Sub­tle style, prac­ti­cal­ity seam­lessly com­bined

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

WITH its brick and cul­tured stone fa­cade and peaked roof, the Rideau piques your in­ter­est the mo­ment you set your eyes on it. Once you walk inside, turns out its in­te­rior de­sign is equally cap­ti­vat­ing. That was the idea, said Spencer Cur­tis of Hil­ton Homes.

“With its roof and stone/brick ex­te­rior, it’s def­i­nitely has a dif­fer­ent look,” he said of the strik­ing two-storey de­sign that oc­cu­pies a mid­sized lot at 111 Lake Bend Road in Bridg­wa­ter Lakes. “I think the stone, brick and peaked roof give it a unique character that makes it stand out from the other homes on the street. That theme car­ries on into its in­te­rior, too. The idea was to cre­ate a home that mixed clas­sic and mod­ern themes.” That mix of themes is ev­i­dent the mo­ment you set foot inside the home. The grand, wide foyer fea­tures a grey mar­ble floor, while the den im­me­di­ately to the left of the home’s en­trance is de­mar­cated smartly by another floor­ing ma­te­rial. “We went with dark oak hard­woods in both the den and din­ing room,” said Cur­tis. “Putting rus­tic hard­woods against the clean look of mar­ble, I think, cre­ates in­ter­est and con­trast. The feel is clas­sic and el­e­gant.” The ini­tial feel is also one of space, cour­tesy of a re­vised floor plan. “The floor plan of one of our other homes (the Elena) was sim­i­lar. With the Rideau, we bumped out the front of the home to make room for a den up front,” Cur­tis ex­plained. “It’s a beau­ti­ful, func­tional space with its high ceil­ing and three huge win­dows.” While cre­at­ing a clas­sic, el­e­gant feel was a pri­or­ity, so too was cre­at­ing a floor plan that func­tions well in ev­ery con­ceiv­able as­pect. Take the long foyer, which serves a dual pur­pose. First, it cre­ates wel­come bit of sep­a­ra­tion be­tween the foyer and great room. Sec­ond, it al­lows for the place­ment of the den and for­mal din­ing room to the left, and pro­vides a coat closet to the right along the dou­ble at­tached garage’s in­ner wall. To the right, there’s a wing with walk-in closet, pantry and pow­der room, and ac­cess to the garage. “There’s a lot of func­tion, and you haven’t even reached the great room,” he said. “As much as we wanted to cre­ate a dif­fer­ent look and feel with the Rideau, we didn’t want to lose sight of the need to cre­ate a func­tional floor plan.” The key was to make a con­cen­trated ef­fort to blend func­tion with fash­ion, he added. “Take the up­per-level stair­case. We an­gled the wall that de­fines the stair­case and then put in tem­pered glass pan­els with dark rail­ing. It not only looks great, but opens up the stairs to let in light from a huge win­dow we placed over the first land­ing. It’s a de­sign fea­ture that’s prac­ti­cal and stylish at the same time,” said Cur­tis. The same could be said of the great room, which is an ex­ceed­ingly wel­com­ing area. “Our goal for the area was to cre­ate bal­ance. There’s lots of space, the fin­ishes are rich and el­e­gant, and above all, there’s lots of light.” That light comes from sev­eral sources: a stack of floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows on the fam­ily room’s rear wall, pa­tio doors to the rear of the (huge) dinette area, an over­sized win­dow on the kitchen’s rear wall and the afore­men­tioned stair­well win­dow. “Light also comes in from the front en­trance, so you’re sur­rounded by it,” Cur­tis said. “It makes for a great in­te­rior feel.” So does the floor plan and sur­round­ing fin­ishes. Flow be­tween spa­ces is smooth, while fin­ish­ing qual­ity is stel­lar. The kitchen is par­tic­u­larly al­lur­ing, said Cur­tis.

“It’s a big fea­ture with all its cab­i­net space, work­able is­land and tons of counter and cab­i­net space; a walk-in pantry that adds even more stor­age space. For con­trast, we put seashell (off-white maple) cab­i­nets up high and espresso maple cab­i­nets down low. The grey/ white mar­ble coun­ter­tops and back­splash go per­fectly with the mar­ble floor. It’s a nice mix of clas­sic and mod­ern el­e­ments.” The fam­ily room, which is de­fined by dark oak hard­woods, fea­tures an 18-foot ceil­ing, dark maple en­ter­tain­ment unit and rib­bon­style fire­place set in a grey mar­ble sur­round. “I think the cool and dark fin­ish­ing el­e­ments work to­gether beau­ti­fully,” said Cur­tis. “In par­tic­u­lar, I think the warm wood re­ally works nicely. The fam­ily room is mod­ern, yet is still a warm and invit­ing space.” Wan­der up to the home’s sec­ond level, and one look tells you it’s ob­vi­ous it was Mis­son: Func­tion­al­ity. “It’s less dra­matic than the main floor be­cause we wanted to fo­cus on func­tion. The lay­out is very ef­fi­cient. A wing with laun­dry room and four-piece bath was placed next to the master suite, with the two bed­rooms, both which have walk-in clos­ets, across the way.” The master suite is steeped in style and light, cour­tesy of a cof­fered ceil­ing and huge pic­ture win­dow. The ad­ja­cent en­suite adds a wel­come touch of lux­ury, said Cur­tis.

“It fea­tures all kinds of style with its mar­ble floor, a cor­ner jet­ted tub, five-foot shower and white maple van­ity. It’s a rich­lyfin­ished space that en­cour­ages you to re­lax in un­der­stated lux­ury.” With its unique decor, user-friendly lay­out and wealth of nat­u­ral light, the Rideau seam­lessly com­bines sub­tle style and prac­ti­cal­ity in a pack­age that of­fers more than 3,000 square feet of liv­able space.

A dark maple en­ter­tain­ment unit and rib­bon-style fire­place work well with the dark oak hard­woods in the

fam­ily room.

The master en­suite fea­tures a mar­ble floor, cor­ner jet­ted

tub, five-foot shower and white maple van­ity.

Dark oak hard­woods adorn the din­ing room.

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