Lifestyle Homes has definitely evolved over the years moving upwards in the home building price ranges as the demand for more upmarket single storey and affordable two storey home builders continued in recent years across Perth’s now sprawling suburbs. Lifestyle fills a niche in the Summit Group as its high end home builder. A common theme throughout is the much higher level of finish and specification included in this unique range of homes attempting to attract a more discerning home buyer. But our review isn’t all cookies and cream.If you dig a little deeper into the philosophy of the upper end of the Summit range of builders you discover that Lifestyle are positioning themselves as a builder for not only new subdivisions but also in older areas where demolition of an existing home is becoming popular. Providing a full hand-held service from concept through to managing your block including all the demolition and site preparation to the ultimate climax of moving into a brand new home in your favourite location. This offer is sure to entice many buyers to consider enhancing their current lifestyle with a brand spanking new home. So if you love where you live but not where you live in, perhaps it’s time to think about contacting this accomplished builder.
Accomplished they are with several awards behind them along with winning two of the most current awards, the MBA Housing Excellence Award 2010 $280,000 – $350,000 and the MBA Housing Excellence Award 2010 $450,000 – $550,000. There was a dry spell between awards however these current awards prove that Lifestyle is offering what home buyers are looking for in their new home. Excellence in design and quality of construction.
OK so excellence in design might be too loose a term. The Summit Group is typically filled with single storey home building companies, with Lifestyle really being the only regular two storey builder in their portfolio. Unfortunately, this seems to become exposed in some of their two storey home designs. The Avenue display home is very safe as a design and although the fit out and interior design shines (kudos to the interior decorator! Pssst: it’s worth taking a look at the home purely to see how much difference a great interior decorator can make), the overall floor plan is unimaginative and the street scape lacks that wow factor you should expect. The floor plan looks as if it’s ‘design by numbers’ with a very box on box approach and the room interaction is stale. OK so economical design is critical when producing a price competitive display home, but overall there are opportunities in this design that seem to have been lost. I can’t help but think this home was designed by a single storey specialist trying to transition into the two storey market.
So what of the single storey range of homes on offer? Overall they’re what you’d come to expect of a project home builder, and not so much what you’d hope for in a top end single storey home. I want to see some more wow in the homes that would give me a reason to open my wallet and part with some hard earned cash. Perhaps I’m being too critical though, after all they are reasonably priced and have several points of difference in a few of the designs. I think overall it’s the message Lifestyle is sending that is mixed and doesn’t live up to the expectation you think of when reading the companies home page “individual homes”, “decadent luxury”, “luxury display homes”. I wanted to be amazed and excited, but walk away feeling a little melancholy.
Company Registration Date: 12/02/1982
Primary Business: Project Home Builder
Specialising in: Single Storey Homes, 2 Storey Homes
Display Homes: Yes
Number of Display Homes: 5
Estimated Average House Price: $250,000 – $500,000
Number of Homes built per year: Medium sized builder (up to 200 homes per year)
Affiliations: Lifestyle Homes is a member of the Summit Group of Companies
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