Couple apply own design ideas to new home

When retired couple Frank and Robyn Daly were looking to build a new home, they envisaged a single level on a large block. They also wanted to be actively involved in the customisation of their home.

However the pair found very few suitable designs. “Predominately there were a lot of McMansions with two storeys on a small block,” says Frank.

Then the couple came across Paal Homes in Emu Plains, and the Camden design immediately caught their eye. “We liked its country style and just went from there.”

Another outstanding attraction of the Camden was the flexibility of its interior layout. “Anything is possible. We were able to re-design the interior the way we like it,” he says.

Paal housing consultant Michael Christie guided Frank and Robyn through the process, achieving modifications to suit their lifestyle such as converting the formal dining/lounge room into a large master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.

Among other changes, the side verandah was extended for dining al fresco, while the guest bathroom was split up so that the toilet, vanity and bath became separate spaces, ideal for houseguests.

The couple wanted to stay close to family in Canberra, but also sought a little more rainfall for Robyn, who loves to garden. A generous-sized block in Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands was the perfect choice.

Michael put Robyn and Frank in touch with Ray Collier, a builder who is very experienced at constructing Paal homes.

Ray did a great job of bringing the house to life, while proving helpful with design ideas along the way. “He’s a fantastic guy,” says Frank. “Nothing was too much trouble.”

The interior also came together well, thanks to Robyn’s creative eye. With the assistance of Paal’s colour consultant, Narelle Jarman, she coordinated the tones, finishes and fittings with style.

Overall, Frank and Robyn were thrilled with Paal’s flexibility and support, plus the fact they could be actively involved in creating their home. It’s beautiful, comfortable and functional – just the way they wanted it. “Thank you Paal!” says Frank.