Here comes the sun

Sage Creek two-storey loaded with win­dows

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

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.

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