CHUNG Hom Kok Road is the kind of street that people drive along slowly, appreciating the peace of this tree-shaded route, which winds its way down to the nearby beach. Once inside this well-maintained property, the only sound you can hear is a gentle splashing from the waterfall which runs into the swimming pool on the terrace. The home itself is about 2,000 square feet and the present owners have maximised the available area through a series of renovations over the past couple of years. Owner Mrs Marilyn Ward said what used to be a ''dark, dingy home'' was now bright and sunny, as the healthy indoor plants confirm. The former brown walls were stripped back and repainted a fresh cream. Where once a small window peeked out to the back of the house, sliding glass doors now open on to a neat garden courtyard. A doorway between the living room and the sitting room has been widened, and now has wide, double doors, which slide back into the wall. It is a carefully planned home - ideal for a family, and the family dog. The living room is on the left of the entrance hall. Here is a showcase of Korean chests, Indian treasures, and finely carved chairs with arms fashioned in the form of a lion, copper jugs and brass pots. As a dealer in Indian crafts, shawls and other beautiful crafts, Mrs Ward has brought her eye for beauty and the unusual into her home, and many of the pieces are for sale separately. Through the wide-arched doorway (another remodelling feature) is the front terrace of about 600 sq ft overlooking the street. The terrace has high walls around it and is landscaped. It also features a triangular-shaped swimming pool, with jacuzzi jets, in one corner. An attractive rock waterfall filters the water and the only other sound is the occasional rustle of leaves as birds perch in the tall, shady trees which screen the house from the street below. The terrace is decorated with imported antique urns and granite statues - all are for sale separately. Apart from healthy potted plants, the only gardening required is on a verdant patch of heart-shaped lawn. The rest of the terrace and the wall is laid with solar stone. This stone tile from Germany will not become mouldy or slippery and, even when the sun beats down, it remains cool on which to walk or sunbathe. The surrounding walls in the same solar stone keep temperatures down on the terrace all year round. It makes a pleasant and large area for outdoor entertaining and at one end is a barbecue area. Back inside, and to the right of the entrance hallway, is a dining room with seating for eight. Opposite is the large bright, white-painted kitchen, which features plenty of cupboard and drawer space. A maid's room and separate bathroom is adjacent to the kitchen. Through the glass sliding doors of the dining room is a covered courtyard. Shady trees form a natural canopy and the whole area is enclosed, making it a safe children's play area, or a luxury place for the family pet. At the end of the courtyard, is a room of about 80 sq ft which has shelves for storage but would also make comfortable quarters for a maid or a large study area. A bedroom leading off from the living room has been converted into a sitting room. It has been cleverly divided by moveable shelving and has a double sofa bed for overnight guests. The second bedroom is large and bright - like the rest of the house. It has an adjoining study which is so spacious that the daughter of the house has taken it over as her own cosy bedroom in preference to the larger room next door. At the end of the hallway, between these rooms and the master bedroom, is the bathroom which has been recently renovated in neutral colours. The master bedroom has undergone major refurbishment by Mrs Ward. What appears to be an alcove at the bed-head, is actually cleverly built-in storage space. And what appears to be a built-in wardrobe with mirrored doors, opens to a walk-in closet with generous hanging space and room for a chest of drawers. FACTFILE ADDRESS: Ground Floor, 53 Chung Hom Kok Rd. SIZE: 2,000 square feet. PRICE: $7.8 million. FEATURES: 600 sq ft terrace with swimming pool, jacuzzi, master bedroom with walk-in closet, third bedroom converted to a sitting room, large living room, dining room, two bathrooms, maid's quarters. . AGENT: Molin Parker International Properties. Tel: 525 6002.