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Ma­rine Drive abode has plenty of el­bow room

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

ASK large fam­i­lies about their No. 1 pri­or­ity when it comes to buy­ing a new home and it’s al­most unan­i­mous: space.

Next on the list is style. While the kids are largely obliv­i­ous to style due to mov­ing through life at warp speed, bone-weary par­ents crave style when they sit down to re­lax af­ter a long day at the of­fice. Or when they en­ter­tain friends and fam­ily. Af­ter all, you want a lit­tle wow fac­tor to go with all that room to move.

These are the two things Pageantry Homes’ Werner and Frances Krempin kept in mind when they de­signed their cur­rent show home, a 2,470-square-foot, two-storey home found at 123 Ma­rine Drive in Van Hull Es­tates.

“First and fore­most, it’s a fan­tas­tic home to en­ter­tain in,” Werner says. “You can en­ter­tain 50 peo­ple with ease here, there’s so much space on the main level.”

The key, adds Frances, is how that space has been laid out.

“We made the de­sign so that ev­ery­thing ba­si­cally re­volves around the kitchen, so peo­ple can cir­cu­late around with ease,” she ex­plains. “Peo­ple al­ways seem to con­gre­gate in the kitchen, which is why we made it big­ger with wide aisles.”

In­deed, whether it’s fam­ily or friends who’ve re­tired to the great room, there’s room aplenty, with seam­less flow be­tween spa­ces. To open up an al­ready spa­cious kitchen, the Krempins in­stalled a con­toured gran­ite is­land that serves many pur­poses.

“It’s not only dec­o­ra­tive, but you can sit at the end to eat, plus it has lots of stor­age space,” Frances says. “The coun­ter­top was then cut out on the side fac­ing the cab­i­nets to make the aisle even wider to make it eas­ier to get around.”

Add to that dark maple cab­i­nets, smash­ing brown glass tile back­splash, a wealth of rich gran­ite coun­ter­tops, dark maple cab­i­netry (some with stain­less steel ac­cents) — along with medi­um­brown maple hard­woods — and you get an area that’s not only func­tional, but ex­ceed­ingly warm.

The liv­ing room has a 19-foot ceil­ing and large win­dows to let in co­pi­ous amounts of nat­u­ral light. There’s no mis­tak­ing the fo­cal point of the room, how­ever.

“We went with a gas fire­place set in ce­ramic tile with maple and stain­less steel wall treat­ment above it,” Frances says. “The stain­less steel on the kitchen cab­i­nets mim­ics the stain­less steel on the fa­cade. For util­ity, we placed en­ter­tain­ment units on ei­ther side, with the right-hand one wider with a big­ger space for a flat-panel TV.”

Add a mas­sive main-floor laun­dry room, main-floor den and pil­lared din­ing room with cutouts and the main floor scores high in er­gonomics and style.

Mean­while, the home’s up­per level is spa­cious and lux­u­ri­ous. It fea­tures a large land­ing and two bed­rooms (both with dou­ble clos­ets and large win­dows) than can only be de­scribed as cav­ernous. No doubt, teens will revel in the space and pri­vacy that the area af­fords.

At the same time, the grown-ups will ap­pre­ci­ate the huge mas­ter suite, which has tons of room for a king-sized bed. It fea­tures a large walk-in closet and big win­dow that pro­vides a sooth­ing view of the park be­low.

Then, there’s a roomy en­suite with a big, rec­tan­gu­lar bub­ble tub set in beige tile with brown glass tile trim, tan ce­ramic floor and dark brown maple van­ity with cir­cu­lar his/her sinks set on a gran­ite coun­ter­top.

“It’s what you need and de­serve at the end of the day,” Frances says. “You need a place to re­lax and re­fresh, and we think the mas­ter suite will help peo­ple do just that.”

Fi­nally, there’s an­other 1,300 sq. ft. of liv­able space avail­able down­stairs for a rec room, ad­di­tional bed­rooms (if needed) and stor­age space.

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