Log­i­cal liv­ing

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES -

Be­cause Avanti is an af­fil­i­ate of Ran­dall Homes, 9 Wheel­wright comes stan­dard with two other highly de­sir­able fea­tures: a log­i­cal, liv­able lay­out and a col­lec­tion of huge, wellplaced Jeld-Wen win­dows that al­low nat­u­ral light to stream in from vir­tu­ally ev­ery an­gle. “I think the first thing that hits you about the home is how ef­fi­cient the lay­out is. The foyer is gen­er­ous, and the great room is open, yet each space is nicely de­fined,” he said. “There’s very lit­tle wasted space, if any.”

Al­though the home is “just” 1,540 sq. ft., it feels more spa­cious than its listed square footage. That feel can be at­trib­uted to two things: a good sense of pro­por­tion and in­tu­itive place­ment of key ameni­ties, such as the kitchen’s island. At ap­prox­i­mately six feet by three feet in size — it comes equipped with a dou­ble sink and seat­ing for two at its eat­ing nook — it’s big enough to pro­vide util­ity but small enough to be un­ob­tru­sive. Be­ing set at an an­gle and fea­tur­ing an­gled ends, its de­sign opens up the kitchen’s in­te­rior and in­creases aisle width. It also doesn’t project out too far, leav­ing from for a gen­er­ous din­ing area for six to 12.

Then, there’s the lit­eral wall of win­dows that spans from the din­ing area into the fam­ily room, said Stroud. “Tons of light streams in from a huge win­dow and pa­tio door next to the din­ing area, as well as two big win­dows on the fam­ily room’s rear wall,” he said. “More light comes in from a large win­dow over the lower-level stair­well (to the right of the foyer), too. The re­sult is a great room that’s easy to move around in. The island de­fines the kitchen, and the (op­tional) fire­place de­fines the liv­ing room. It’s just a

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