Room to grow

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

IF you’re the par­ents of two or three chil­dren, space is para­mount. Un­for­tu­nately, that need tends to con­flict with re­al­ity, which dic­tates that a home pos­sess­ing 2,000 sq. ft. of living space might not be af­ford­able. It’s time to re-think that equa­tion, said Rene Giroux of Kens­ing­ton Homes. “(Our) de­sign­ers have come up with a new de­sign called the Pa­cific,” he said. “It’s a two­s­torey, 2,123-sq.-ft. home that of­fers an­other 1,000 sq. ft. of liv­able space down­stairs. Best of all, you can get the home for $479,900, a price that in­cludes net GST and much more.” Turns out, the home is loaded with a host of fea­tures. “It also in­cludes a deck, land­scap­ing, ap­pli­ances and drapes,” Giroux said. “It’s a won­der­fully de­signed home that of­fers ex­cep­tional value.” While the show home comes loaded, it also comes with some de­sir­able stan­dard fea­tures. “Take the kitchen, for ex­am­ple,” he said. “Espresso maple cab­i­nets and an espresso maple is­land come stan­dard, as does the fire­place/en­ter­tain­ment unit in the fam­ily room, which comes with a cul­tured stone wall, puck light­ing, maple draw­ers and float­ing shelv­ing.” As fetch­ing as the sur­round­ings are, it’s more im­por­tant that its floor plan be func­tional. For­tu­nately, Kens­ing­ton’s de­sign team didn’t over­look that, Giroux said. “From the foyer in, the home’s lay­out works ex­tremely well. The foyer is gen­er­ous, and (it) im­me­di­ately opens on to a dining room/sit­ting area with a soar­ing ceil­ing. The stair­case that leads to the up­per level is in the cen­tre, cre­at­ing two hall­ways. One leads to the great room on the right, while the one on the left takes you to a pow­der room, walk-in coat closet and den.” It’s in this area that the home’s flex­i­ble de­sign comes into play, he added. “Should you need a fourth bed­room, the den could be turned into a main-floor bed­room. The closet would be re­moved to cre­ate a three-piece en­suite; the en­trance to the garage would be moved… and the coat closet would be can­tilevered neatly into the garage. It could be a great area for a teenager, or even for a par­ent who wanted to come and live with your fam­ily.” The hall­way to the right leads to a well-pro­por­tioned great room that’s di­vided into three ar­eas: fam­ily room (11.2 feet by 16.8 feet) to the left, dinette (eight feet by 15 feet) in the cen­tre, and kitchen (10.2 feet by 12.5 feet) to the right. “I like the fact that the kitchen and dinette ar­eas open di­rectly onto the fam­ily room for great flow and con­nec­tion, yet the stair­case pro­vides sep­a­ra­tion be­tween the great room and the dining room/sit­ting area,” Giroux said. “The sep­a­ra­tion makes it an ideal area for en­ter­tain­ing, as you can break up into groups and visit. If you’re at home with the fam­ily, you can read a book in the sit­ting area while they’re in the fam­ily room.” At the same time, the great room is nat­u­rally bright due to a wealth of win­dows — and sun­light that fil­ters into it from the dining room/sit­ting room. “Around noon ev­ery day, light pours in from win­dows set up high in the dining room/ sit­ting room area,” he said. “Light also pours in from the deck doors, from a large pic­ture win­dow in the fam­ily room and from a three­piece win­dow over the dou­ble sink in the kitchen.” The nat­u­ral bright­ness is off­set by warm fin­ishes – espresso maple cab­i­nets, beige/ taupe lam­i­nate coun­ter­tops, a tri-coloured (taupe/beige/terra cotta) tile back­splash, earth-tone colour pal­ette and wide-plank (taupe-tinted) lam­i­nate oak hard­woods. “For a fam­ily, the lam­i­nate hard­woods are a great se­lec­tion. You al­most can’t tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween them and hard­wood floors, yet they with­stand wear far bet­ter than real hard­woods,” said Giroux. A sec­ond-floor laun­dry room (with huge win­dow of its own) was placed at the end of the hall, with a 10.2-foot by 10.4 bed­room to its right. From there, a gen­er­ous hall­way leads to a four-piece bath, sec­ond bed­room (11.4 feet by 10 feet) and fi­nally to the mas­ter suite at the end of the hall­way. “It’s a very nice size (at 18.5 feet by 13.3 feet) and comes with two win­dows (huge pic­ture win­dow plus over­sized tran­som over the bed), big walk-in closet and a spa­cious en­suite with heated tile floor, cor­ner jet­ted soaker tub, five-foot shower and maple van­ity,” he said. “It caps off a func­tional, fash­ion­able and flex­i­ble de­sign off in per­fect style.” Fin­ish the base­ment with two bed­rooms, a rec room, bath­room and stor­age, and you have one af­ford­able, fam­ily-friendly de­sign.

The fire­place/en­ter­tain­ment unit in the fam­ily room comes with a cul­tured stone wall, puck light­ing, maple

draw­ers and float­ing shelv­ing.

The open dining and sit­ting ar­eas fea­ture a

soar­ing ceil­ing.

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