The Am­bas­sador built for fam­ily liv­ing on ev­ery level

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - NEW HOMES - By Todd Lewys

SAY what you will, but when it comes to fam­ily liv­ing, few homes of­fer what well­con­ceived cab-over de­signs do: a spa­cious, ef­fi­cient and fam­ily-friendly lay­out.

No­tice that the key phrase here is “well-con­ceived”. If a cab-over de­sign is slapped to­gether in a hap­haz­ard man­ner, it sim­ply amounts to sev­eral dif­fer­ent lev­els of liv­ing space and a dis­jointed home. Put some thought into the de­sign and it can be a ver­sa­tile home, which is ex­actly what grow­ing fam­i­lies need.

A prime ex­am­ple of this is one of Ven­tura Custom Homes’ lat­est de­signs, The Am­bas­sador, an 1,880-square-foot show home at 64 John An­gus Drive in the Waver­ley West com­mu­nity of South Pointe.

With four dis­tinct lev­els — a de­vel­oped base­ment (more on that later), sunken foyer, main floor and mas­ter suite perched on its own dis­tinct level well above the fray — The Am­bas­sador’s de­sign deftly ac­com­plishes some­thing that bun­ga­low and two-storey de­signs can’t ac­com­plish quite as well: the abil­ity to com­part­men­tal­ize life, all in one spa­cious pack­age.

From the mo­ment you step in­side, the home feels a good deal larger than its listed square footage — on all lev­els. Ven­tura’s sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Quest Res­i­den­tial Real Es­tate’s Paul Sal­tel, ex­plains why.

“First, on the main level, our de­sign­ers went with vaulted ceil­ings. When you com­bine that with go­ing with large win­dows that let in all kinds of light and al­ready large rooms, the area feels much larger. It’s the same in the lower level; the ceil­ings there are nine feet and the win­dows (three in to­tal) are very big. There’s so much day­light down there, it doesn’t feel like a lower level at all.”

While room to move is one of The Am­bas­sador’s ob­vi­ous strengths — there’s lots of it, no mat­ter where you go — the var­i­ous spa­ces are also well-de­fined. For ex­am­ple, the wide, sunken foyer is an en­tity all its own, with a re­cessed bench to take your shoes off in ad­di­tion to a dou­ble coat closet and garage en­trance.

Go up sev­eral steps to the main level and you find a front-ori­ented din­ing room/sit­ting room com­bi­na­tion that’s neatly di­vided from the kitchen/fam­ily room area by a three-quar­ter wall that al­lows light from the win­dows in the is­land kitchen to fil­ter into the din­ing room area. Then there’s a sep­a­rate wing off the din­ing room that holds two secondary bed­rooms and the main (four-piece) bath­room.

Yet ac­cess is seam­less, thanks to wide hall­ways and buf­fer ar­eas in be­tween spa­ces. The re­sult is the best of both worlds: space and seclu­sion.

“That’s why we’ve sold this de­sign to so many fam­i­lies — you can en­ter­tain in the home, spend time to­gether as a fam­ily or go do your own thing,” Sal­tel says. “You get a lot of great fea­tures for your money here. Peo­ple are al­ways sur­prised by how lit­tle it costs for the great floor plan and so much space. Par­ents par­tic­u­larly en­joy the pri­vate mas­ter bed­room.”

Pri­vate, in­deed: As­cend seven steps, and you’re in a world of your own. Not a bad thing af­ter a hard day at work — or try­ing to con­trol en­er­getic preschool­ers — to have your own space and lux­ury to en­joy.

“Again, there’s lot of space — a king-size mas­ter suite with large walk-in closet and a lux­u­ri­ous en­suite,” Sal­tel says. “Be­ing on your own floor, you can get away from it all in a deluxe en­suite with a cor­ner whirlpool tub (set in a beige ce­ramic-tile sur­round un­der­neath a large, ob­scured-glass win­dow) and neo-an­gle shower. There’s even room for a read­ing area by the big (bay) win­dow.”

Should the fam­ily want to spend some time to­gether, a cou­ple of op­tions are avail­able: an open-con­cept kitchen/fam­ily room area, or (in the case of the show home) a fully de­vel­oped lower level. On the main level, there’s room aplenty in the an­gled is­land kitchen, which has an eat­ing nook for three and a dinette area (by three big vertical win­dows) for four to six.

Mean­while, the fam­ily room fea­tures an­other huge win­dow, cor­ner gas fire­place and the afore­men­tioned vaulted ceil­ing.

“The great thing about this de­sign is you get more dol­lar value per square foot than in a bun­ga­low or two-storey. It al­lows for a big, eat-in is­land kitchen and spa­cious fam­ily room, a liv­ing room/din­ing room (or flex room) and large sec­ond and third bed­rooms — all on the main floor,” Sal­tel adds. “And with all the large win­dows, the in­te­rior is nice and bright.”

The same goes for the de­vel­oped lower level, which of­fers close to an­other 1,000 square feet of liv­able space that in­cludes games and me­dia ar­eas, a fourth bed­room or den, fourpiece bath­room and lots of stor­age.

“The Am­bas­sador is an ef­fi­cient, spa­cious and stylish de­sign that lends it­self well to fam­ily life,” Sal­tel con­cludes. “It’s hard to beat the value that it of­fers. That’s why it’s one of our best-sell­ing homes.”

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