In­no­va­tion & style

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES -

you don’t care — you can en­joy the gor­geous lake view with­out be­ing both­ered. You can then use the uncovered por­tion to bar­beque and sit out­side and visit. It’s just a great area.”

A sec­ond fo­cal point in­hab­its the great room in the form of a twosided, float­ing gas fire­place with a white tile sur­round. It not only adds ex­tra panache to the area, but also serves a sec­ond pur­pose, said Shel­don Swan.

“We went back to a more ded­i­cated din­ing room de­sign, so we used the fire­place to di­vide it from the fam­ily room,” he said. “There’s a tray ceil­ing above for ex­tra style and def­i­ni­tion, and I think the wide­plank (en­gi­neered) oak hard­woods (which run through­out the en­tire great room area) look great.”

Be­cause the home is essen­tially di­vided into thirds on the main level, the floor plan is very ef­fi­cient and max­i­mizes pri­vacy. The bed­room wing (lo­cated to the right com­ing in from the front en­trance) houses a bed­room with wa­ter view, a four-piece bath and bed­room off the foyer — plus a novel (and very handy) fea­ture.

“See­ing as the laun­dry room is down­stairs, we thought it would be neat to in­clude a small laun­dry room in the de­sign of the main floor. We call it an ex­press laun­dry room. It’s got a stack­able washer and dryer, and is a great spot to duck in and do a quick load of laun­dry with­out hav­ing to go down­stairs,” said Rob Swan. “It’s great if you’re on the run, or have guests.”

Across the way — in a wing all by it­self — is the mas­ter suite, which qual­i­fies as a true, lux­u­ri­ous re­treat.

“It’s ba­si­cally got it all,” he said. “You’ve got the wa­ter view through the wall-wide pic­ture win­dow in a huge bed­room that’s to­tally sep­a­rated from the en­suite. You then walk down an ac­tual hall­way to the en­suite, which fea­tures a six-foot soaker tub tucked away next to a wrap­around wall that in­creases pri­vacy, a five-foot tem­pered glass/ tile shower, (light) taupe heated-tile floor and a big walk-in closet loaded with built-in (por­to­bello) maple stor­age units plus a tran­som win­dow for light.”

Last but not least is a mas­sive walk-out base­ment that fea­tures a sun­room (with taupe cork floor) next to two huge win­dows at its rear, a me­dia area, games area with wet bar, two more bed­rooms (both with wa­ter views; one has a walk-in closet) and all kinds of stor­age space.”

“This is a stylish yet prac­ti­cal home that of­fers space, great views and a cool fea­ture around al­most ev­ery cor­ner,” con­cluded Rob Swan.

A mas­sive walk-out base­ment fea­tures a sun­room, a

me­dia area and games area with wet bar.

The bed­room wing houses a bed­room with wa­ter view, a

four-piece bath and bed­room off the foyer.

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