One more foot makes lots more home

Wider home means plenty of space to move around

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

AT first glance, it would seem that mak­ing a home 68 square feet larger than a sim­i­lar model wouldn’t make a big dif­fer­ence.

Maybe not a big dif­fer­ence, says Quest Res­i­den­tial Real Es­tate’s Fred Dawes, sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Ven­tura Cus­tom Homes. Just some very sub­tle — and very use­ful — dif­fer­ences.

“Adding that square footage made this home, The New­port (a 1,629-square­foot bun­ga­low), about a foot or so wider than The Newdale (a 1,561-square-foot bun­ga­low),” he says. “One of the more ob­vi­ous ar­eas that ex­tra space has made a dif­fer­ence in is in the kitchen. In the Newdale, the is­land pro­truded past the en­trance wall. In the New­port, the outer edge is in line with the wall.”

The re­sult of mov­ing the is­land out is sub­tle, yet sig­nif­i­cant: That bit of ex­tra space makes the prepa­ra­tion area of the kitchen that much eas­ier to nav­i­gate. Not only that, but the dinette area is also gen­er­ous, with plenty of room for a ta­ble for four — plus plenty of room to move around the ta­ble, which is ad­ja­cent to a large win­dow and (fu­ture) deck door, which com­bine to let in loads of nat­u­ral light.

It also turns out that the ex­tra space makes for a (se­cluded) bed­room wing that is more spa­cious than it ap­pears, with a large mas­ter suite and two good­sized sec­ondary bed­rooms — plus a large four-piece main bath with deep soaker tub.

In par­tic­u­lar, the mas­ter bed­room is larger than ex­pected. With room for a king-sized bed, night ta­bles and a dresser — and chair and ta­ble in a sit­ting area cre­ated by plac­ing a lit­tle jog along the far wall of the bed­room — it’s an ideal spot to re­pair to af­ter a long day to read. Or, en­joy a long, ther­a­peu­tic soak in a six-foot jet­ted tub.

“We moved the walk-in closet a bit to the left to give ex­tra width to the en­suite,” Dawes ex­plains. “That ex­tra width then al­lowed us to put in the jet­ted tub, which is a foot longer than nor­mal. We then fin­ished it off with a nice dark brown ce­ramic tile sur­round. Even though we took space from the walk-in closet, the closet it still quite large.”

That ex­tra 68 square feet also comes to play in the size of the two sec­ondary bed­rooms — which have been placed around a corner, well away from the mas­ter suite — and the four-piece bath, which is only steps from the two rooms. No mat­ter whether the oc­cu­pants might be guests of an empty-nest cou­ple or young chil­dren of a cou­ple in their early 30s, ev­ery­one will en­joy the space — and pri­vacy.

RUTH.BON­NEVILLE@FREEPRESS.MB.CA

Bright and airy de­scribes the in­te­rior of the Ven­tura Cus­tom Homes show hom in La Salle.

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