John An­gus

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

“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.”

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