A home office for work and creativity
For Nick, the finished Melwood is now where he spends the majority of his time. As a software developer working from home more or less full-time, it is his primary workspace. “I’d say I’m in here for at least 90% of my workdays currently,” he explains. 18 sqm in size, it is a more than comfortable daily office space, even when Charmayne is using it at the same time.
As a cake decorator, Charmayne needs her own dedicated area to store and work with a variety of tools and supplies for sugarcraft and cake art. Being a part-time pursuit, “usually we are not both working in the studio at the same time,” Nick tells us. However, when these paths do cross, it is not an issue. “The dimensions are very comfortable for both Charmayne and myself to work in,” Nick continues.
Working from home – a work-life balance
And so, aside from enabling them to buy the dream home they initially thought they’d have to forgo, what has the addition of a Melwood meant to them?
Let’s start with that elusive work-life balance that is so important and often so hard to achieve in today’s busy world. Working from home full-time provides a high degree of flexibility that the whole family benefits from. Nick really values the ability to balance school commitments and extra-curricular activities with his work schedule. Located in Sydney’s Inner West, a morning and evening commute would usually involve a long battle with traffic. Now, Nick’s commute is an easy 30-second stroll down the garden, coffee in hand. “[We can] generally be more present in family life rather than being absorbed and largely absent due to work”, says Nick.
The ability to separate work from the main house has also been a huge plus. “It’s easy to focus and allows me to listen to music or have discussions over Zoom without disturbing any other household members,” Nick informs us.
Meant to be
For Nick and Charmayne, their Melwood was the missing piece that would complete their dream home puzzle. A beautiful and functional extension of their house, it has given them the gift of work-life balance, while enhancing the aesthetic of their backyard. There’s no doubt that this extra space has added value to their property, transforming their three-bedroom home into more than the four-bedder they initially sought.
Every Greenspan product enhances life, and for Nick and Charmayne, it couldn’t be more evident. This house and the Melwood were meant to be; proof that sometimes the perfect match is found in unexpected places!
Nick and Charmayne’s Melwood is a Mod 18 measuring 5.4m x 3.2m.
They personalised their design with a Pre-Primed Weatherboard cladding upgrade, timber doors, aluminium windows in “White”, and Colorbond® roofing in “Woodland Grey” and flashings in “Surfmist”.
All measurements are approximate.