SPACE and style

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

ONE pri­or­ity tops all oth­ers with large fam­i­lies: the need for space. If you’re a fam­ily of five, that need is, well, crit­i­cal. Which is to say four to five bed­rooms are needed, along with a rec room, and hope­fully, a bonus room — and a few other ar­eas that can be ac­cessed to es­cape what of­ten amounts to a log­jam of hu­man­ity dur­ing the of­ten-in­sane rigours of daily life. Thank­fully, Sig­na­ture Homes’ lat­est show home, the East­gate is up to the task, said Sig­na­ture’s sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Max­i­mum Real Es­tate’s Jeff McArthur. “This home is nice and big at 2,453 square feet,” he said. “There’s all kinds of space on ev­ery level — from the open-con­cept main level, to the sec­ond floor, which has three bed­rooms plus a bonus room, to the base­ment (all 1,100 sq. ft. of it) which can hold two more bed­rooms plus a rec room, bath­room and stor­age.” Per­haps the most im­por­tant part of the East­gate’s de­sign is that the de­sign has been well-thought-out. Af­ter all, it’s one thing to have space, but that face has to be func­tional. For­tu­nately, Sig­na­ture’s de­sign team put a lot of thought into how the home should work for a fam­ily, start­ing from the foyer in. “I would say this is one of our best de­signs from a func­tion stand­point,” said McArthur. “The foyer is gen­er­ous and feels even big­ger be­cause there’s a flex space (which can be a sit­ting area, den or li­brary) to the right. To the left is a hall­way that holds a handy pow­der room (to the right) laun­dry room (to the left), and a door­way to a walk-in pantry that al­lows you to take gro­ceries straight through to the kitchen from the garage.” That in­her­ent func­tion­al­ity extends into the kitchen/dining area, which, thanks to the home’s gen­er­ous square footage, isn’t lack­ing in space. There’s am­ple room for a seven-foot by four-foot is­land with seat­ing for three, plus a dining area that can eas­ily hold six to 10. Most im­por­tantly, though each space is open to each other, there’s enough sep­a­ra­tion be­tween spa­ces for def­i­ni­tion. That sep­a­ra­tion comes from am­ple buf­fer room be­tween the kitchen and dining area, and fam­ily room (more about it shortly). All that space means guests or fam­ily mem­bers can move about in un­en­cum­bered fash­ion sur­rounded by style, said McArthur. “Not only is the great room func­tional, but it’s also beau­ti­fully fin­ished. The (medium por­to­bello) maple cab­i­nets, cream-coloured quartz coun­ter­tops, (taupe) glass style back­splash and wide plank lam­i­nate hard­woods make for warm sur­round­ings. Doors, base­boards and trim have also been stained a medium brown to add to that warm feel. At the same time, there’s lots of light due to the pa­tio door and large win­dows on the rear wall.” Seem­ingly placed off in its own lit­tle el­e­gant cor­ner of the great room, the fam­ily room caps off the area in spa­cious, un­der­stated style. “I think its de­sign is sim­ple, yet very ef­fec­tive and quite strik­ing,” he said. “In­stead of go­ing with an elab­o­rate en­ter­tain­ment unit, they went with a sim­ple TV niche and put a rib­bon fire­place be­neath a dis­play area on the wall next to it. There’s all kinds of room for fur­ni­ture, and light just spills in from the pic­ture win­dow. It’s an ac­ces­si­ble space that’s great for vis­it­ing with com­pany af­ter din­ner.” The theme up­stairs is the same as on the main floor: space, light and a floor plan that lends it­self to liv­abil­ity. Both sec­ondary bed­rooms are over­sized with large win­dows, dou­ble clos­ets and can­tilevered nooks for stor­age, or even a stu­dent desk. At the same time, the main bath is a large — and as wellap­pointed — as some en­suites. As im­pres­sive as those three spa­ces are, two other spa­ces draw your at­ten­tion: a bonus room, and (of course) the mas­ter suite. “The bonus room — it’s about 14 feet by 15 feet in size — can be used ei­ther as a fourth bed­room, or as a me­dia room, play room or den; most peo­ple use it as a me­dia room,” he said. “It’s a space that adds an ex­tra di­men­sion to the home.” Next is the mas­ter suite, a pos­i­tively cav­ernous space at al­most 20 feet by 12.5 feet. “With its vaulted ceil­ing and huge pic­ture win­dow, it’s a huge, light-filled space that’s a joy to come home to at the end of the day,” said McArthur. “Ev­ery­one loves the two hisand-her walk-in clos­ets — they’re huge, and of­fer all kinds of stor­age place for wardrobes. There’s a also a good-sized en­suite with a faux tile floor, maple van­ity and five-foot shower.” He added that the East­gate is ideal for a grow­ing, ac­tive fam­ily. “Add in the base­ment, and you have a home that of­fers over 3,500 sq. ft. of to­tal living space with five bed­rooms, bonus room, gen­er­ous great room and fea­tures such as a main­floor laun­dry and walk-in pantry,” he said. “It’s an ex­cit­ing time for us. We’re now part of J & G Homes out of Bran­don, and they’re go­ing to con­tinue the tra­di­tion of qual­ity and ex­cel­lent cus­tomer ser­vice that Sig­na­ture Homes has been know for over the years.”

Both sec­ondary bed­rooms are over­sized with large win­dows, a dou­ble closet and can­tilevered area for a

desk or stor­age.

A large pic­ture win­dow and vaulted ceil­ing give the mas­ter suite a bright, airy feel.

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