Room to live & play
Light-filled East St. Paul show home spacious, elegant
The surroundings complement all the inherent function with plenty of fashion. Instead of dark hardwoods, Koop and his design team went with whitewashed oak hardwoods, which run throughout the great room. The kitchen’s island and countertops are white quartz, while the cabinetry is stained a dark portobello shade to contrast with the countertops and beige tile backsplash.
The neighbouring family room’s focal point is two-pronged: a ribbon-style fireplace with flat-panel TV in its own niche above, and the water/countryside view afforded by the picture window.
Head downstairs to the walk-out lower level and there’s another 1,700 square feet of livable space to enjoy. Like the great room, it’s a bright, wide-open and well-finished space.
“Eight windows along the rear wall let in the view and all kinds of light, and the rec room was laid out so the owner could use it in the way they felt it suited them best,” Koop said. “It’s a simple yet functional design that’s very livable.”
With an open media area (with 100-inch screen set next to four huge windows), centre-oriented games area, an eating/games area next to a ribbon-style gas fireplace and a recessed, foyer-like area with two windows and a door that leads to a covered patio out back, the rec room is ideal for entertaining or family life.
A private wing houses two large bedrooms (one with a water view) and a full bath. It’s an area suited for teens or guests. Space, light, style and function are omnipresent.
“People who’ve viewed the home have pretty much all come down here and said, ‘Whoa!’ There’s a lot more home here than they thought,” he said. “There’s over 3,600 square feet of space to enjoy. The walk-out lower level doesn’t feel at all like a basement.”
Upstairs, in the home’s other key space, is the luxurious master suite. “It’s a huge space that’s bright, provides a beautiful water view and offers an ensuite that has a rustic theme,” Koop said.
“It’s fronted by a barn door that gives you privacy and a different look,” he noted. “There’s a six-foot soaker tub set in plankstyle ceramic flooring, a six-foot shower and a massive vanity with dual sinks and a centre storage tower set in a cultured-stone feature wall. We also put a three-part transom window above the tub (instead of a standard obscured glass window) to let in light, yet retain privacy.”
The deceptively simple yet fashionable design of 8 Willowside proves less can indeed be more when it comes to designing a home that’s as functional as fashionable.
This new 1,900-square-foot home in Countryside Crossing, East St. Paul, was designed for livability.
A ribbon-style fireplace with flat-panel TV are the focal
points in the family room.
The luxurious master suite is bright and provides a
beautiful view of the water outside.
The bright walk-out lower level measures 1,700 square
feet and features an open media area.