SPACE and style
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.