Con­tem­po­rary mas­ter­piece

Charleswood two-storey move-in ready

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

THESE days — ac­cord­ing to a re­cent poll — the top pri­or­ity for home buy­ers is a home must be movein ready. Con­se­quently, al­though a home might be rel­a­tively con­tem­po­rary at 15 or 20-years-old, it may not be in turnkey con­di­tion; it all de­pends on how proac­tive out­go­ing own­ers have been in up­dat­ing it. If it hasn’t been brought up to speed style-wise, there’s chance it could scream 1995 with oak cab­i­nets, gold switch plates and stip­pled ceil­ings. (cin­na­mon-tinted) maple cab­i­nets; they go beau­ti­fully with the tile floor, and a dark tile back­splash. When you com­bine those fea­tures with oth­ers such as el­e­gant base­board trim, two-panel doors with lev­ered han­dles and painted rather than stip­pled ceil­ings, you have a won­der­ful, mod­ern fam­ily home.”

Those fin­ishes are aug­mented nicely by a floor plan that’s bright, spa­cious and nav­i­ga­ble. Al­though the home isn’t as wide open as many of to­day’s open-con­cept de­signs, flow is good be­cause key spa­ces — kitchen and fam­ily room as well as din­ing room/liv­ing room — that, while de­fined, still open nicely on to each other. “There’s tons of room for a fam­ily to move around, yet the spa­ces are de­fined. One open-con­cept area (at the rear of the home) in­cor­po­rates the a kitchen/dinette area into it on one side, with the fam­ily room on the other,” De Leeuw ex­plained. “The din­ing room and liv­ing room (just steps from the kitchen) also open on to each other, mak­ing for an area that flows just beau­ti­fully.”

A wealth of well-placed win­dows in both ar­eas also makes for a nat­u­rally bright home, too. “No mat­ter what space you’re in on the main floor, it never lacks in nat­u­ral light,” he said. “The dinette area off the kitchen is next to a by win­dow and pa­tio door that let in all kinds of light, and the ad­ja­cent fam­ily room — whose fo­cal point is a gas fire­place with cap­puc­cino tile sur­round — also has a trio of large win­dows on its rear wall. An arched pic­ture win­dow in the liv­ing room and large win­dow be­hind the din­ing room com­bine to make that area nat­u­rally bright, as well.”

Add in a main floor study, two-piece bath and laun­dry room, and you have a home that’s as liv­able as any new home de­sign. “This home’s de­sign is such that it fea­tures an ease of liv­ing that makes it a very func­tional. Noth­ing is ev­ery lack­ing from that stand­point.”

The same could be said for its up­per level, which con­tains four big bed­rooms. “All four bed­rooms, are, to say the least, very gen­er­ously-sized,” said De Leeuw. “The small­est bed­room is 10.6 feet by 9.5 feet, while the oth­ers (one comes with a pair of clos­ets) are 12 feet by 11.6 feet and 14.7 by 10.4 feet. The main bath is also very im­pres­sive with its jet­ted tub, tile floor and maple/gran­ite van­ity

The spa­cious front en­trance as seen from the sec­ond level.

The main floor fam­ily room fea­tures large win­dows and a fire­place.

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