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The home you buy should be the one you love, but looking to potential resale is also important. A savvy developer takes the long view – designing a house that can be used quite differently by different owners. This house, designed by architectural firm A2 Studio together with developer PHI Group, is a good example. Joycelyne Ghee, of PHI Group, says the home is ideal for family, with upstairs and downstairs living areas and plenty of outdoor space. “However, it’s also suitable for empty nesters who want to live on the one level.” Above left: Inner landscape – this home by architect Ernie Lau creates its own outdoor environment of lawn, pool and side courtyard. The bottom-heavy facade – brick at ground level, giving way to metal and cedar cladding above – is designed to give a sense of anchoring to the land. Top and above: From the street, only the home’s articulated upper-cladding components are visible. A series of narrow timber external battens give privacy for the master bedroom. Left: Fixed shutters shelter the master bedroom from the early morning sun. search | save | share at trendsideas.com