The wow fac­tor

Bridg­wa­ter Lakes home starts and fin­ishes with a bang

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

WHEN you’re a vis­i­tor en­ter­ing a home, your ex­pec­ta­tions for the foyer are ba­si­cally low to non-ex­is­tent. Which is to say, you might be hop­ing there will be enough space to shed your jacket and shoes (or, all too soon, winter boots) without feel­ing like you’re try­ing to dis­robe in a phone booth. Other than that, a foyer is a foyer, right?

Well, not quite. In the case of 179 Lake Bend Rd. in Bridg­wa­ter Lakes — a.k.a. the Rosanna, a new, 2,520-square-foot, two-storey de­sign — Hil­ton Homes’ de­sign team de­cided to start the home off with a heap­ing help­ing of wow fac­tor.

“It cer­tainly is a bit of a jaw-drop­per,” said Hil­ton’ Spencer Cur­tis. “We wanted to make sure the home’s en­trance wasn’t just more of the same old, same old that peo­ple tend to see in show homes — you know, a front en­trance that’s func­tional but generic.”

No need to worry about en­gen­der­ing feel­ings of in­dif­fer­ence here: a 17-foot by 12-foot din­ing room — com­plete with a ceil­ing that fea­tures a waf­fle grid de­sign with or­nate chan­de­lier in its cen­tre — ush­ers you into the home in spa­cious, well-ap­pointed style be­neath a 10-foot ceil­ing.

Once you’ve had a chance to ab­sorb the din­ing room, two more strik­ing de­sign fea­tures jump out at you: a cen­tre stair­case that me­an­ders jaun­tily up to the se­cond level and a door­way that reveals a handy fea­ture that’s at once strik­ing and func­tional.

“We put a but­ler’s pantry in be­tween the din­ing room and kitchen. It’s a great place to serve din­ner from, and kind of fore­shad­ows what you’re go­ing to see in the kitchen with its seashell and nut­meg cab­i­nets, (grey) quartz coun­ter­tops and tile back­splash,” said Cur­tis. “The wall in the mid­dle then beau­ti­fully frames the stair­case and neatly seg­ments the foyer from the great room. You can only see a bit of it from the foyer. That cre­ates a bit of an air of mys­tery about what the great room is go­ing to look like.”

Hil­ton’s sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for 179 Lake Bend (he shares du­ties with RE/MAX Ex­ec­u­tives’ Kim Fyles), Cen­tury 21 car­rie.com’s Rick Mazur, said there’s an­other fea­ture that cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of both Fall Pa­rade of Homes pa­trons and judges (the Rosanna won a Fall Pa­rade gold medal).

“The foyer is tiled so it will stand up to the el­e­ments,” he said. “From there, Tiger Wood floors run through the hall­way and en­tire great room. It makes for a spec­tac­u­lar look that’s bright, warm and rich all at once.”

While the great room is an open-con­cept de­sign, it isn’t overtly open. Rather, the back wall was stag­gered and an­gled to create not only a dif­fer­ent look, but a real sense of sep­a­ra­tion. The kitchen is de­fined neatly by a mid-sized is­land, while the dinette area — it’s far from small, eas­ily hold­ing a cir­cu­lar ta­ble for four — is in its own des­ig­nated area next to two huge win­dows.

From there, the wall comes in­ward — it’s been out­fit­ted with a huge pic­ture win­dow — a fea­ture that de­mar­cates the fam­ily room, whose fo­cal point is a gas fire­place with a bronzy/grey porce­lain tile sur­round. It’s a mid-sized space that of­fers the am­bi­ence ideal for en­ter­tain­ing com­pany après-din­ner: an area that’s spa­cious yet in­ti­mate, and em­anates a warm feel­ing from the rich fin­ish­ing ma­te­ri­als.

The goal was the same in the kitchen, added Cur­tis.

“Our fo­cus was on de­sign­ing a space that not only looked great, but that was highly func­tional, too,” he said. “The is­land is a nice size but not too big, so it func­tions well as a prepa­ra­tion area, but doesn’t get in the way. We wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent with the cab­i­netry, so we went with seashell (maple) cab­i­nets up high and nut­meg (maple) cab­i­nets be­low. Grey quartz coun­ter­tops and a (beige/tan/taupe) tile back­splash com­ple­ment the cab­i­nets very nicely.”

Then, comes a very wel­come bonus — a sun­room off the fam­ily room that can be ac­cessed via an an­gled door­way.

“It has a door to the back­yard deck, a grey tile floor and big win­dow that al­lows lots of light to flood in — it’s a great space that’s ideal for en­ter­tain­ing or just re­lax­ing read­ing a book.”

Head­ing up­stairs is a plea­sure due to the feel­ing of space pro­vided not only by the wide stair­case, but the 18-foot ceil­ing above. The master suite, with its an­gled dou­ble door en­trance and vo­lu­mi­nous in­te­rior, is the up­per level’s crown­ing touch.

“Hil­ton’s de­sign team cre­ated a won­der­ful space,” said Mazur. “It fea­tures a gor­geous tray ceil­ing, huge pic­ture win­dow, big walk-in closet (with win­dow), and a beau­ti­ful en­suite with lighter tones that give it a mod­ern feel. It’s a great place to re­lax with its (free stand­ing) bub­ble jet soaker tub, five-foot shower, seashell van­ity and beige tile floor. It also has some an­gles for in­ter­est — it’s not just a fea­ture­less box.”

Two more be­d­rooms — one is al­most the same size as the master — a four-piece bath with soaker tub and faux vinyl hard­wood floor and a laun­dry room at the end of the hall round out the up­per level in func­tional style. An­other 1,200 sq. ft. of liv­able space down­stairs takes the home’s to­tal square footage to 3,700-plus, mak­ing the Rosanna a home that of­fers fam­i­lies the space, style and prac­ti­cal lay­out they need to live — and en­joy — life to the fullest.

PHO­TOS BY BORIS MINKEVICH / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

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