Sleek& stylish

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

WHEN a new home de­sign is char­ac­ter­ized as clean and lin­ear, it might be per­ceived as bor­ing. Just be­cause a home doesn’t hit you with a huge wow fac­tor the mo­ment you walk in doesn’t mean its in­te­rior lacks panache. In­deed, some of the most at­trac­tive homes are ones with sub­tle, func­tional de­signs that be­come in­creas­ingly stylish. You just have to take the time to let it sink in.

One such home is 82 Water­stone Dr., a 2,989-square-foot., two-storey Hunt­ing­ton Homes de­sign found in South Pointe’s new­est dis­play home quad­rant.

“We’ve got great feed­back on the home from vis­i­tors,” said Rob Swan. “The idea was to cre­ate a home that had clean lines and was con­tem­po­rary and mod­ern. At the same time, our de­sign team wanted to en­sure it wasn’t cold. Ev­ery­one who’s been in the home has said the same thing — while it’s a mod­ern de­sign, it’s also warm and peace­ful. That was what we were af­ter.”

He added the invit­ing in­te­rior feel is the re­sult of a con­certed ef­fort to out­fit each space with a suit­able com­bi­na­tion of fin­ish­ing ma­te­ri­als.

“I would say the home has a va­ri­ety of great fea­tures that blend to­gether to cre­ate that warm, peace­ful feel,” he said. “Of course, the first pri­or­ity is to de­sign a floor plan that func­tions well. Once that’s achieved, you sur­round it with fin­ishes that com­ple­ment the floor plan, and take the home’s liv­abil­ity to the high­est pos­si­ble level.”

That high level of liv­abil­ity starts in the foyer. At ap­prox­i­mately six me­tres by three me­tres — with a (60 cm) grey porce­lain tile floor — its an el­e­gant, func­tional space.

An ex­tra-wide eight-foot en­trance de­fined by dis­tressed fir beams on ei­ther side and above pro­vides seam­less ac­cess into a great room that’s wide open, yet sub­tly di­vided into four zones: kitchen, dinette area, fam­ily room and sun­room.

The view at the rear of the great room will cap­ture your at­ten­tion.

“When you have such a beau­ti­ful wa­ter fea­ture be­hind the home, you ab­so­lutely have to cap­ture it, and I think we did,” said Swan. “We ba­si­cally put a wall of win­dows across the rear wall to pro­vide a near panoramic view of the wa­ter. To am­plify the view even more, we put in a sun­room/sit­ting area be­hind the din­ing room with four win­dows and a door to an el­e­vated deck. That way, you can en­joy the view both in­side and out.”

If the great room in 82 Water­stone were to be de­scribed in just one word, it would have to be bal­ance be­cause each space is well-pro­por­tioned. The din­ing area next to the kitchen – which is de­fined by a bulk­head above that fea­tures seven pot­lights — holds a ta­ble for 10. The kitchen is de­fined by a rec­tan­gu­lar is­land with wal­nut base, white quartz coun­ter­top and raised (taupe quartz) eat­ing bar, while a three-part pic­ture win­dow on the rear wall de­fines the fam­ily room.

Mean­while, the fin­ishes that run through and around the great room, while both tra­di­tional and mod­ern in theme, share a com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor, he added.

“Tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als like the wal­nut bases used for the is­land and dry bar and dis­tressed wide-plank (en­gi­neered) oak hard­wood floors add warmth, while the com­bi­na­tion of glossy white cab­i­nets and brick fea­ture walls in the kitchen and fam­ily room cre­ate a look that’s con­tem­po­rary, yet warm. The brick wall in the kitchen re­ally makes the white cab­i­nets pop, while the wall in the fam­ily room serves as a gor­geous back­drop for the TV and (rib­bon­style) fire­place.”

The home’s up­per level — ac­cessed via a wide, an­gled stair­case with tem­pered-glass in­serts to cre­ate an open feel — fea­tures a gen­er­ous land­ing, three bed­rooms and a laun­dry room at the end of the hall­way. While both sec­ondary bed­rooms are im­pres­sive with their size, huge win­dows and walkin clos­ets — it’s the master suite that steals the show.

“It’s a gor­geous space with its dou­ble en­trance, three win­dows on the back wall for a view of the wa­ter be­low, oak hard­woods and TV niche,” said Swan.

“The en­suite fea­tures a huge shower with two rain shower heads, two hand-held shower heads and tem­per­a­ture/pres­sure con­trolled plum­bing. We put a wal­nut back­drop be­hind the free-stand­ing (air jet) soaker tub for a rich, dif­fer­ent look. A walk-in closet adds tons of stor­age space for wardrobe.”

Head down­stairs, and there’s about 1,400 sq. ft. of bright walk-out lower level to en­joy: a rec room with a wa­ter view (via seven win­dows), games area (with wet bar), sun­room with door to a cov­ered pa­tio, open me­dia area — plus a fourth bed­room (with wa­ter view) and ad­ja­cent three-piece bath.

“Like the main floor, the lower level — which fea­tures steel-beam con­struc­tion to open it up — is bright and warm thanks to the win­dows and struc­tural wood floor. It’s ideal for en­ter­tain­ing or just hang­ing out with the fam­ily. It’s a sim­ple — and spec­tac­u­lar de­sign — that gets the bal­ance be­tween style and func­tion just right.”

Nearly 1,400 square feet of liv­ing space is found in the

walk-out lower level.

The great room is bal­anced, well-pro­por­tioned and de­fined by a bulk­head that fea­tures seven pot­lights.

The tem­pered glass on the wide, an­gled stair­case cre­ates an open feel.

The kitchen fea­tures white quartz coun­ter­top.

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