Sim­ple by de­sign

In­tu­itive lay­out by Gino’s draws raves

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

IT’S some­thing that doesn’t hap­pen of­ten, but when it does, it’s a great feel­ing. That feel­ing? To walk through a new home and find — af­ter a close, ul­tra-crit­i­cal in­spec­tion — ev­ery­thing is ex­actly where it should be. The would-be new home­owner’s ver­sion of nir­vana, in short.

Gino’s Homes’ sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the home, Phil Mosher, says a highly in­tu­itive de­sign is the rea­son 15 Hun­ter­brook Rd. was snapped up well in ad­vance of its com­ple­tion date.

“It’s a de­cep­tive home,” he says of the 1,978-sq.-ft. walk-out bun­ga­low that was pur­chased three weeks be­fore it was fin­ished. “When we first looked at it on paper, it looked like a good solid de­sign, but noth­ing that knocked your socks off. But once it was built, the de­sign re­ally cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of peo­ple. It’s a sim­ple yet so­phis­ti­cated de­sign where less turns out to be more.”

The sim­plic­ity of the de­sign is ev­i­dent the moment you walk in the wide, tan ce­ramic foyer. Im­me­di­ately to the left is a stair­well that takes you down to the walk-out base­ment (more about it later); ad­ja­cent to the stairs is a for­mal din­ing room.

Rather than cre­at­ing a space that ran par­al­lel to the hall­way, the de­sign­ers chose to run it par­al­lel to the front wall of the home. With a bank of win­dows along the front wall and an­other wall di­vid­ing the din­ing room from the is­land kitchen, the re­sult was a bright, yet sep­a­rate space. While wide enough to pro­vide seam­less ac­cess to the great room, the hall­way is nar­row enough to al­low only a brief glimpse of the liv­ing room.

To the right of the foyer is a brief hall­way down which the mas­ter suite, two over­sized sec­ondary bed­rooms with dou­ble clos­ets and four-piece bath can be found. Be­cause there’s no pow­der room, the main bath­room was placed clos­est to the foyer for the con­ve­nience of guests and own­ers alike.

That’s not the only highly con­ve­nient — and well-re­ceived — de­sign fea­ture of the home, says Mosher.

“We’ve been get­ting great feed­back about the main-floor laun­dry room,” he says. “It’s across from the kitchen, right off the garage and be­cause of its size, lots of el­bow room. It’s very con­ve­niently placed — you can take the gro­ceries straight through to the pantry and still have enough room left over for some­one to do laun­dry, as the washer and dryer area is set well away from the main traf­fic ar­eas.”

Mean­while, the bed­room wing is just what it should be — se­cluded. Not to men­tion sur­pris­ingly spa­cious, thanks to min­i­mal hall­way space. The ex­tra room gained from that de­sign fea­ture was trans­ferred into all three bed­rooms, in­clud­ing a mas­ter bed­room that scores on three key fronts: view, space and lux­ury.

“It’s set off by it­self and of­fers an amaz­ing view of the wet­lands out back, as well as tons of room for a king-sized bed and fur­ni­ture,” Mosher says. “The walk-in closet is also a gen­er­ous size, and then there’s the en­suite. With a corner jet­ted tub (set in tan ce­ramic tile), five-foot (1.5-me­tre) ce­ramic shower and por­to­bello maple van­ity with glass ves­sel sink on white mar­ble (and handy linen niche, it of­fers both pri­vacy and lux­ury.”

While the front half of the main level is about defin­ing spa­ces, the rear half — the great room area, to be pre­cise — is all about pro­vid­ing the room and ameni­ties re­quired to en­joy fam­ily and friends — and lots of ’em.

“This is a great home for en­ter­tain­ing due to fea­tures such as an is­land kitchen, huge dinette area and liv­ing room with gas fire­place and 12-foot (3.7-me­tre) beamed ceil­ing,” he says. “The back wall is ba­si­cally a wall of win­dows (for wet­lands view), with the fire­place be­ing the fo­cal point. The dark hard­woods help mute the nat­u­ral bright­ness, and there’s even a door to a huge deck that wraps around the back of the home.”

The tour de force then con­tin­ues down­stairs, where about 1,700 sq. ft. of liv­able space — com­plete with a cool 45-de­gree tiled ceil­ing and all man­ner of crea­ture com­forts — awaits.

Like the main level, the rear wall is al­most to­tally com­prised of glass, mak­ing for a stun­ning ground-level view of the wet­lands be­hind the home.

As if that wasn’t enough to re­duce stress lev­els, there’s a games area (next to a handy wet bar) and an­gled me­dia area with maple en­ter­tain­ment unit and dark-brown tile back­drop. A fourth bed­room, third bath­room and po­ten­tial ex­er­cise area (by win­dows) rounds out the bright, spa­cious area.

“This is a de­sign that turned out bet­ter than ex­pected,” says Mosher. “Once peo­ple see it, they want it. This home’s un­der­stated style and great floor plan has re­ally won peo­ple over in a big way.”

ALL PHO­TOS BY WAYNE GLOWACKI / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

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