At­ten­tion-grab­ber de­liv­ers on ev­ery level

Spa­cious fam­ily home de­signed for en­ter­tain­ment, easy liv­ing

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

TH­ESE days, it’s not un­usual for new home­buy­ers to want sev­eral homes rolled into one. Which is to say they want a home that’s ideal for (the list can be end­less) fam­ily liv­ing and en­ter­tain­ing, is open-con­cept in na­ture, yet has its fair share of def­i­ni­tion. Oh, and it has to be in a good lo­ca­tion, too.

Suf­fice it to say, there’s no such thing as The Per­fect Home. How­ever, one of the lat­est show homes from Ran­dall Homes goes a long way to­ward meet­ing those di­verse (and very real) needs.

The Manch­ester can be found at 35 Ed­ing­ton Point in cen­trally-lo­cated Bridgewater For­est.

“This home is a very func­tional, ef­fi­cient de­sign,” says Menno Friesen of Realty Ex­ec­u­tives, sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Ran­dall Homes (along with Dave Mick) for 35 Ed­ing­ton. “It’s a won­der­ful de­sign full of great fea­tures con­tained in a floor plan that wastes very lit­tle in the way of space.”

Due to its well-con­ceived floor plan, the home — al­ready an ex­pan­sive 2,329 sq. ft. spread out over two lev­els — feels even larger than the listed square footage. That feel­ing of space starts in an ex­tra-wide (and long) foyer (with 17-foot ceil­ing) that pro­vides seam­less ac­cess to the vo­lu­mi­nous great room. It’s here that the space and com­mon-sense floor plan merge to cre­ate a fam­ily home de­signed for easy liv­ing.

Three fea­tures in par­tic­u­lar stand out: a walk-through pantry; the huge, func­tional is­land kitchen; and in­tel­li­gent laun­dry/mud­room de­sign.

“They’re sub­tle, but there are a lot of great fea­tures here, such as the but­ler pantry in the kitchen, which lets you walk straight through to the din­ing room when you’re en­ter­tain­ing. Then, there’s the laun­dry/mud­room off the garage that has a low­ered land­ing to ac­com­mo­date en­try to the garage — there are no steps up and in. And the laun­dry room is only steps away off the liv­ing room,” says Friesen.

Next is a kitchen that is suited to the rigours of both en­ter­tain­ing and feed­ing a large fam­ily pop­u­lated with rav­en­ous teens.

“Just look at the space in the dinette area. There’s tons of room for a ta­ble that seats four or more. That’s be­cause the (stan­dard maple) cab­i­nets don’t line the wall in back. You can put in a big­ger ta­ble, if that’s what you need. Or, if you need more stor­age space, you can add cab­i­nets,” says Friesen. “There’s also ad­di­tional seat­ing at the is­land. That makes it a great area for en­ter­tain­ing or fam­ily din­ners.”

The kitchen is di­vided from the liv­ing room by a Ran­dall trade­mark, a one-third-height dis­play unit with maple cap­ping. On the other side is a liv­ing room with a soar­ing ceil­ing, its fo­cal point be­ing a cul­tured-stone fire­place with an an­gu­lar, beige ce­ramic tile treat­ment climb­ing the wall to ceil­ing height. Large win­dows and tons of space make for a bright, roomy area to gather af­ter din­ner.

“Peo­ple al­ways stop to take the room in when they first see it,” he says. “The big win­dows, cul­tured stone and ce­ramic tile over the fire­place — and all the room — re­ally grab their at­ten­tion.”

Mean­while, an­other at­ten­tion-grab­ber awaits up­stairs: a loft area with no fewer than three win­dows.

“It can be what­ever you want — a sit­ting room, of­fice, me­dia room or bed­room. Most peo­ple choose to keep it as a loft-type area, with about two-thirds go­ing that way, and the other third as a bed­room. If you have a big fam­ily, it can be eas­ily closed off to serve as a fourth bed­room,” says Friesen.

While the two secondary bed­rooms are no­table for their size, stor­age ca­pac­ity and huge win­dows, it’s the mas­ter suite that grabs the head­lines here. Be­leagured par­ents will ap­pre­ci­ate sev­eral fea­tures. First, it’s set off well apart from the other bed­rooms. Sec­ond, a col­lec­tion of three win­dows makes for a bright, cheery (and big) space to un­wind in. Last, but not least, there’s the en­suite.

“One unique fea­ture with the en­suite is that it has two win­dows to let light flow in,” says Friesen. “And with an oval soaker tub (set stylishly in beige ce­ramic tile), shower and gran­ite and maple van­ity, it pro­vides you with all the func­tion, lux­ury and pri­vacy you need.”

There are sev­eral other things to note about The Manch­ester. First and fore­most, it’s a Power Smart gold home. And with over 800 sq. ft. of liv­able space down­stairs, the home to­tals out at over 3,000 sq. ft.

“The de­sign­ers at Ran­dall re­ally pay at­ten­tion to de­tail and try to de­liver great value with ev­ery home they build,” he says. “This is a won­der­ful fam­ily home that de­liv­ers on ev­ery level — style, func­tion and value.”

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