Bal­anc­ing act: form and func­tion

Oak Bluff beauty has ev­ery­thing you need

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

WHEN it comes to new-home de­sign, bal­ance must be present in two key ar­eas in or­der for the de­sign to be func­tional. First, the floor plan must make sense. Sec­ond, the dif­fer­ent fin­ishes must be ap­plied in such a way that they com­ple­ment the func­tional floor plan in taste­ful fash­ion. Go even slightly over the top with fin­ishes and a well-con­ceived floor plan can be lost amid all the glitz and glam­our. That’s not the case with Artista Homes’ lat­est show home at 8 Or­chard Gate in Oak Bluff West, said Artista’s sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Royal LePage Al­liance’s Jen­nifer Gu­lay. “The first thing that strikes you as you walk through the home is that the floor plan is re­ally well-thought-out,” she said. “Not only does this home have ev­ery­thing you need, it’s been placed ex­actly where you need it.” Be­cause the walk-out bun­ga­low mea­sures in at 2,300 square feet on the main floor and 1,600 square feet down­stairs (the home is 62 feet wide) — mak­ing for 3,900 square feet of to­tal liv­able space — there’s plenty of room for all kinds of dif­fer­ent spa­ces, from dens to laun­dry rooms to dining rooms and dinette ar­eas. How­ever, the key is that there’s a rea­son why each space has been placed where it is. It all starts with the home’s lay­out, said Gu­lay. “It’s ac­tu­ally a split plan, with the mas­ter suite on one side of the home, while the den, two sec­ondary bed­rooms, a four-piece main bath and laun­dry room are on the op­po­site side,” she ex­plained. “Ev­ery­one who’s viewed the home has re­ally liked it be­cause it has all the dif­fer­ent spa­ces you need to make the home liv­able on a day-to-day ba­sis. It’s ba­si­cally di­vided up into thirds, which works re­ally well with the great room in the mid­dle and bed­rooms on ei­ther side. It’s a home that is very func­tional and pri­vate.” First comes the pri­vacy. Placed to the right of the gen­er­ous foyer with a glas­si­fied, front-ori­ented den, the mas­ter suite is tucked away in (you guessed it) a pri­vate spot. Clearly (as should be the case), the in­tent of Artista’s de­sign team was to cre­ate a se­cluded retreat that was serene, func­tional and beau­ti­ful. The seren­ity, it turns out, is de­liv­ered via a large, three-piece pic­ture win­dow that pro­vides a near-panoramic view of the lake that runs be­hind the home. Func­tion comes from the bed­room’s size (13.5 feet by 14 feet), which makes it large enough to con­tain a read­ing space, yet in­ti­mate enough to feel cosy. It in­cludes a walk-in closet with over­sized tran­som win­dow the size of a small bed­room. Gu­lay said the beauty comes from the spa-like en­suite’s won­der­ful col­lec­tion of fin­ishes and top-drawer ameni­ties. “The fin­ishes — light grey tile floor, grey van­ity, quartz coun­ter­top and earth tone colour pal­ette — are mod­ern, yet warm. At the same time, the ameni­ties — six-foot jet­ted soaker tub, five-foot cus­tom (tem­pered glass/tile) shower with rain shower head and two body washes — pro­vide a real feel of luxury. It’s also a bright space, with lots of light com­ing in from a large win­dow over the tub and an over­sized tran­som in the walk-in closet.” A short hall­way takes you to the great room, which, not sur­pris­ingly, fea­tures a well-bal­anced de­sign that’s at once bright, yet warm and open, yet de­fined. “All kinds of light comes in from all the win­dows on the great room’s back wall, win­dows that are larger than nor­mal be­cause the ceil­ing is 12 feet high,” said Gu­lay. “That makes an al­ready roomy area feel that much more spa­cious. Flow be­tween spa­ces is ex­cel­lent, yet even though the great room is very open, each space is still de­fined. The fire­place divides the fam­ily room and dining room and the is­land de­fines the kitchen, which also comes with a huge dinette area next to a pair of large win­dows.” Even though the great room comes with space aplenty, it’s not a cold space. Fin­ishes such as medium-brown en­gi­neered oak hard­woods, which run through most of the main floor, light grey maple cab­i­netry and off-white quartz coun­ter­tops — not to men­tion the fire­place with its cul­tured stone sur­round — com­bine to cre­ate a mod­ern warmth that draws you into the area and com­pels you to stay awhile. Head down­stairs to the home’s walk-out lower level and, as is the case on the main floor, you im­me­di­ately feel at home. Light floods in from a se­ries of large win­dows placed along its rear wall, while dark taupe car­pet­ing pro­vides a warm, plush coun­ter­point. As is the case up­stairs, the rec room is di­vided into dis­tinct ar­eas that fea­ture a per­fect bal­ance be­tween style and util­ity. “Again, like the great room, the rec room is open, yet de­fined,” she said. “There are two games ar­eas, a wet bar and beau­ti­ful home theatre area with huge win­dow and gas fire­place. The wall next to it has gor­geous cul­tured stone trim around the win­dows of the room next door, an ex­er­cise room where you can go to get in a work­out at any time of day. There’s also a (huge) fourth bed­room, four-piece bath and tons of stor­age space.” Over­all, 8 Or­chard Gate is a well-bal­anced de­sign that’s equal parts liv­abil­ity and style.

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