The Province - - HOMES + DESIGN - Mary Frances Hill

As young fam­i­lies move up and into larger homes to ac­com­mo­date grow­ing broods and empty nesters de­cide to cash in on their sin­gle-fam­ily homes and find more man­age­able spa­ces in which to live, the two groups are bound to meet at places like Delta Gar­dens, a com­mu­nity of spa­cious con­dos and town­homes in North Delta.

The Maple Leaf Homes project com­prises 122 one-, two- and three-bed­room con­dos and town­homes, the lat­ter now sold out. It ap­peals to these groups with space to spare for en­ter­tain­ing or the room they need to grow.

“The town­homes give the pur­chaser the lux­ury of their own en­tries and per­sonal spa­ces, sep­a­rate from the com­mon areas of the home,” says Donna Rus­sell, de­signer at Delta Gar­dens and prin­ci­pal of the Col­lab­o­ra­tive De­sign Stu­dio. “With mul­ti­ple floor(s), we spend a great deal of time on each and ev­ery floor plan to max­i­mize space and an­a­lyze po­ten­tial fur­ni­ture lay­outs and func­tion­al­ity.”

She says town­homes and the larger con­do­minium units are pop­u­lar as an al­ter­na­tive to pricier sin­gle-fam­ily homes, yet buy­ers are look­ing for the high stan­dards they’d ex­pect from a larger home and are less will­ing to com­pro­mise than they’ve ever been.

“Col­lec­tively, we ap­proach ev­ery new project as an ex­cit­ing and cre­ative op­por­tu­nity,” she adds. “We are find­ing, how­ever, that the town­home market is re­ally ex­pand­ing for the down­sizer and up­sizer.”

In the liv­ing room at the dis­play home, mel­low, muted tex­tures cover ev­ery­thing from the pil­lows and throws to the light neu­tral up­hol­stery — gen­tle on the eyes and a dis­trac­tion from the harder edges of the in­set fire­place and tele­vi­sion on the wall.

This soft­ness in the liv­ing area also off­sets the con­tem­po­rary an­gu­lar and rec­tan­gu­lar fur­nish­ings. The “fram­ing” of the kitchen prep area in light wood lines the area and makes it ap­pear larger and the boxy chan­de­lier over the rec­tan­gu­lar din­ing ta­ble also makes for a clean, con­tem­po­rary look.

“When de­vel­op­ing the con­cept of the dis­play home, we wanted to cre­ate a serene, light and airy monochro­matic colour scheme,” Rus­sell says.

“To cre­ate the vis­ual in­ter­est and the warmth, it was es­sen­tial to add tex­ture to the de­sign and mind­fully se­lect the ac­cents.”

These ac­cent colours — deep brown, mossy and for­est greens and warm rust — re­flect the sur­round­ings. Delta Gar­dens is within min­utes of Wa­ter­shed Park and Burns Bog, so it seemed nat­u­ral to in­cor­po­rate this into the dis­play home, she says.

Rus­sell says the Maple Leaf Homes team agreed the thought­ful lay­outs and the smaller decor de­tails were shared favourite fea­tures in the homes, Rus­sell says.

“We were col­lab­o­ra­tively able to in­cor­po­rate open dens into al­most all units that could be eas­ily closed off. We also liked the pow­der room de­tails, floor-to-ceil­ing tiled fea­ture wall, edge-mounted sink on the quartz ledge counter and the dec­o­ra­tive pen­dant light­ing.”

Delta Gar­dens, a project from Maple Leaf Homes, com­prises 122 con­dos and town­homes in North Delta.

The ac­cent colours at Delta Gar­dens re­flect the lo­cal sur­round­ings like Wa­ter­shed Park and Burns Bog.

Floor plans range up to 1,368 square feet and have up to three bed­rooms.

Plans are open and func­tional at Delta Gar­dens.

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