De­grees of sep­a­ra­tion

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

IF there’s one thing a grow­ing fam­ily can’t live with­out, it’s space. Then — in no par­tic­u­lar or­der — other non-ne­go­tiable new-home fea­tures would be util­ity, sep­a­ra­tion and, of course, style. That said, style is nice, but if a home isn’t ev­ery­day liv­able, style is just mean­ing­less win­dow dress­ing. The Amherst III — a 1,955-square-foot cabover de­sign found at 228 Stan Bailie Dr. in South Pointe — con­tin­ues to be one of Hil­ton Homes’ best­selling mod­els be­cause of its high de­gree of liv­abil­ity, said Hil­ton Homes’ Spencer Curtis. “It makes such a good fam­ily home be­cause of its vol­ume, space, airy feel and sep­a­ra­tion,” he said. “There’s plenty of sep­a­ra­tion, so you never feel as if you’re on top of each other when you’re spend­ing time at home as a fam­ily. At the same time, the open-con­cept de­sign makes for a home that flows well, so you never feel boxed in, ei­ther.” The rea­son you don’t feel boxed in is be­cause the home has an airy feel that makes it feel ul­tra-spa­cious. That feel comes from a de­sign fea­ture that can be seen di­rectly over­head, said Curtis. “A vaulted ceil­ing runs through the great room and into the for­mal dining room,” he ex­plained. “Not only that, but the foyer has a high ceil­ing that makes it feel even larger than it is, too. When you add in the fact that each space is gen­er­ous in its pro­por­tions, you get a home that feels larger than its listed square footage.” In and of it­self, the foyer is im­pres­sive. Set down sev­eral steps be­low the main level, it’s ex­cep­tion­ally wide (18 feet to be ex­act), bright and beau­ti­fully fin­ished. More im­por­tantly, it’s very func­tional, said Curtis. “We put in an area (to the right of the door) ideal for a bench where guests can sit down and take their shoes off in an area that’s out of the way,” he said. “Then, to the left of the front en­trance, there’s a con­ve­nient laun­dry room, door to the at­tached garage and a big coat closet. The floor­ing is a gor­geous, durable (light taupe) ce­ramic tile, and we put an an­gled art/dis­play niche in next to the stairs for good mea­sure.” Take a brief stair­way to the main level, and you im­me­di­ately come upon a large, open-con­cept dining room that’s bor­dered to the rear by a one-third (light taupe) wall with dark oak cap­ping and tem­pered glass cut-outs.

“It’s a great space for en­ter­tain­ing, it’s huge, and even though it’s sub­tly sep­a­rated from the great room (by a three-quar­ter wall that al­lows light to flow from the great room into the dining room), flow into it from the great room is easy thanks to a nice, large en­trance. It also has a can­tilevered buf­fet niche that pro­vides room for a unit to store your din­ner­ware with­out tak­ing away room to move in the dining room.” Ven­ture into the great room, and you en­counter a space that’s lit­er­ally been di­vided into two halves. To the left is the fam­ily room, to the right is an ex­pan­sive kitchen/ dining com­bi­na­tion that of­fers a per­fect blend of style and func­tion. So much func­tion, in fact, that the over­sized dinette area can open up the dining room to be used as a flex room. “One of our buy­ers ac­tu­ally turned the dining room into a sit­ting area be­cause the dinette area was so big,” said Curtis. “It’s a great area. Not only is it huge, but it’s next to pa­tio doors that let in lots of nat­u­ral light, too.” Mean­while, the ad­ja­cent kitchen, with its six-foot by three-foot is­land, of­fers the same high level of func­tion. “The aisle be­tween the is­land and stove is about four-and-a-half feet wide, while the aisle be­tween the is­land and fridge is four feet wide. There’s plenty of room to move around to cre­ate in a kitchen that’s as beau­ti­ful as it is func­tional. A big cor­ner pantry adds ex­tra stor­age space while thun­der maple cab­i­nets, min­era (grey with sil­ver flecks) quartz coun­ter­tops (light taupe) tile floor and a taupe glass tile back­splash add style.” There’s also plenty of style and func­tion to be had in the fam­ily room across the way, he added. “It’s a big, bright space (be­neath the vaulted ceil­ing) that we de­fined by us­ing cap­puc­cino (with a hint of grey) en­gi­neered oak hard­woods,” Curtis said. “Light just pours in from a huge pic­ture win­dow, and the rib­bon fire­place set in light taupe tile next to a dark oak en­ter­tain­ment unit make for a beau­ti­fully fin­ished fo­cal point. We also put in a burnt or­ange ac­cent wall to add in­ter­est.” The home is then capped off by a mas­sive, el­e­vated mas­ter suite that was de­signed for one pur­pose. “We wanted it to be a retreat. With its size, his and hers walk-in clos­ets and spa-like en­suite — we made it a bit smaller and put in a six-foot soaker tub (set in the same light taupe tile as the floor) with hand-held shower wand , I think we achieved that goal.” Fi­nally, the bright lower level — loads of nat­u­ral light en­ters via four huge win­dows — of­fers an­other 1,000 sq. ft. of space that can be tai­lored to a fam­ily’s ex­act needs. “You could put in as many as three bed­rooms,” said Curtis. “Most peo­ple tend to go with two bed­rooms, a bath­room, a huge rec room and stor­age. With nearly 3,000 sq. ft. of func­tional, liv­able space, The Amherst III is a great fam­ily home.”

The ‘spa-like’ en­suite off of the mas­ter bed­room fea­tures

a six-foot soaker tub.

An eat­ing area near the kitchen sits next to pa­tio doors

that let in lots of nat­u­ral light.

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