Per­son­i­fi­ca­tion of lux­ury

Two dis­tinct homes of­fered as grand prizes in HSC lot­tery

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

IF you thought the HSC Foun­da­tion Home Lot­tery out­did it­self last year with its fab­u­lous A & S Homes-de­signed grand prize, think again.

Why’s that? Well, there was only one sumptuous grand prize show home up for grabs in spring 2009. This spring, there are two, and they of­fer very dis­tinct per­son­al­i­ties.

On the one hand, there’s the 4,093-sq.-ft. bun­ga­low at 86 Brook­stone Place in South Pointe with its strik­ing stone fa­cade, gor­geous ce­ramic tile and hard­wood floor­ing, lux­u­ri­ous mas­ter suite spa-like en­suite (with req­ui­site jet­ted tub and frame­less glass shower en­clo­sure) and fin­ished walk-out base­ment with the­atrein­spired me­dia room.

On the other, there’s 90 Brook­stone, a pala­tial, 3,925-sq.-ft., two-storey home with lux­ury spread out over three lev­els fea­tur­ing five bed­rooms, a mag­nif­i­cent great room with soar­ing bulk­head ceil­ing and gourmet kitchen — not to men­tion walk-out base­ment with me­dia area, ex­er­cise room and spec­tac­u­lar mas­ter bed­room with lav­ish en­suite.

Best of all, those who buy tick­ets have a chance to not only win one, but both homes — while pro­vid­ing the HSC Foun­da­tion with an in­fu­sion of fund­ing that will help im­prove med­i­cal care in an im­mea­sur­able way.

A & S Homes Frank Spez­zano says he — and the rest of his col­leagues at A & S — are thrilled to be the builder of choice for the sec­ond straight year.

“We re­ally en­joyed be­ing part of ev­ery­thing last year, and were thrilled when we were asked to be the builder again,” he says. “It’s a great cause, so we did our best to build two homes that were wor­thy of be­ing called a grand prize.”

In short, the two homes are the per­son­i­fi­ca­tion of lux­ury. Spez­zano says the two-storey home at 90 Brook­stone has — fit­tingly — been tagged The Cas­tle.

“For the two homes, we de­cided to go with two vastly dif­fer­ent themes — 90 Brook­stone is a very tra­di­tional de­sign. It’s more seg­mented with big rooms and fea­tures tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als such as white ce­ramic tile floor­ing, black gran­ite counter tops. Yet, the dark and light colour el­e­ments make for a bit of a mod­ern touch.”

Es­sen­tially, the cav­ernous two-storey home is a work of art through­out, from the kitchen, with its white cab­i­nets with finely-detailed pil­lars, to the breath­tak­ing bulk­head ceil­ing and floor-to­ceil­ing win­dows in the liv­ing room to the glass panel wall (with cool stor­age com­part­ments) ad­ja­cent to the din­ing room.

Up­stairs, there’s even more lux­ury, high­lighted by a me­dia/sit­ting area and mas­ter bed­room fit for a king and his queen. Spez­zano says his favourite area is the mas­ter suite’s en­suite.

“I just love it — the dark and light tile, huge tem­pered glass shower en­clo­sure and (rec­tan­gu­lar) tub and dual raised sinks on black gran­ite with Kohler fix­tures. And the ac­cent tile we used (a Cer­atec prod­uct) is a first for the Win­nipeg mar­ket. The qual­ity and tex­ture is in­cred­i­ble,” he says. “And the walk-out lower level is pretty good, too, with its view, ex­er­cise room, open me­dia area and se­cluded guest bed­room. There’s also a pri­vate bed­room for teens who en­joy their own space — as well as their own pri­vate me­dia/study area.”

Next door, mean­while, is a sprawl­ing, open­con­cept bun­ga­low de­signed for one ex­press pur­pose, adds Spez­zano.

“It’s a home de­signed for en­ter­tain­ing — it just has tons of room,” he says. “The 12foot ceil­ing in the great room may not be as dra­matic as the 18-foot ceil­ing in The Cas­tle next door, but it re­ally adds to the feel­ing of space. The maple floor also goes great with the ter­razo counter tops and cab­i­nets, and there’s dou­ble doors to a deck out back, where there’ll be a great lake and park view (which The Cas­tle will share).”

Pre­dictably, the cav­ernous bun­ga­low — which, from this point on, will be re­ferred to as The En­ter­tainer — is chock-a-block with a host of lux­u­ri­ous, yet prac­ti­cal fea­tures: two bed­rooms on the main level placed clev­erly (and con­ve­niently) be­hind the great room area; and a walk-through pantry with oo­dles of stor­age space that pro­vides seam­less ac­cess to the laun­dry/mud­room off the triple garage.

Oh, and the mas­ter bed­room and lower level — which can be ac­cessed via a spi­ral stair­case placed in­side a faux fin­ished curved wall — aren’t bad, ei­ther.

“Who wouldn’t like a huge, south-fac­ing mas­ter bed­room with gar­den doors to a deck and a spa-like en­suite with shower, jet­ted tub and float­ing van­ity?” he says. “And the lower level is ba­si­cally a sec­ond home in it­self, with en­closed bed­room wing, elab­o­rate wet bar (with full-sized fridge and mi­crowave in back be­hind a wall of cab­i­nets) — and pri­vate the­atre room with 92-inch screen to en­joy movies and foot­ball games on.”

With one-in-20 odds of winning ei­ther The Cas­tle or The En­ter­tainer — along with a host of other amaz­ing prizes, only one ques­tion re­mains: to buy one ticket, or three...?

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