Fit for a king-size fam­ily

A tra­di­tional home with non-tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als and colours

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

NO one knows bet­ter than home­builders that es­chew­ing the tried and true can rep­re­sent a very big risk.

Yet, that’s what Ja­son Arlt and his team of de­sign­ers at Arlt Home de­cided to do with The Palmer­stone, an ex­pan­sive 2,396-sq.-ft. showhome found at 2 Ash­grove Point in Bridg­wa­ter For­est: de­sign a tra­di­tional home with some non-tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als (some would say mod­ern) and colours thrown into the mix.

“This plan is geared to large fam­i­lies, even multi-gen­er­a­tional fam­i­lies, with five bed­rooms in to­tal,” he says. “It’s a home that has a good fam­ily ap­peal. For ex­am­ple, the main floor is more of a tra­di­tional, prac­ti­cal lay­out with gen­er­ously sized rooms. At the same time, we went a bit out on a limb and used some non-tra­di­tional fin­ishes. We thought it was time to change things up a bit.”

The front of the home can be as tra­di­tional or con­tem­po­rary as it needs to be, based on the needs of the res­i­dents. That’s be­cause a large, se­cluded room has been placed di­rectly to the left of the foyer, which has been de­fined by a smart-look­ing tex­tured tan ce­ramic tile (off which a cute lit­tle pow­der room has been clev­erly tucked away).

“I guess you could call it a flex room,” says Arlt. “Depend­ing on a fam­ily’s needs, it could be made into ei­ther a grand din­ing area of an of­fice. Be­ing self-con­tained, it would make a great for­mal din­ing room, or a home of­fice where vis­i­tors can come to do busi­ness with­out ac­tu­ally com­ing into the home’s main area. The key is it’s big enough to serve ei­ther pur­pose, or even be a read­ing or mu­sic room.”

From there, the home’s tra­di­tional na­ture grad­u­ally tran­si­tions into a more con­tem­po­rary, mod­ern look. In short, a some­what sig­nif­i­cant de­par­ture from the usual beige/brown earth­tones that tend to pop­u­late most of to­day’s show homes. Sev­eral fin­ishes stand out from the norm: the cab­i­nets and back­splash in the kitchen, and the en­ter­tain­ment unit in the liv­ing room.

“We went with eco-ve­neer teak cab­i­nets be­cause we wanted to give the kitchen and over­all great room area a peace­ful feel. The idea was to try some­thing dif­fer­ent and mix things up a bit. We didn’t want this home to be the same old, same old that new home buy­ers tend to see on a fairly reg­u­lar ba­sis.”

No dan­ger of that hap­pen­ing here: for starters, a cool back­splash com­prised of frosted glass tiles and mar­ble mo­saic cre­ates a look that while dif­fer­ent, com­ple­ments the char­coal maple cab­i­netry ex­tremely well. Team that with quartz counter tops, char­coal-stained maple hard­woods and an is­land kitchen with gen­er­ous dinette area, and the re­sult is an area with a warm am­bi­ence and high de­gree of util­ity.

“Vis­i­tors tell us they love the func­tion­al­ity of the area, es­pe­cially the prepa­ra­tion space with sink on the is­land (which has a raised eat­ing bar for three),” Arlt says. “It’s a great spot where you can pre­pare din­ner, yet still watch the kids play, watch TV or in­ter­act with guests. There’s also large dinette area, too. The trend now is to go more in­for­mal for meals, yet still be able to fit in eight or 10 peo­ple in for din­ner, if needed.”

Then, too en­sure the area wasn’t too dark, the rear wall of the home fea­tures all kinds of glass.

“We wanted the fo­cus to go to­ward the back yard, to have a great room that not only had a great view, but flowed out to the deck and into the yard. We then went with grey paint and grey quartz tile on the en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre to bring tex­ture and warmth to the space — and five-inch white base­boards for con­trast.”

Mean­while, The Palmer­stone’s up­per level fea­tures an ex­cel­lent use of avail­able space. The wide land­ing, says Arlt, can be used as ei­ther a sit­ting area of com­puter area where par­ents can keep track of in­ter­net-surf­ing kids. There’s also a laun­dry room, two sec­ondary bed­rooms (with walk-in clos­ets, no less) and a large (Zen-in­spired) four-piece bath­room.

Last but cer­tainly not least is a mas­ter suite — con­tained within grey-hued walls — that fin­ishes the up­per level off in smartly se­cluded style: a big bed­room with huge three-piece win­dow and spa-like en­suite.

“We’ve had a great re­ac­tion to the paint colour — dark grey is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar; it’s the new brown be­cause peo­ple are be­com­ing tired of that colour. The en­suite has all the lit­tle lux­u­ries you need — a rec­tan­gu­lar jet­ted tub set in beige tile, and five-foot tem­pered glass tile shower and glass tile de­tails around the tub and mir­ror.”

Fi­nally, there’s a fully de­vel­oped lower level with over 1,200 sq. ft. of liv­able space (games area, me­dia area, fourpiece bath and fifth bed­room) — all the space — and style — a king-sized fam­ily can ask for, and more.

The show home fea­tures an eat­ing bar in the kitchen.

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