There’s little in the way of wasted space in the Newport, a feature evidenced in the (for this show-home model) upgraded great-room area. A wide hallway (which originates in the angled foyer) gives way to an island kitchen consisting of natural oak cabinetry, dark brown arborite countertops and faux-ceramic linoleum flooring.
The open-concept design then combines with a wealth of large windows to create a bright interior that’s at once spacious and warm.
“We went with an upgraded, two-tier tray ceiling in the living room that not only opens up the area, but also defines it along with the use of (brown short twist) carpeting,” he says, adding the ceiling is 10 feet high. “There are large vertical windows on either side of the gas fireplace (set in dark brown ceramic tile) and an optional window above it. The ceiling is what really defines the space, though.”
A pair of other features add utility — and a touch of elegance — to a subtle, yet functional floor plan: a main floor laundry that’s found off the foyer (to the right of the front door) and a formal dining room (with arched and pillared entrance) to the left. Meanwhile, the staircase leading to the expansive lower level is neatly hidden by one-third walls on either side.
“Even though this is an open-concept design, there’s enough division to give each space its own identity,” Dawes says. “Like all the other areas, the laundry room and dining room have plenty of space to offer. The flow between spaces here is exceptional.”
As might be expected, the home’s lower level mirrors the main level in size, with more than 1,400 sq. ft. of space available for development. For empty nesters, it might serve as storage space; for young families, it represents an area — which comes surrounded by four huge windows — to put in a rec room, an extra bedroom or two, plus a third bathroom (already roughed in) and storage.
“This is a bright, functional and affordable home that suits young families or empty nesters,” he says. “And at $310,000 (complete with upgrades), it’s a viable option to buying a resale home.”