Style and func­tion

This home will grow on you

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

WHILE it’s all fine and good to want all the space that comes with 2,500-sq.-ft. (or larger) home, the ques­tion is, what are your needs?

In the case of most empty nesters or young cou­ples, the needs are dif­fer­ent, yet sim­i­lar. Af­ter rais­ing a fam­ily in a home in the 2,500-to 3,000-sq.-ft. range — empty nesters are look­ing for a more man­age­able abode. Young cou­ples, mean­while, are look­ing for more space. Af­ter start­ing a fam­ily in a com­pact 800-sq.-ft. bun­ga­low, the home, while adorable, is no longer big enough with child num­ber two on the way.

The needs of those two groups in­spired the cre­ation of one of Gino’s Homes’ new­est show homes, a stylish 1,648-sq.-ft. bun­ga­low found at 6 Ma­rine Drive in St. Vi­tal’s Van Hull’s Es­tates.

“Our think­ing was that we could of­fer those groups a great lay­out — along with our stan­dard level of style — in a smaller home, al­though a 1,600-plus-sq.-ft. bun­ga­low isn’t that small,” ex­plains Gino’s Homes’ Robert Cotro­neo. “We’re re­ally pleased with how this de­sign turned out.”

And well they should be, as it quickly be­comes ap­par­ent that 6 Ma­rine Drive was de­signed to of­fer equal help­ings of style and func­tion. The style quo­tient hits you the moment you set foot in the sunken, tex­tured (ce­ramic) tile foyer, where an el­e­gant tem­pered glass in­sert di­vides the front land­ing from the din­ing room (at least in this ver­sion of the home; the din­ing room could also be used as a flex room).

Next comes the func­tion (or at least a good part of it) to the im­me­di­ate right of the foyer: a sep­a­rate, se­cluded wing that houses three bed­rooms, a four-piece bath­room and over­sized laun­dry/mud­room. Talk about get­ting things off to a well-bal­anced start.

“This home — which was ini­tially de­signed as a two-bed­room home, but con­verted into a home with three bed­rooms — is a very man­age­able place to live,” says Gino’s sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Hal Maclean. “Ev­ery­thing is on one level, with all the ameni­ties placed right where they should be for op­ti­mum func­tion. It’s a sim­ple de­sign, but one that re­ally grows on you over time.”

The home grows on you for one sim­ple rea­son — al­though smaller than some (not that 1,648 sq. ft. is small by any means) — it fea­tures the same high fin­ish­ing level found in larger, more ex­pen­sive Gino’s homes. That means you get dark-stained maple hard­woods that run through the en­tire main level; maple cab­i­netry, dark maple base­boards, dark-stained oak cap­ping, rounded cor­ners and the afore­men­tioned ce­ramic tile.

While the in­te­rior colour pal­ette is on the darker side, Maclean adds that it’s off­set by two im­por­tant de­sign fea­tures.

“First, there are a lot of win­dows. Sec­ond, the walls are a nice light brown in colour. That makes for a bright, cheery and re­lax­ing in­te­rior. If the sun’s out, you’re go­ing to get all kinds of nat­u­ral light.”

So too is the lay­out, which is — as is the wont with most homes these days — open con­cept. Con­se­quently, flow from the front-ori­ented din­ing room through to the great room/kitchen area is, in a word, su­perb; whether at home with fam­ily or en­ter­tain­ing guests, move­ment be­tween spa­ces is ef­fort­less and unim­peded.

At the same time, the ameni­ties sur­round­ing you are im­pres­sive, and rich: a liv­ing room with gas fire­place (with dark oak man­tel) set in a tex­tured ce­ramic tile sur­round; an abun­dance of maple cab­i­netry with room above to dis­play plants or art; plus an is­land kitchen with seat­ing for two, as well as a dinette area for four ad­ja­cent to a large win­dow and deck door.

“It’s a great mix of space — ac­cen­tu­ated by 10-foot ceil­ings — and colours,” says Maclean. “It also proves that maple and oak — as long as they’re dark — can co-ex­ist.”

Off — just as it should be — by their lone­some in their own wing are the three bed­rooms, along with a large four-piece bath­room and con­ve­niently sit­u­ated laun­dry room. While the two sec­ondary bed­rooms are im­pres­sive due to their gen­er­ous size and stor- age, it’s the mas­ter bed­room — off on its own down a 10-foot hall­way — that im­presses due to its spa­cious, wellap­pointed in­te­rior.

“It’s big­ger than you might think, and you get a big deluxe en­suite with Jacuzzi tub set in ce­ramic tile, four­foot shower and float­ing maple van­ity with white mar­ble top and oval glass ves­sel sink,” he says. “The walk-in closet is also much big­ger than you would ex­pect. It’s a pri­vate, lux­u­ri­ous place that en­cour­ages re­lax­ation.”

With about 1,500 sq. ft. of space for devel­op­ment down­stairs — a rec room, bed­room or two, bath­room and stor­age — 6 Ma­rine Drive mea­sures in at over 3,000 sq. ft. of liv­able space. Not small — or lack­ing in style.

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