Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

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.”

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