One more foot makes lots more home
Wider home means plenty of space to move around
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.
Bright and airy describes the interior of the Ventura Custom Homes show hom in La Salle.