More space than you think

In­no­va­tive de­sign and spa­cious base­ment makes The Ma­jes­tic a mas­ter­piece

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

WHETHER you’re look­ing for a home to move up or move down to, it’s dif­fi­cult to ig­nore an af­ford­able, well-de­signed home that of­fers more than 2,350 square feet of space.

And when there’s lit­tle in the way of wasted space in a de­sign where logic and style merge in one neat (not-solit­tle) pack­age, you have a bun­ga­low that of­fers a high de­gree of ap­peal and util­ity.

Or, to put a finer point on it, The Ma­jes­tic, a quaint — and well-ap­pointed — 1,416 sq. ft. Broad­view Homes de­sign found at 43 Edna Perry Way in Kil­do­nan Green.

“With just un­der 1,400 sq. ft. on the main floor and 952 sq. ft. of liv­able space down­stairs, this isn’t a small home,” says Dale Pen­ner, Qual­ico’s sin­gle fam­ily sales man­ager. “When you in­clude the lower level, you get four bed­rooms and three bath­rooms. You also get a piled foun­da­tion, 21-foot-by23-foot garage, rear 12-foot-by-16-foot deck, cen­tral air con­di­tion­ing — and the home also backs on to what will be a gor­geous park.”

To make The Ma­jes­tic’s in­te­rior spa­ces feel even larger, Broad­view’s de­signer’s went with vaulted ceil­ings — a fea­ture found in ev­ery room. Cou­ple that with large win­dows in ev­ery room and you get a home that feels a good deal larger than its listed square footage.

“The vaulted ceil­ings ba­si­cally make the home,” says Pen­ner. “From the great-room area to the bed­rooms, you get a real feel­ing of space. Add in all the big win­dows — the home is full of them — and you also get to en­joy a home that has a very bright in­te­rior, even on over­cast days.”

Al­though the kitchen/liv­ing room area is open-con­cept, The Ma­jes­tic has a bit of (wel­come) seg­men­ta­tion built into its sup­ple, free-flow­ing floor plan. For starters, there’s a wide ce­ram­ic­tile foyer placed a step down from the main level to give the area — which also con­tains a dou­ble coat closet and an­gled en­trance to the at­tached garage — def­i­ni­tion.

Ad­ja­cent to the foyer is some­thing of sur­prise — a large, en­closed for­mal din­ing room that, well, isn’t to­tally en­closed.

“Our de­sign­ers just did a great job here,” adds Pen­ner. “The din­ing room opens up to the foyer and hall­way, yet is di­vided from the kitchen by a three­quar­ter wall. That wall is a great fea­ture be­cause it seg­ments the din­ing room while still al­low­ing light to flow in from the kitchen/great-room area. The top of the wall can also be used as a plant ledge, too.”

The floor­ing that runs from the din­ing room through the kitchen and hall­ways is also some­what unique, says Doug Good­man, 43 Edna Perry’s new home sales con­sul­tant.

“Ev­ery­one who’s vis­ited the home has com­mented on how great the nat­u­ral maple hard­woods look,” he says. “Ac­tu­ally, they’re not hard­woods at all — they’re a vinyl strip floor de­signed to look like nat­u­ral maple. It’s a won­der­ful prod­uct that not only looks like the real thing, but is very durable — a great fea­ture for young fam­i­lies with ac­tive kids and pets.”

Sim­ply put, the great-room area is an er­gonomic dream, with no wasted space; all the key ameni­ties have been placed ex­actly where they should be. The is­land kitchen fea­tures wide aisles and a com­pact is­land prepa­ra­tion area that also seats two; there is plenty of counter and cup­board space (the cupboards are nat­u­ral maple, the coun­ter­tops a smart tex­tured beige Ar­borite) — plus a bonus: a dinette area for four.

To de­fine the liv­ing room from the dinette area, Broad­view’s de­sign­ers placed a one-quar­ter wall with book shelf and wine rack be­tween the two spa­ces, a cre­ative and prac­ti­cal touch.

“You then get a large liv­ing room with a huge win­dow, door to a 12-foot-by-16- foot back­yard deck and gas fire­place with maple man­tel and ce­ramic-tile sur­round,” Pen­ner says. “This home is also great for en­ter­tain­ing.”

On the other side of the home, there’s a wing that houses no fewer than three bed­rooms and a main four-piece bath­room. All three rooms, es­pe­cially the mas­ter suite, feel larger than their ac­tual di­men­sions.

“The vaulted ceil­ing re­ally works in all the rooms, es­pe­cially the mas­ter bed­room,” says Good­man. “It’s huge, with three win­dows, his/hers clos­ets and a three-piece en­suite with shower and maple van­ity.”

It’s The Ma­jes­tic’s fully-de­vel­oped lower level, how­ever, that has proven to be a real deal closer, he adds.

“Ev­ery­one just loves the base­ment, and it’s easy to see why. The wide-open rec room has games and me­dia ar­eas, a four-piece bath, fourth bed­room and tons of stor­age space,” he says. “That makes it a home ideal for young fam­i­lies or cou­ples look­ing to down­size. The floor plan is prac­ti­cal, there’s all kinds of style, and tons of space — all on a well-po­si­tioned lot in a great lo­ca­tion close to all kinds of ameni­ties.”

A fully-de­vel­oped lower level, bot­tom right, is the crowning touch on this light and

airy home.

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