Posh but prac­ti­cal

Bridg­wa­ter Lakes show home lux­u­ri­ous, liv­able

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

DE­SIGN­ING a show home is no easy task. Which is to say, from a builder’s point of view, it’s al­ways a chal­lenge to find just the right bal­ance be­tween lux­ury and prac­ti­cal­ity. On the one hand, you want to show con­sumers what you can do. On the other, you don’t want to doll up a home so much that style trumps sub­stance.

Thank­fully, the de­sign team at Kens­ing­ton Homes kept that tenet in mind when they con­ceived the Cy­press II, a 2,361-sq.-ft., two-storey de­sign at 175 Lake Bend Rd. in Bridg­wa­ter Lakes. While the home is filled with a host of lux­u­ri­ous fea­tures it is, above all, live­able.

“The feed­back about this home has been ab­so­lutely great,” said Kens­ing­ton’s sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for 175 Lake Bend, Sa­bie Brar. “The way the home has been de­signed, it’s ideal for both a grow­ing fam­ily and for en­ter­tain­ing. The floor plan is ex­cel­lent from top to bot­tom, and the fin­ishes are, in a word, lux­u­ri­ous.”

Prac­ti­cal­ity and lux­ury greet you the mo­ment you step into the foyer, which fea­tures a soar­ing ceil­ing. With a huge win­dow above, a wide foyer with off-white tile floor and a stair­case (to the left) with maple rail­ing and tem­pered glass in­serts, the in­te­rior theme is one of warmth, bright­ness and space, the lat­ter fea­ture am­pli­fied by a for­mal din­ing room set to the right of the hall­way that leads to the great room. No feel­ing of be­ing closed in here.

That open feel is on dis­play in a great room that has as much func­tion as it has fash­ion. Its fo­cal point is un­de­ni­able: an eye-catch­ing en­ter­tain­ment unit in the fam­ily room.

“Cul­tured stone sur­rounds the fire­place, is a back­drop for the flat-panel TV and tracks up the wall above the fire­place and TV,” said Brar. “It’s ab­so­lutely spec­tac­u­lar, with float­ing shelv­ing and a maple-trimmed stor­age unit be­low. To the left is a col­lec­tion of win­dows that go about two-thirds the way up the wall. That’s a lot of glass be­cause the ceil­ing is 17 feet high.”

The best part about the Cy­press II’s great room is it isn’t just one hu­mungous space with three dif­fer­ent spa­ces placed hap­haz­ardly within it. To com­bat that, the dinette area was placed be­tween the kitchen and great room ad­ja­cent to pa­tio doors that not only pro­vide ac­cess to a back­yard deck, but al­low more nat­u­ral light to stream in­side.

An an­gled is­land with seat­ing for two and a raised eat­ing bar then de­fines the kitchen, cre­at­ing a space that flows as good as it looks.

“The is­land is just the right size and even hides the sink if you hap­pen to have dishes in it. I also like the floor­ing choice: mi­rage maple hard­woods that have a dis­tressed, an­tique look with a dark honey maple stain that makes for a nice in-be­tween tone,” Brar said.

The floor­ing is com­ple­mented beau­ti­fully by the fin­ishes in the kitchen, he added.

“It’s not only a prac­ti­cally-de­signed space, but the fin­ishes are also gor­geous — cap­puc­cino maple shaker cab­i­nets (loads of them), a (grey/taupe/beige) tile back­splash and choco­late brown gran­ite coun­ter­tops. Another prac­ti­cal fea­ture is a space be­hind the kitchen that con­tains a (vis­itable) pow­der room, land­ing with closet and a door for ac­cess to the at­tached garage. It’s a space that’s out of the way, and that of­fers a lot of util­ity. The for­mal din­ing room can be used for en­ter­tain­ing or as a flex space.”

Head­ing up­stairs is an ex­tra-wide stair­case bor­dered by dark maple rail­ing with tem­pered glass in­serts, and there’s more flex space to the right of the stairs in the form of a bright, spa­cious loft.

“Most peo­ple keep it — it tends to be the most-used space in the home,” Brar said, adding the sec­ond-floor laun­dry room next to the loft is also a pop­u­lar — and prac­ti­cal — de­sign fea­ture. “If need be, it could be a fourth bed­room, too. Most peo­ple use it as a TV room or study area.”

Mean­while, the bed­room wing is a study in spa­cious econ­omy; three bed­rooms and a four-piece bath fan out around the hall­way in oh-so-ef­fi­cient fash­ion.

“The two sec­ondary (bed­rooms) are good­sized with big win­dows and dou­ble clos­ets but it’s the mas­ter suite that steals the show,” he said. “It’s ex­tra-wide to of­fer plenty of space to work with and has a tray ceil­ing, big pic­ture win­dow and a (tex­tured) choco­late brown wall­pa­per fea­ture wall be­hind the bed. The en­suite is huge and lux­u­ri­ous, with a heated tile floor, cor­ner jet­ted tub (with tile sur­round and two win­dows above ei­ther side, and a five-foot shower. The walk-in closet is a dream closet with its his/hers con­cept and built-in laun­dry bas­ket and draw­ers.”

With just over 1,000-sq.-ft. of space to de­velop down­stairs (which would trans­late into a fourth bed­room, rec room, the­atre room, three-piece bath and stor­age) — mak­ing for a home that of­fers more than 3,300-sq.-ft. of live­able space spread out over three lev­els — the Cy­press II is draw­ing rave re­views, said Brar.

“Feed­back about the home has been great,” he said. “It’s dif­fi­cult to find a fam­ily-ori­ented home that of­fers bet­ter value. The space, lay­out and style that it brings to the ta­ble is very hard to beat.”

The ex­tra-wide mas­ter suite of­fers plenty of space to work with and has a tray ceil­ing, big pic­ture win­dow and

a tex­tured choco­late brown wall­pa­per fea­ture wall.

The en­suite is huge and lux­u­ri­ous, with a heated tile floor, cor­ner jet­ted tub with tile sur­round and two win­dows above ei­ther side, and a five-foot shower.

The for­mal din­ing room can be used for ei­ther en­ter­tain­ing or as a flex space.

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