“Add in the big windows, a cultured stone gas fireplace and a (chocolatecoloured) built-in entertainment unit and you have a bright, roomy space that’s still small enough to be intimate. The dark engineered oak hardwoods, cappuccino (maple) cabinets, tan granite countertops and earth-tone colours make for a good blend of dark and light colours.”
Meanwhile, the front portion of the home — accessed through a four-footwide hallway — features a sunken foyer with hallway that branches off to a laundry room to the right. Up to the left is a neat dining room/living room combination; two large secondary bedrooms are off in their own enclosure — along with a well-finished four-piece bathroom — on the opposite side.
Then, a brief set of seven stairs leads to a secluded master suite. It’s here another key design revision was made, says Curtis.
“With a 24-foot-by-22-foot garage below, the master bedroom is a big space, so we wanted to create a small apartment upstairs for the lords of the manor,” he says. “To create a bigger, more luxurious ensuite, we stole space from the walk-in closet, which is still more than big enough.”
That then created ample room for some very desirable amenities.
“The extra space allowed for a big corner jetted tub, four-foot shower and a nice maple vanity. We then finished off the space with a vaulted ceiling and big, recessed window with ledge and a niche for the dresser. I think it’s a space parents would appreciate after a long, hard day.”
Most importantly, Curtis and his design team did their best to get all the little details right: a three-quarter wall (with plant ledge) that divides the dining room from the kitchen, while letting light spill over between spaces; arched windows that help dress up the great room; a smart transom window over the master suite’s door; and cutouts with ornate metal spindles in the one-third wall (that separates the sunken foyer from the living room) that provide a glimpse of what’s above.
“It’s always our goal to put a lot of neat, useful details in our homes,” says Curtis. “It’s the little details that give a home character and utility. Take the lower level for example. With 1,100 sq. ft. of space to develop, you can ideally put in two bedrooms, a bar, games area and bathroom. Amenities abound in this home with over 3,200 sq. ft. of livable space. We’re really happy with how the redesign turned out.”