LUX­U­RI­OUS and liv­able

Well-bal­anced home doesn’t miss a beat

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

FOR a large fam­ily, a home has to be many things. On the one hand, it needs to be spa­cious, yet warm and wel­com­ing. At the same time, it has to of­fer a seam­less com­bi­na­tion of style and util­ity. And it must be laid out in such a way that it func­tions well when sub­jected to the myr­iad de­mands placed upon it by ev­ery­day life. In other words, such a home must fea­ture a well-bal­anced de­sign that deftly treads the line be­tween luxury and liv­abil­ity with­out miss­ing a beat. Wel­come to 136 Lake Bend Rd., said Gino’s Homes’ sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive Aman Rai. “The feed­back on this home — which of­fers more than 3,300 sq. ft. of to­tal living space — has been won­der­ful,” she said. “Peo­ple who’ve vis­ited the home liked pretty much ev­ery­thing about it, from the colour scheme, to the floor plan on all three floors, to lit­tle de­tails like the doors and base­boards with their sub­tle, routed de­tail­ing.” Per­haps the most no­table fea­ture of the home — it be­comes ap­par­ent the mo­ment you set foot into the wide, wel­com­ing foyer — is the home’s in­te­rior am­bi­ence. “The colours and fin­ishes — grey/ green walls, nat­u­ral oak hard­woods, taupe quartz coun­ter­tops and por­to­bello-stained cab­i­nets — make for a sooth­ing, calm feel,” said Rai. “This is a home that you feel you can spend time in as soon as you walk in the front door.” Turns out, it’s a good thing the fin­ishes are warm, as there are win­dows ev­ery­where — win­dows that are not only large, but well-placed. All that glass makes for a home that rates high on the nat­u­ral bright­ness scale. “The win­dows — three large win­dows set down low in the fam­ily room (with an­other three set high above) plus three win­dows be­hind the dinette area — not only let in lots of nat­u­ral light, but they also pro­vide a beau­ti­ful view of the lake that runs be­hind the home,” she said. “It doesn’t mat­ter where you are in the great room, you have a great view of the lake, and the beau­ti­fully land­scaped back yard.” As is the case with most con­tem­po­rary great rooms, 136 Lake Bend’s is an open­con­cept de­sign. That said, each space — the fam­ily room, dinette and kitchen — are dis­tinct en­ti­ties. Flow be­tween spa­ces is seam­less for en­ter­tain­ing pur­poses, but each area is de­fined suf­fi­ciently; each area (thank­fully) has its own per­son­al­ity, yet with enough buf­fer space be­tween to al­low for ease of move­ment. “The dinette area is can­tilevered to cre­ate sep­a­ra­tion from the kitchen, which is de­fined by a 10-foot-by-four-foot is­land with eat­ing nook and dou­ble sink,” Rai said. “And the fam­ily room is a beau­ti­fully fin­ished, dra­matic space that’s de­fined by an 18-foot ceil­ing that makes it feel even larger than it is. Its fo­cal point is a gas fire­place (with TV niche above) set in Tyn­dall stone with espresso shelv­ing up high, and espresso cab­i­nets down low.” While the kitchen and dinette area are ex­cep­tion­ally func­tional, there’s more func­tion placed to the area’s rear, she added. “There are pa­tio doors that lead to a cov­ered deck, and then a short hall­way that takes you to an area that con­tains a mini of­fice with four win­dows (plus wet­land view), big mud/laun­dry room (with win­dow) and door that gives you easy ac­cess to the garage. There’s also an area that’s per­fect for a bench to take boots and shoes off with coat hooks and stor­age above.” Go­ing up­stairs to the home’s sec­ond level is a plea­sur­able ex­pe­ri­ence thanks to a wide, an­gu­lar stair­case bor­dered by tem­pered glass in­serts and cap­puc­cino-stained

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