Plenty of rooms with the Red River view

Home de­signed with spec­tac­u­lar river set­ting in mind

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

THE moment you en­ter 203 McBeth Grove, one glance to­ward the back of the 2,698-sq.-ft., two-storey home con­firms that it’s aptly named.

“When this pocket of river­front land be­came avail­able, we took ad­van­tage of it quickly,” says Dy­nasty Homes’ Abe Friesen. “We cus­tom de­signed the home to the lo­ca­tion to take ad­van­tage of the view. We wanted it to be sub­stan­tial, so it would be a true com­ple­ment to the sur­round­ings. It was a no-brainer to call it The Riverview.”

As might be ex­pected, the home’s fo­cal point is the Red River out back. To cap­ture the splen­dour of the river and its lush sur­round­ings, Friesen and his de­sign team put a soar­ing 18-anda-half foot ceil­ing in the great room — along with a wall of nine huge win­dows, the last one act­ing as a lit­eral pic­ture frame when view­ing the river from the sec­ond-floor cat­walk.

While that view is spec­tac­u­lar, the view from the mas­ter bed­room is — al­most un­be­liev­ably — even bet­ter.

“As much as I en­joy the great room, this is my favourite room in the home due to the space and, of course, the view. We in­ten­tion­ally put a bay win­dow in to max­i­mize the view,” says Friesen. “It cre­ated a lit­tle nook where you can sit back in a chair and savour the view while sip­ping on a cup of tea or glass of wine.”

Dy­nasty’s mar­ket­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Dan Thiessen, con­curs. “The view is quite spec­tac­u­lar from up here,” he says. “It re­ally takes ad­van­tage of the river view. The house is per­fectly sit­u­ated to take ad­van­tage of it.”

Just as im­por­tantly, says Friesen, the home was built to be func­tional.

“That’s the most im­por­tant as­pect of the home — will it func­tion well in day-to-day life? With that in mind, we went with an open-con­cept de­sign with all kinds of win­dows to max­i­mize light, views and flow. So far, the peo­ple who’ve viewed the home have been re­ally pos­i­tive about the floor plan.”

Lit­tle won­der. Thanks to an ex­traw­ide ce­ramic foyer that tran­si­tions seam­lessly into an ex­tra-wide hall­way, flow into the great room area — even if there are tons of peo­ple present at, say, a fam­ily re­union — is still bound to be ex­cep­tion­ally smooth. In ad­di­tion to a great room that houses an is­land kitchen, spa­cious dinette area, the spec­tac­u­lar great room and a sep­a­rate, yet open for­mal din­ing room — there’s a very pleas­ant sur­prise await­ing in an en­closed wing off the foyer hall­way.

“We’ve been very pleased about the fact that peo­ple have been com­ment­ing favourably on the large mud­room area we cre­ated,” Friesen says. “They re­ally like the way we de­signed it.”

In ac­tu­al­ity, the en­closed area is much more than a mud­room. Once in­side, there’s not only a pow­der room, but a spa­cious laun­dry room, bed­room/ den (with river view through an­other big win­dow) as well as a mud­room and en­trance to a 24-foot by 24-foot dou­ble garage. It’s a de­sign that works well, keep­ing fam­ily messes out of sight, while pro­vid­ing pri­vacy in the form of a large bed­room that’s ideal for work or rest.

The great room area then smartly com­bines an in­for­mal kitchen/great room area with a for­mal din­ing room. Fin­ishes are rich and warm. Cap­puc­cino maple cab­i­netry, dark maple hard­woods, grey/brown gran­ite coun­ter­tops (on a beige, cus­tom-tile tan/grey back­splash) and tan and taupe paint sub­tly off­set all the nat­u­ral light that seems to flow in from ev­ery an­gle.

Mean­while, the home’s up­per level is the epit­ome of space and seg­men­ta­tion, with three bed­rooms, a re­cessed sit­ting area (with river view), cat­walk that over­looks the great room and a four-piece bath­room sit­u­ated neatly be­tween the two sec­ondary bed­rooms at the end of the hall­way. Space, light and stor­age space are abun­dant, with the mas­ter suite act­ing as the up­per level’s piece de re­sis­tance.

“It truly is a sanc­tu­ary,” Thiessen says. “The en­suite is gor­geous with its jet­ted tub, heated ce­ramic tile floor and its frame­less tem­pered glass shower with two body sprays. But it’s the view that makes it.”

Last but not least is a lower level with over 1,300 sq. ft. of liv­able space that comes com­plete with a NorthAIR TEch Seco Air Sys­tem, huge win­dows and pre-planned lay­out.

“The Seco Air sys­tem makes for health­ier homes through mould pre­ven­tion,” says Thiessen. “It’s an­other unique fea­ture in a home that of­fers all kinds of space, style and an in­cred­i­ble river set­ting.”

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