Room to live & play

Light-filled East St. Paul show home spa­cious, el­e­gant

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

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.

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