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

HOW do you make a pop­u­lar new-home de­sign even bet­ter? By metic­u­lously mod­i­fy­ing the minute de­sign de­tails that have made that model so pop­u­lar with fam­i­lies, said Spencer Cur­tis of Hil­ton Homes. “The de­sign of this home (the Bev­er­ley III) has been re­ally pop­u­lar for us,” he said. “It’s a home that’s been de­signed to fit on a smaller lot, and to come in at a more eco­nom­i­cal start­ing price. As good as its de­sign is, we wanted to give it an even more con­tem­po­rary feel.”

Ac­com­plish­ing that goal en­tailed mak­ing mi­nor de­sign tweaks to both its ex­te­rior and in­te­rior, said Cur­tis. “Get­ting that more con­tem­po­rary feel meant that we had to clean up dome de­sign de­tails both out­side and in­side the home. First, we sim­pli­fied the home’s ex­te­rior look by cre­at­ing deeper over­hangs. Even though those changes were sim­ple, they gave the home a more strik­ing ap­pear­ance.”

In­side, the changes were sim­ple yet sig­nif­i­cant. “In­stead of (ce­ramic) tile, we went with a high-grade lux­ury vinyl tile. The tile in the liv­ing room and fam­ily room gives you the look of hard­woods, while the vinyl tile in the foyer, kitchen and dinette area looks like a rich, (stri­ated) lime­stone. The great thing about this floor­ing is that it’s cheaper than ce­ramic tile of hard­woods, yet it has great tex­ture. It’s also seam­less, so there are no tran­si­tion pieces.”

While the in­spired floor­ing choice cre­ates a lux­u­ri­ous feel that per­me­ates the Bev­er­ley III’s main level, an­other de­sign fea­ture en­sures that the home feels func­tional: a log­i­cal lay­out that makes it ex­cep­tion­ally user-friendly.

At 1,908 square feet, the two-storey home not only of­fers plenty of room to roam, but flow from space to space is ex­cep­tional.

The foyer is wide and wel­com­ing, the din­ing room (to the left of the foyer) is suf­fi­ciently spa­cious at 9.5 feet by 13 feet, and the great room is well-pro­por­tioned with a 9.5-foot-by-12-foot kitchen, 11-foot-by-9.6-foot dinette area — and ex­pan­sive 17.6-foot-by15.4-foot fam­ily room.

“The over­all idea was to cre­ate a nice, gen­er­ous fam­ily home,” Cur­tis said. “There’s a big, sep­a­rate din­ing room, light-filled dinette and a spa­cious, func­tional kitchen to cre­ate gourmet meals in. And the huge fam­ily room is per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing.” In essence, the great room is a per­fect blend of style and func­tion.

The kitchen, which fea­tures two-tone (light/dark) ther­mo­foil cab­i­nets (and mod, stacked Euro-style cab­i­nets), a taupe tile back­splash, white quartz coun­ter­tops and mid-sized is­land with break­fast ledge, is well-ap­pointed, yet highly nav­i­ga­ble; the dinette area is bright and spa­cious thanks to a built-out bay win­dow area that si­mul­ta­ne­ously adds space and in­creases light flow.

Mean­while, the ad­ja­cent fam­ily room fea­tures a sim­ple, yet spec­tac­u­lar de­sign.

“It of­fers a soar­ing, two-storey-high ceil­ing and a big, stylish pic­ture win­dow that lets in tons of nat­u­ral light,” he said. “The Euro cab­i­nets in the kitchen ac­tu­ally mir­ror the de­sign of the pic­ture win­dow, and we also put in an en­ter­tain­ment unit with big TV niche next to a gas fire­place with cul­tured stone sur­round. We wanted to keep the fam­ily room sim­ple so it had an ideal bal­ance of light, space and style.”

The Bev­er­ley III’s main level also con­tains an added el­e­ment of func­tion­al­ity found in a wing placed to the right of the foyer. “It con­tains two very handy fea­tures — a two-piece bath and laun­dry room. They’re tucked away nicely, but are still very ac­ces­si­ble.”

Ad­di­tional style and func­tion can be found in the stair­case that leads to the home’s sec­ond level. “We did two things with to make it bet­ter,” Cur­tis said. “First, we put in cutouts filled with tem­pered glass to in­crease light flow up to the sec­ond floor, in­clud­ing a cou­ple of ex­tra cut-outs at the top of the stairs that catch light com­ing in from the front door. Sec­ond, we stained the oak cap­ping with a spe­cial (honey/cin­na­mon) stain, an up­grade that’s worth­while be­cause it gives it a nice, rich look.”

Space, light and sub­tle style are the or­der of the day through­out the Bev­er­ley III’s up­per level, which con­tains three over­sized bed­rooms and a spa­cious main bath. “Both sec­ondary bed­rooms are a very good size at 9.6 feet by 13.2 feet each, while the mas­ter suite is ab­so­lutely huge at 19 feet by nearly 16 feet. We also put a large win­dow next to the mas­ter so that the hall­way lead­ing into it would be nice and bright.”

Set away from the other bed­rooms down it’s own hall­way, the mas­ter suite is a supremely pri­vate space that fea­tures a unique stag­gered rear wall de­sign that al­lows for two sets of win­dows, while adding space. Ameni­ties, like space, are plen­ti­ful, too, said Cur­tis. “It comes with a good-sized walk-in closet as well as a long, deep en­suite with shower, (taupe) lux­ury vinyl tile floor and long van­ity. We kept this one sim­ple, but you could change its con­fig­u­ra­tion so you could put in a shower with jet­ted tub — and a shorter van­ity.”

The lower level of­fers ap­prox­i­mately 610 sq. ft. of liv­able space, mak­ing for a home that would give an ac­tive fam­ily more than 2,500 sq. ft. of to­tal space to in­habit. “This home of­fers great space, style and func­tion, and, with more ba­sic fin­ishes, could be pur­chased for about $420,000 (in­clud­ing lot and net GST),” he said. “It’s a great fam­ily home no mat­ter what which op­tions you choose.”

PHO­TOS BY MIKE DEAL / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

The dinette area is bright and spa­cious.

The large mas­ter bed­room is a per­fect re­treat.

The gourmet kitchen with ther­mo­foil cab­i­nets.

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