Here comes the sun
Sage Creek two-storey loaded with windows
IT is a proven fact that our surroundings affect our moods. When Jason Arlt and his team at Arlt Homes designed their latest show home at 15 East Plains Drive in Sage Creek, they had one thing in mind: to create a positive environment for its residents. “With this home, the goal was to design the home so that it would be filled with lots of light,” said Arlt. “At the same time, we wanted the home’s interior finishes to be bright, yet warm. That way, the home would be lighter, but it wouldn’t be so light that it felt cold inside.” The first order of business was to let in loads of light. That was accomplished by essentially glassifying the home’s entire rear wall (or, at least 75 to 80 per cent of it). “Doing that was an easy decision,” said Arlt. “The beautiful wetland view out back was also part of the design inspiration — we just had to showcase that view. Then, having all that glass on the rear wall accomplished our other goal, which was to give the main living area a bright, positive and welcoming ambience. Put the view and all the light together, and I think the great room has an atmosphere that makes people feel good, and that boosts their mood.” While the walls surrounding the great room — the spot where people will inevitably spend most of their time while at home — are off-white with light grey tones, that hint of grey provides an air of modern-themed warmth. Then, Arlt and his design team offset all the light and lighter-hued walls by running warm finishing materials throughout the open-concept area. The finishing material that stands out most is the one that runs through almost all of the home’s main floor — medium-brown wide plank oak hardwoods. “We picked them because they are a lighter tone and because they have an oiled finish that creates a richness that combines with their texture, grain and subtle colour variations to create an undeniable warmth,” said Arlt. “They are also a great choice because they feel great underfoot, and are very easy to maintain.” The finishing scheme throughout the great room features warm wood treated with lighter finishes. In the kitchen, upper French white maple cabinets and off-white quartz countertops are offset by lower honey-hued Tuscan maple cabinets. The perfectly-proportioned island features a Tuscan base, and off-white quartz countertop. The balance between light and dark finishes throughout the great room is excellent. A fence-like, Tuscan-stained divider neatly segments the family room from the foyer. An upper-level staircase bordered by Tuscanstained railing features tempered glass inserts that are ultra-clear thanks to a clipless design that creates a clean, unfettered look. A taupe tile feature wall in the family room with gas fireplace is accented beautifully by well-placed Tuscan maple trim. At the same time, flow through the great room is stellar, while spaces are defined sufficiently to guard against it feeling like a big box that just happens to have three spaces stationed within it. “The feedback we’ve gotten about the Tuscan plank wall divider has been really good,” said Arlt. “It does three things — provide a bit of privacy, add warmth, and let light flow through from front to back. I think the great room is well-proportioned, too. There’s loads of space in the family room, the dining area can hold six to eight comfortably, and the kitchen is defined quite nicely by the island.” There’s an added bonus across from the great room, said Arlt. “If everyone wants to congregate in the great room, they can — or, thanks to a flex space across the way — they can relax or visit in a room that could be a TV room, reading room, library, or computer room.” Ascend the stylish staircase to the home’s upper level, and you find yourself on an Lshaped landing that spreads three bedrooms, a four-piece main bath and laundry room out in a very efficient fashion. While the three bedrooms, bathroom and laundry room are accessible, the master suite is in a quiet spot well-separated from the rest of the rooms. “There’s actually a short hallway that leads into the master suite — the idea was to create the highest degree of privacy possible,” said Arlt. “The way it’s positioned, you basically have your own side of the house.” Not to mention your own heaping helping of light, space and luxury. “The bedroom is a nice size with three large vertical windows that let in all kinds of light and give you a great wetland view from up high. Like the bedroom, the walk-in closet isn’t huge, but it’s very functional,” Arlt said. “That left room for a luxurious ensuite with white/grey tile floor, free-standing soaker tub, five-foot glass/tile shower and floating vanity with dual sinks.” The trip downstairs is well worth the effort, as the extra space encompasses a walkout basement with media/rec room, bedroom (with wetland view), four-piece bath, and tons of storage. “We actually put in a designated storage room to give the owners a room that would give them easy access to key items,” said Arlt. “Overall, this home is a simple, functional design with nice detailing that will work well for a family in the long-term.”
Upper French white maple cabinets and off-white quartz countertops are offset by lower honey-hued Tuscan maple cabinets in the kitchen.
A stylish staircase leads to the upper level where an Lshaped landing spreads to three bedrooms, a four-piece
main bathroom and laundry room.
A walk-out basement encompasses a media room,
bedroom, four-piece bathroom and storage.