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We’re excited to announce our first phase of our brand new display village at Newenham is now open! Showcasing three top South Australian builders’ designs by Aspire Homes, Shire Homes and Tek Building & Design, they are not on show anywhere else in South Australia.

Uniquely designed for us, each home is a shining example of country design and modern innovation that exemplifies the Newenham design ethos. We spoke with each builder to find out why their home is unique and how it might suit you and your family. In this story, we introduce Shane Williams from Shire Homes, who tells us all about their ‘The Shire’ design, now open at Newenham.

“I thought working with Newenham was an ideal opportunity,” Shane says, founder of Shire Homes. Born and bred in the Adelaide Hills, Shire homes is a well-respected bespoke building business based in the nearby town of Balhannah, run by Shane and his wife Linda for the past 15 years.

“I was approached by one of the developers who I had already done work for,” he says. “They told me it was an up-and-coming development and invited me to work on it. The ethos of the area is exactly what I was interested in. It’s got a real country feel at Newenham, and I like the fact that they are aiming to build up-market style homes. That’s what I was really interested in.”

It’s not just our ethos at Newenham that aligned with Shane and the Shire homes team, but also the Hills locale. “I always wanted to live in the Hills,” Shane says. “I love the greenery and the beauty of the place – it’s the best place in the world to live. There’s so much natural water, wetlands, trees…”

With this in mind, Shane and his team have designed ‘The Shire’ – their unique custom-built home created especially for Newenham. “It’s the very first ‘display-style home’ we’ve ever built,” Shane says, which is why they’ve proudly called it ‘The Shire’.

It’s got all the bells and whistles that you can expect from this respected Hills builder, including double glazed windows and extra insulation. “Most of the customers that have built with us come back and tell us how quiet the homes are to live in. These features also make ‘The Shire’ highly energy efficient, something we know that the Newenham development team are seeking to achieve throughout their housing”.


Aside from these signature Shire features, the two-storey home also features four bedrooms and two bathrooms, the ensuite complete with ‘his’ and ‘hers’ areas. Bedrooms have built-in robes and are all situated on the upper level of the home, with glorious views out onto the country landscape.

Downstairs, the beautiful corner kitchen incorporates a bar and dropped ceiling, to further separate the space from the meals and family areas. The open-plan meals and family area opens out onto an expansive alfresco area, which is fitted out with state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen, including a barbecue, sink and bar fridge. There are also separate dining, lounge and study areas downstairs, and access to the most unique feature of the home – the personal lift.

While stairs are incorporated into the design, the addition of a lift makes the home suitable for a family that expands a variety of generations and increases the longevity of the home as well as the value over time. An increasingly popular feature, the lift is a wonderful feature that brings a whole new meaning to the ‘forever home’.

The look and feel of the home is country-meets-modern, with sophisticated elegance in design details, while maintaining a classic country feel from the outside, in. This is typical of all Shire homes custom-builds, a theme which they’ve carried their Newenham design. “We want to maintain the appeal of the area as a whole, creating a unique feeling home which fits in with the character of the local environment, and and the magnificent Hills ambience beautifully,” Shane says.

Adelaide designer and entrepreneur Annabelle Kerslake of Fete Magazine has pitched in and lent her designer eye to the job, sourcing stunning bespoke furniture pieces from a selection of local Hills retailers right through to adding some more simple and cost-effective styling finesse from stores including Ikea and even K-mart. Her flair shows how you can create a timeless and effortless look and feel at a price point which is accessible to most people who build in Newenham. Not only does the styling show you how the floorplan works in action, but also creates a sense of how homely this space really is. We offer a great thanks to Annabelle and her team for these finishing touches that showcase Newenham’s vision around ‘beautiful design with natural flair’.

With the homes open for viewing, you can stroll through and not only experience the look and feel of the builds but also be inspired by the natural Hills styling the home exhibits. You’ll be picturing yourself in your new home in no time – kicking back on the sofa with a book in hand, watching the gum trees sway outside the window and thoroughly enjoying your tree change.

Sound good? You can view Shire’s ‘The Shire’ display home at Rochfort Street, Newenham Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1pm to 5pm, or by appointment.  

To make an enquiry with Shire Homes call 8388 4683.

To make a land sales enquiry with Newenham call 0429 107 497.

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