Beauty and brains
Artista’s geothermal show home eye-catching, efficient
RTISTA Homes’ Frank Cotroneo comes straight to the point when asked about what his company’s objective is with each new home they build.
“We want to build homes that will catch peoples’ attention — our goal is to build homes that break new ground in design each time out,” he says. “Our homes are as artistic — and logical — as possible.”
To put an emphasis on logical, Artista built a 2,276-square-foot show home in Bridgwater Forest (at 123 Bridlewood Rd.) that is not only a highly creative design, but an energy-efficient one, as well.
“With the trend toward building ecofriendly homes, we decided to go with a geothermal heating and cooling system,” Cotroneo explains. “Granted, going that route adds another $25,000 to $30,000 to building costs, but it eventually pays for itself, usually in about 10 to 12 years.”
He adds the results have been immediate in terms of lowered heating and cooling costs.
“Putting in the geothermal system had a huge impact on the heating bill this winter. Including the lower level, this is home is over 3,000 sq. ft. Yet, the heating bill has been only $50 a month. That’s amazing.”
So much for the efficient part: Let’s get to the important stuff, which refers to two key areas: the home’s wow factor, and how the home’s function parallels it (or not).
As for wow factor, 123 Bridlewood has
Aplenty of it. The first attention-catcher is an elevated area — divided from a slick European/modern-themed kitchen by a tempered-glass wall — with a stone wall at the rear. “We wanted to attract attention with the stone wall and tempered-glass divider,” says Cotroneo. “I guess it worked, because people just stand in the kitchen and go ‘Wow!’ We accomplished two things with the room — first, we introduced different materials into the home, and we created a secluded loft or reading area that people can really enjoy. You can also see down into the gym below.”
Meanwhile, with its eight-foot CaesarStone island (and countertops), tempered-glass backsplash with lime highlights that bring out the aluminium/glass cabinetry over the stove, charcoal maple cabinetry and handscraped natural maple floors, the kitchen is at once fashion-forward and functional.
“In here, our goal was to take the home to the next level, to make it modern, yet functional. It’s a fine line, though. Even though we want to be innovators, we didn’t want to make is so modern that the area lost functionality,” he says. “To increase functionality, we placed a main floor laundry/ mudroom right off the kitchen. It’s tucked away neatly off the garage entrance, only steps away from the kitchen.”
With a 14-foot ceiling, huge windows and a three-sided fireplace that deftly defines the living room from the dining room, the great room area is not only artistic, but functional.
“It’s what we wanted to achieve — a bright, modern space with clean lines,” Cotroneo adds.
Likewise, the home’s upper level is not only a visual delight, but ergonomically sound. Large families will enjoy an extrawide stairwell (with cool new cable railing system) and generous upper landing — as well as gargantuan bedrooms, highlighted by a luxurious master suite with dramatic double (frosted-glass) door entrance.
“This is a spot where we want people to come to relax,” he says. “Things like a heated ceramic tile floor, big jetted tub and custom-tiled shower with tempered glass surround help you do that in style and privacy. There’s tons of room in the bedroom, as well as a walk-in closet with built-in shelving, including glass shelves with a lime green background.”
While 123 Bridlewood’s main level is openconcept, the lower level was intentionally segmented, says Cotroneo.
“Our thinking there was that people would enjoy having their own section to do their own thing while still being part of the whole experience — there’s an exercise area by a huge window, wet bar, games area, media area (just off the stairs) and a huge bedroom. We’re really proud of the workout area, because it’s a good size, and not dark and dingy. It’s a bright area where you can enjoy your workout.”
In a nutshell, 123 Bridlewood proves — beyond a shadow of a doubt — that creativity
and efficiency can coexist.