Home New Max­i­mum space, max­i­mum light

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - By Todd Lewys

Then, when you ac­tu­ally view the home, you find that claim to be only par­tially true. While the great room is thor­oughly open­con­cept (though per­haps maybe not as open­con­cept as you’d like, see­ing as you like to en­ter­tain and be able to keep tabs on your kids from the kitchen when they’re play­ing), the win­dows are re­ally only a half wall of win­dows.

Well, that’s not the case with the ul­tra­open-con­cept great room in one of Gino’s Homes’ new­est show homes, a two-storey, 2,196-sq.-ft. de­sign found at 48 Den­nis Lind­say Rd. in Bridge­wood Es­tates.

“Let’s just say this is a very open-con­cept home, with nine-foot ceil­ings through­out the main floor, plus a 25-foot vaulted ceil­ing above the liv­ing room/din­ing room area,” said Gino’s sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the home, Re/Max Ex­ec­u­tives’ Goy Seng­many. “This is a very bright, airy home.”

That state­ment isn’t just a bunch of pumped-up re­al­tor­s­peak. Walk into the great room, and it doesn’t take long to come to the con­clu­sion it’s per­haps one of the bright­est, most vo­lu­mi­nous great rooms any builder of­fers.

“There ac­tu­ally is a wall of win­dows on the rear wall,” said Seng­many, ges­tur­ing to­ward a wall that’s filled with a series of huge win­dows down low, and then another series of mid-sized win­dows up high. “I like the fact that the Gino’s de­sign team put as many win­dows in key spots to max­i­mize the in­flow of nat­u­ral light. Right now, the lower win­dow shades are drawn, but it’s still in­cred­i­bly bright. All the (tri-pane) win­dows re­ally open up the great room.”

It turns out the great room is only the start of the glass-ifi­ca­tion. Head up­stairs and there are three an­gled win­dows on the wall to the left of the stair­case al­low­ing day­light to flow in in un­abated fash­ion.

Ven­ture into a walk-in closet, the laun­dry room — even the main-floor pow­der room — and each room is out­fit­ted with a large win­dow to let the light shine in. Heck, there’s even a win­dow be­tween the pow­der room and laun­dry room to let in even more light.

While all the light makes for a cheer­ful in­te­rior, the home’s in­tu­itive lay­out makes for a home that flows and func­tions ex­cep­tion­ally well. Case in point is the great room, which fea­tures three well-pro­por­tioned spa­ces: an is­land kitchen, a mas­sive din­ing area and an equally large liv­ing room.

“Peo­ple who’ve come through the home so far have said they not only like the open de­sign and all the light, but the fact it’s not only a great fam­ily home, but that it’s also ideal for en­ter­tain­ing — the great room’s de­sign lends it­self to both,” he said. “Vis­i­tors have said they’re also im­pressed with the fin­ish­ing qual­ity. That’s not sur­pris­ing, be­cause that’s what Gino’s is known for.”

The fin­ishes are at once mod­ern and tra­di­tional: white­washed oak hard­woods, white quartz coun­ter­tops and a grey glass tile back­splash that mesh well with the stain­less ap­pli­ances and stain­less hood vent that’s sus­pended stylishly over a built-in cook­top.

For con­trast, the Gino’s de­sign team then opted to in­stall a plethora of es­presso maple cab­i­nets, in­clud­ing a pantry to the right of the re­frig­er­a­tor and an es­presso maple door that fronts the ad­ja­cent (and big) walk-in pantry.

It’s not only big­ger than nor­mal, but con­tains another novel fea­ture, said Seng­many.

“It also has a win­dow; you don’t see many pantries with win­dows, or win­dows that huge. Over­all, this is such a well-de­signed area. There’s seat­ing for four at the (nine­foot) is­land, the din­ing area eas­ily holds a ta­ble for four, and the liv­ing room is a great area to visit in with the hard­woods, high ceil­ing and a gor­geous (grey/terra cotta) cul­tured stone fire­place.”

Mean­while, the home’s up­per level is very nearly as bright as the main level due to large win­dows in ev­ery room, plus the light ra­di­at­ing into it from the win­dows on the great room’s rear wall. Seng­many said the master suite en­cap­su­lates the home’s de­sign.

“It’s mas­sive with a huge pic­ture win­dow that takes up three-quar­ters of its rear wall, so it’s an in­cred­i­bly bright space. It’s big, too, with plenty of room for a chaise lounge, queen-size bed, TV en­ter­tain­ment unit and a dresser.”

Then, there’s its crown­ing touch, an ex­pan­sive, beau­ti­fully fin­ished en­suite.

“Again, it’s a nice, big space — there’s lots of room to move. For those who en­joy baths, there’s a nice, deep six-foot air-jet soaker tub (set in white tile) with a big win­dow above it,” he said. “You also get a five-foot shower with rain-shower head, and a large walk-in closet with tons of built-in stor­age in­clud­ing a four-tiered shoe rack, a nice touch that women love.”

Not sur­pris­ingly, the two sec­ondary bed­rooms are a good size, with (what else) huge win­dows. The view from the cat­walk next to the land­ing (and that leads to the first kids’ bed­room) look­ing down on the great room is also spec­tac­u­lar.

Down­stairs, another 1,200 sq. ft. of liveable space awaits, bring­ing the home’s to­tal liv­ing space to al­most 3,400 sq. ft.

“You can put in a rec room, bath­room and even two more bed­rooms if you want to,” added Seng­many. “This is a big, beau­ti­fully fin­ished and well-de­signed home that of­fers ex­cep­tional value in a great neigh­bour­hood.”

The ul­tra-open-con­cept, 2,196-square-foot home at 48 Den­nis Lind­say Road in Bridge­wood

Es­tates is Gino’s Homes’ new­est show home. Nine-foot, vaulted ceil­ings are found through­out the

main floor.

White quartz coun­ter­tops and a grey glass tile back­splash mesh with the stain­less ap­pli­ances in the

is­land kitchen. The master suite is mas­sive with a huge pic­ture win­dow that takes up three-quar­ters of its rear wall and

has plenty of room for a chaise lounge.

The qual­ity fin­ish­ings are what Gino’s is know for.

The open de­sign is bright and ideal for en­ter­tain­ing. In the master en­suite, a deep six-foot air-jet soaker

tub sits be­neath a win­dow.

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