Hil­ton Homes hits a HOME RUN

El­iz­a­beth II of­fers space, fun­cional­ity, heap­ing help­ing of style

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

EV­ERY now and then, home­builders have the urge to let loose. From a de­sign stand­point, that is. That’s ex­actly what Spencer Cur­tis and his de­sign team at Hil­ton Homes did with their new show home (en­tered in the Fall Pa­rade of Homes) at 184 Bridge­land Drive South in Bridg­wa­ter For­est.

“We re­ally wanted to show peo­ple what we can do if they give us the green light to go all out on their home,” he says, stand­ing in the bright, ex­pan­sive great room of the two-storey, 2,499-square-foot de­sign known as The El­iz­a­beth II B. “Let’s just say we went all out with this one.” No kid­ding. Sim­ply put — es­pe­cially from the per­spec­tive of a large, ac­tive fam­ily — the El­iz­a­beth II delivers on a num­ber of key fronts. This is a home that not only of­fers space, but func­tion­al­ity and a heap­ing help­ing of style. Thanks to a thought­ful lay­out and rich, well-placed fin­ish­ing ma­te­ri­als, this is a $508,000 home that feels like one that costs sig­nif­i­cantly more.

“That was our goal,” says Cur­tis. “The first thing we wanted was to pro­vide room to move in all ar­eas of the home. Next, we wanted a sharp look­ing in­te­rior that not only looked great but was func­tional.”

All three qual­i­ties are on dis­play the moment you step through the home’s front door. The foyer is ex­tra wide, with a grey (18-inch) porce­lain tile floor. A for­mal din­ing room — with par­lour area and 18-foot ceil­ing above — is to the left. It can also serve as a for­mal liv­ing room or of­fice. Light abounds thanks to win­dows placed on the sec­ond and main level. Four pi­ano win­dows on the far wall are a par­tic­u­larly nice touch.

“I think it’s a great area to start things off with. It’s open from all an­gles — up, to the sides and to the front. You can see a bit of the liv­ing room, and the only thing you can’t see is the kitchen,” he says.

There are sev­eral other con­cepts to like about the up­scale ver­sion of The El­iz­a­beth II B. Like the is­land kitchen, for ex­am­ple. Cur­tis says this is where Hil­ton’s de­sign­ers re­ally went to town.

“This rep­re­sented a great spot to show the range of what Hil­ton Homes can do to dress up a key area of a home,” he says. “To do that, we went with Tus­can (light brown) maple cab­i­nets with a dark maple (char­coal trim). To set off the cab­i­netry, we put in a mul­ti­coloured ce­ramic back­splash. The coun­ter­tops (a brown/black gran­ite) go re­ally well with the cab­i­nets and dark maple hard­woods.”

Not to be for­got­ten was the need to make the area func­tional. A large gran­ite is­land with seat­ing for two, ex­cep­tion­ally wide aisles and a walk-through pantry see to that.

“There’s six inches to one foot more room be­tween the is­land and the coun­ter­tops, which means room for more than one cook and the odd guest com­ing through the kitchen. The walk-through pantry al­lows you to come in through the garage en­trance in the laun­dry mud­room, take your shoes off and bring the gro­ceries straight through to the kitchen,” he says. “And the laun­dry room is only steps away, too.”

Mean­while, a bay win­dow area with deck doors and two win­dows — along with a large win­dow in a liv­ing room with gas fire­place set in grey porce­lain and en­ter­tain­ment unit with funky (in a good way) wall­pa­per back­ground (also found in the din­ing room) — let’s in loads of light while al­low­ing ac­cess to a fu­ture back yard deck. The kitchen fea­tures Tus­can maple cab­i­nets with a char­coal trim, a multi-coloured ce­ramic back­splash and gran­ite coun­ter­tops. The bay win­dow area then al­lows plenty of room for a six-seat dinette suite.

Up­stairs, the open-con­cept theme con­tin­ues with a de­li­cious zeal, cour­tesy of a loft area found im­me­di­ately off the stair­case. Bor­dered by one-third walls with cutouts con­tain­ing bur­nished metal spin­dles — and win­dows all around — it’s a space to die for, no mat­ter what it might be used for.

“It’s a com­fort­able, bright space where kids can come up and hang out and not dis­turb the grown-ups down­stairs,” Cur­tis says. “It’s likely to be used as a me­dia room, but also could be used as a play room.”

Di­rectly off the loft — through a set of dou­ble doors — is a mas­ter bed­room (and en­suite) that could well be the envy of neigh­bours and vis­i­tors alike.

“I think it has ev­ery­thing you need — lots of space, a beau­ti­ful cof­fered ceil­ing, big walk-in closet and deluxe en­suite with porce­lain tile floor, corner jet­ted tub and four-foot (acrylic) shower.”

If the nearly 2,500-sq.-ft. of space isn’t enough over the main and up­per lev­els, there’s then an­other 1,100 sq. ft. avail­able down­stairs, he adds.

“There’s space to put in one or two bed­rooms, a rec room and maybe a play space,” says Cur­tis. “That takes to­tal space avail­able to about 3,600 sq. ft. We used I-joists to make for big­ger spans, to keep the base­ment as clean as pos­si­ble. From top to bot­tom, it’s a de­sign we’re very pleased with.”

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