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

AS a home builder, it can be dif­fi­cult to be dar­ingly dif­fer­ent with home de­signs. Why? Be­cause the home­build­ing in­dus­try is driven by trends that in­clude open­con­cept great rooms. Most homes on the mar­ket to­day, for bet­ter or for worse, are cen­tred around wide-open great rooms. Thank­fully, there’s the oc­ca­sional de­sign that dares to be dif­fer­ent. Phil Mosher, a sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive with Maric Homes, said 43 Bo­re­alis Bay is one such home. “This is a re­ally neat home,” he said. “Each space is de­fined, yet you’re not walled in, by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion. It’s a home with a lay­out that gives you the best of both worlds — def­i­ni­tion and ex­cel­lent flow be­tween spa­ces. I’ve been in the real es­tate busi­ness for over 20 years, and this is one of the best, most in­no­va­tive de­signs I’ve seen.” The key to the de­sign of 43 Bo­re­alis is Maric’s de­sign team thought out­side the box. Case in point is the home’s hub, a.k.a. the great room. Whereas most great rooms might be di­vided up into three ar­eas, the great room in 43 Bo­re­alis is di­vided neatly into five dis­tinct ar­eas: a com­puter nook off the kitchen, the is­land kitchen it­self, an in­for­mal dining area, a living room and a li­brary. “There’s a des­ig­nated area for ev­ery­thing — the study area, is­land kitchen and (huge) in­for­mal dining area are all dis­tinct spa­ces, but open onto each other for easy ac­cess,” said Mosher. “At the same time, there’s lots of light. The com­puter nook is next to two win­dows and pa­tio doors that lead to a cov­ered deck, and the dining area has three large win­dows be­hind it.” In­stead of be­ing open to each other, the kitchen/dining area and fam­ily room are neatly sep­a­rated by a gor­geous, mapletrimmed (beige) tile wall that houses a TV and three-sided fire­place; en­trances on ei­ther side pro­vide seam­less ac­cess to the fam­ily room and li­brary. Like the kitchen, the fam­ily room’s rear wall is filled with a glass, mak­ing for a bright space that’s also privy to a wet­land view. “Ev­ery space is filled with light, and the at­ten­tion to de­tail is ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble,” Mosher said. “I love the mov­able TV niche, which al­lows you to ro­tate the TV to face ei­ther the kitchen or fam­ily room — it’s a neat fea­ture that al­lows you to watch TV no mat­ter where you are in the great room.” He added the fin­ish­ing ma­te­ri­als are also sec­ond to none. “As is al­ways the case with Maric de­signs, the wood­work is just gor­geous — the base­boards, door trim, win­dow sills and doors,” Mosher said. “More than that, the other ma­te­ri­als — taupe (heated) tile floor in the kitchen (and foyer), cream quartz coun­ter­tops, brown cab­i­nets (with white cab­i­nets above the stove for con­trast) and taupe tile back­splash — make for a rich, warm in­te­rior feel that goes through ev­ery space.” Flow from the fam­ily room into the li­brary — which is smartly sep­a­rated from the fam­ily room by three stylish pil­lars and fea­tures walls lined with rich maple shelv­ing — and into the foyer is seam­less. For added con­ve­nience, a large mu­d­room/ laun­dry room and handy pow­der room are placed to the left of the foyer. “The lay­out is as the same qual­ity as the home’s fin­ish­ing qual­ity,” said Mosher. “Ev­ery­thing is ex­actly where it should be.” Mean­while, head­ing up­stairs is a plea­sure thanks to a beau­ti­ful maple stair­case with tem­pered-glass in­serts; light flows freely through the glass, while the stain and routered de­tails on the rail­ing are some­thing to be­hold. The same could be said for the up­per level, which is laid out around a T-shaped land­ing. “One of the first things you no­tice is all the light that pours in from two win­dows set up high over the foyer,” he said. “It’s a su­per floor plan that makes the most of the avail­able space, with one bed­room to the left of the stair­well, a four-piece bath in the cen­tre and an­other big bed­room to the right.” As it should be, the up­per level’s fi­nal space, the so­lar­ium, is its un­ques­tioned cen­tre­piece. “It’s ab­so­lutely filled with light — there are three win­dows on its rear wall and two win­dows plus pa­tio door on its front wall; that pa­tio door leads to your own pri­vate deck. The bed­room is huge, with loads of space for a big bed and fur­ni­ture, plus a sit­ting area next to the pa­tio door.” The en­suite isn’t too shabby ei­ther, said Mosher. “With its tem­pered-glass, barn-door-style en­trance, heated taupe tile floor, tem­pered­glass shower en­clo­sure and a bub­ble jet soaker tub tucked away neatly to the rear of the en­suite in a tile niche with maple trim, it’s a space made for re­lax­ation,” he said. Re­lax­ation is also the theme down­stairs in the walk­out base­ment. Like the main floor, it’s bright, warm and neatly seg­mented. On one side is a games area, play area and me­dia area bathed in light from three win­dows; on the other is an ex­er­cise room off a brief hall­way that also con­tains a four-piece bath and a huge, fourth bed­room with walk-in closet. “Add in the lower level, and you have a beau­ti­ful, func­tional home that of­fers over 3,500 square feet of to­tal living space,” Mosher said. “Maric re­ally knocked it out of the park with this de­sign, from top to bot­tom.”

PHO­TOS BY BORIS MINKEVICH / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

Light pours in from win­dows set up high over the foyer.

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