The func­tion quo­tient

South Pointe home stylish yet liv­able

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

AS ex­cit­ing as it is to walk through a show home loaded with tons of flashy op­tions, style alone doesn’t make a home. At the end of the day, it’s a home’s func­tion quo­tient that makes it liv­able. That’s some­thing the de­sign team at KDR Homes took into ac­count when they were de­sign­ing their lat­est show home at 16 Water­stone Drive in South Pointe, said KDR’s sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Royal LePage Dy­namic Real Es­tate’s Sean Ki­rady. “This is a home that im­presses with its over­all de­sign rather than all kinds of bells and whis­tles,” he said. “It won a gold award in the Fall Pa­rade be­cause it’s a mod­ern yet func­tional de­sign that works for every­day life, yet is still beau­ti­ful.” That func­tion starts in the foyer, where, un­like most mod­ern de­signs, the en­trance is an en­tity unto it­self, seg­mented neatly from the great room by a wall that de­fines the home’s up­per-level stair­case. “I think it’s a great fea­ture,” said Ki­rady. “There’s lots of room to shed your clothes and shoes, there’s a high ceil­ing, lots of light from three ver­ti­cal win­dows and a rich feel that’s cre­ated by a taupe tile floor. At the same time, there’s a bit of mys­tery be­cause you can’t see the great room.” When you do come around the cor­ner, you en­ter an area that fea­tures ex­cep­tional bal­ance be­tween fash­ion and func­tion. To the left is an of­fice with a slid­ing barn-style door. From there, the great room opens up into an open-con­cept space in which space and light are per­va­sive, yet each space is still a dis­tinct en­tity. Case in point is the kitchen, which is de­fined by a 10-foot-long, L-shaped is­land with dou­ble sink and seat­ing for up to six peo­ple. Per­fectly pro­por­tioned and beau­ti­fully fin­ished, it pos­sesses both prac­ti­cal­ity and panache, said Ki­rady. “It’s shape opens up the kitchen’s in­te­rior, pro­vid­ing plenty of room for more than one per­son to be in the kitchen with­out feel­ing crowded,” he said “Add in a cor­ner pantry and another pantry on the right side of the fridge, and you’ve got tons of stor­age even be­fore you con­sider the (wal­nut ther­mo­foil) cab­i­nets. The cor­ner pantry also de­fines the cook­ing area, which fea­tures a stain­less steel, slide-in flat­top Kitchen Aid stove that’s com­ple­mented nicely by a (grey/light taupe) tile back­splash.” Mean­while, the spa­ces in front and be­hind the kitchen — the en­tire great room is set on el­e­gant, white (with a hint of grey) oak hard­woods — are also in­tu­itively de­signed. To the rear is a con­ve­niently sit­u­ated mud/laun­dry room that con­tains a dou­ble closet, nook for bench or stor­age unit and door that pro­vides seam­less ac­cess to the at­tached triple garage; there’s also a handy two-piece bath, as well. To the front is a din­ing area sur­rounded by three win­dows and a pa­tio door that leads to an el­e­vated deck. “Not only is the din­ing area a good size (14.1 feet by 8.2 feet), it comes with a great wet­land view,” said Ki­rady. “It can eas­ily hold a ta­ble for six to eight, and the door to the pa­tio al­lows you to ex­pand your en­ter­tain­ing area in the spring, sum­mer and fall.” Ad­di­tional — and, well-ap­pointed en­ter­tain­ment/hang-out space, at that — can be found in the ad­ja­cent fam­ily room, which seems a good deal larger than its listed square footage (16.4 feet by 15 feet) due to a rather dra­matic de­sign fea­ture. “The ceil­ing ac­tu­ally goes up to a height of 19 feet,” he said, not­ing the soar­ing ceil­ing al­lowed for another de­sir­able de­sign fea­ture, a group of four floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows. “All the nat­u­ral light and wet­land view are in­cred­i­ble, and the room is fin­ished off nicely by a gas fire­place with a stain­less steel sur­round next to and eight-foot-wide en­ter­tain­ment unit (with ther­mo­foil wal­nut TV niche and two dis­play shelves above).” Wind your way down to the walk-out base­ment, and you find a bright, er­gonom­i­cally sound area that’s steeped in fash­ion and func­tion. “Again, it’s a sim­ple, func­tional de­sign that of­fers a games area with three win­dows, a door to a cov­ered, grey slate pa­tio and a me­dia area with two huge win­dows. The wet­land view from both ar­eas is in­cred­i­ble,” Ki­rady said. “There’s also a huge bed­room with dou­ble closet and an en­suit­e­like four-piece bath.” Me­an­der up­stairs, and the home’s in­tel­li­gent de­sign con­tin­ues in the form of an up­per level with a wall that di­vides it neatly into two sec­tions. To the right of the stairs is the se­cluded master suite; to the left is a bed­room wing no­table for its ef­fi­cient use of space. “It ac­tu­ally con­tains three bed­rooms, a laun­dry room, spa­cious four-piece bath and li­nen closet,” he said. “All three bed­rooms have huge (about five-foot by five-foot) win­dows and dou­ble clos­ets with neat stor­age nooks off to the side.” Then, there’s the 14.1-foot by 15.3-foot master suite. “The bed­room is just the right size, the wet­land view is awe­some, and an en­trance fronted by another barn-style door leads to the walk-in closet and en­suite. The en­suite is a beau­ti­ful space with an­gled stand-alone soaker tub, cream porce­lain tile floor, six­foot glass/tile shower and wal­nut ther­mo­foil/quartz van­ity. It’s a de­light­ful, re­lax­ing space.” Ki­rady said the 2,647-sq.-ft. home is an ex­cep­tion­ally well-rounded de­sign. “It’s an ab­so­lute master­piece — it’s in a great lo­ca­tion (next to an up­com­ing school), the lot is both pri­vate and beau­ti­ful, and the de­sign gives you clas­sic looks with a func­tional, open-con­cept de­sign. This home has it all for a grow­ing fam­ily.”


The master suite is both spa­cious and re­lax­ing.

The din­ing area of­fers a tremen­dous view of the wet­land

area lo­cated at the rear of the home.

The walk-out base­ment of­fers a bright and er­gonom­i­cally

sound area with a great view.

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