Luxury Large Format Tiles In Gorgeous Portarlington Home


Mark & Marian love supporting local, and so does their builder Peter Wright from Accessible Homes.  After 25 years of holidaying in the Bellarine Peninsula, Mark & Marian decided to turn their retirement dream into reality and build a home in Portarlington.  Be inspired by this coastal home and the people who own it.


Mark and Marian reside in Bendigo and own their own business.  After years of holidaying with family in Ocean Grove and Portarlington, the couple decided to take the next step towards their retirement and build a stunning coastal home with 180 degree views of The Bellarine in Portarlington.  One of their passions is supporting local community and buying local and their decision to build with Accessible Homes, project manager Peter Wright, was the right choice. Peter uses all local trades and businesses, including TILE junket, and as members of the Independent Builders Network, Accessible Homes endeavours to stay up to date with current trends and industry best practice.

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Marian wanted her home to be light, airy and contemporary.  They designed the two-story house with draftsman Gary Watson and included split levels to maximise ocean views and is approximately 28 squares of living.  The build commenced in November 2012 and is close to handover as we speak.  They have been in no rush for the home to be completed and wanted to ensure all facets of the build were done correctly.  Both Mark and Marian said they have enjoyed a great building experience and highly recommend Accessible Homes to potential clients. It’s not often you come across a build were every aspect runs so smoothly, particularly whilst Mark and Marian live 2.5hrs away.

Paulina our Interior Designer assisted Marian with her tile colour selection and in fact with this job, Paulina did the colour selection for the entire home which Marian was extremely grateful for and loves the end result.

The interior walls are painted in Dulux Grey Pebble quarter strength and the bathroom, powder room and ensuite all feature grey tones and subtle textures. Tasmanian Oak floors and a northerly aspect in the living spaces provide a natural warmth to the home.

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The open plan family room and kitchen includes a gas log fire-place for those cold winter days and nights and stands out as an awesome statement piece.  I love Mark and Marian’s idea that the fire mantle becomes a bar to sit at on the upper level providing a view over the kitchen, living and obviously THE OCEAN VIEW!

The powder room features the bathroom tile (Koala Lapparto 300 x 600mm) from floor to ceiling behind the vanity giving a feel of contemporary elegance with mirrors on the either side of the vanity providing an illusion of more space – I love it!

Powder Room INDESIGN

Photography by Troy Baker, [email protected]

The en suite floor and wall feature tile depicts a subtle sparkle which can’t really be appreciated until seeing it in person.  The bath is a Caroma Back to Wall Freestanding Bath which is an excellent idea to avoid the need to clean the narrow space behind the bath that is usually unavoidable when installing a freestanding bath.  Marian also particularly wanted the squared edges to her basins and bath for crisp clean lines.

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So Marian’s last task now is to furnish their home, and I’m sure she will not enjoy that experience (I say that sarcastically – wink wink) – what woman hates furniture and decor shopping?  Enjoy Marian, I hope you find the perfect couch as we discussed.

All tiles are available in our store, if you like what you see, please visit us and refer this Project Spotlight and we can show you the tiles in person.


Accessible Homes Geelong is a local family business.  Pete has over 28 years of building experience and Jonno has been working for Pete for 8 years.  Many of the trade contractors Accessible Homes use have been working with Pete for over 10 years.

Accessible Homes strive to provide a building experience that is second to none – which Mark and Marian certainly agree!

Pete & Jonno enjoy working with their clients to ensure their dream home can be achieved within your budget.

You can contact Pete on 0418 179 974 or email:


Steve Jarrett Tiling tiled this stunning home.  Once again we can see the quality Steve puts into his tiling projects and we recommend his services to anyone requiring a tiler.  You can contact Steve on 0421 622 712.

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By Hayley Norman

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