walk-in robe and we loved the drama of opening those double doors,
so we made changes to accommodate that.”
One of the most striking inclusions in their home is LED lighting under the kitchen and ensuite cabinetry.
“We are early morning people, we get up at
5am, so it’s nice to switch those lights on instead of having 15
downlights in my face first thing in the morning. It creates a nice
ambience, and sets the mood for relaxation after work.”
Molly says one of the most helpful aspects
of the building process was being able see, in person, what different
design choices, finishes and fixtures looked like in actual display
“When we went through our contract we sat
in one of the homes as we did it so Darryl could point out things and
say ‘this is what it will look like’. We were talking about cabinetry,
for example, and he took us into the kitchen and showed us what it would
look like and explained other options. It was great having that
They felt an immediate rapport with
Darryl, and his constant communication and transparency made them feel
respected and included in every decision throughout the build.
“It was so easy. We said to Darryl ‘this
is the budget’ and went from there. He respected that budget. He was
respectful of not pushing stuff on us that would cost more money. And if
there were extra costs, he was super transparent.”
Molly says they’re thrilled to have been able to customise their home to match their vision and budget.
“We really look forward to coming home and
being in a space we love. It has all the things we want. It suits us
perfectly for our life right now.”