A love storey

Artista has fun with var­ied floor lev­els in two-storey home

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

DE­SIGN­ING a new home is a tricky propo­si­tion. On the one hand, builders want to come up with a de­sign that’s strik­ing and mem­o­rable. At the same time, how­ever, that de­sign must be prac­ti­cal, which is to say it must be user-friendly in ev­ery as­pect. Artista Homes has achieved that — and more — with its 2,872 sq. ft., two-storey show home at 124 Lake Bend Rd. in Bridg­wa­ter Lakes, said Artista’s sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the home, Phil Amero of Royal LePage Al­liance. “With this home, Artista’s de­sign team was af­ter an open, airy feel, yet they also wanted de­cent di­vi­sion be­tween spa­ces,” he said. “While this home has plenty of wow fac­tor, it’s above all a home that func­tions well.” He added that func­tion­al­ity was at­tained in an imag­i­na­tive way. “This home is ac­tu­ally a multi-level two­s­torey de­sign. To add in­ter­est on the main floor, the fam­ily room was sunken down a cou­ple of steps, while the sun­room was set up a cou­ple of steps from the main level. The change in lev­els isn’t dra­matic, but it cre­ates dis­tinct spa­ces that are still easy to ac­cess.” In fact, the lay­out of the home’s main liv­ing area is in­ge­nious. The kitchen and din­ing area were placed in the cen­tre, with the sun­room off the the left, and the fam­ily room down to the right. At the same time, those spa­ces are sur­rounded by all kinds of glass — and a won­der­ful mix of mod­ern and rus­tic ma­te­ri­als. The re­sult is a home that’s an an­ti­dote to bore­dom on ev­ery level. Most im­por­tantly, func­tion hasn’t been sac­ri­ficed in the pur­suit of pizazz. Case in point is the kitchen/sun­room area, which is both func­tional and dra­matic. In the kitchen, the func­tion comes from the ex­tra-wide aisles that sur­round a 9.5foot by 4-foot (dark grey) quartz is­land that seats three to four. That func­tion is en­hanced fur­ther by a huge six-door pantry, plenty of counter space, an easy-to-main­tain (taupe) porce­lain tile floor and stylish stain­less-bor­dered pull-up Euro cab­i­nets over the un­der­mounted dou­ble sink. There’s just as much func­tion in the din­ing area, added Amero. “As it is right now, there’s a ta­ble for six in it, but you it could easily hold a ta­ble for 10 to 12. It’s a gen­er­ous area with all kinds of room to move, and there’s also a huge pic­ture win­dow be­hind it that gives you a great view of the wet­lands that run be­hind the home. It also shares a cool de­sign fea­ture with the sun­room, too.” That fea­ture is a soar­ing ceil­ing that — thanks to banks of win­dows set up high on the rear walls — al­lows for an ex­tra in­jec­tion of nat­u­ral light. Then, there’s the sun­room it­self, de­fined not only by be­ing set (ap­prox­i­mately) a foot higher than the main floor, but also by warm, wide-plank hick­ory hard­woods. And a true sun­room it is, sur­rounded by no fewer than eight win­dows. “It’s just a fab­u­lous space,” said Amero. “There’s plenty of room to sit and re­lax or visit, and the view is in­cred­i­ble.” Across the way is the sunken fam­ily room, a space that ex­em­pli­fies the home’s mod­ern­rus­tic theme. “It re­ally is a great mix of mod­ern and rus­tic de­sign themes with its dark-stained fir trim and beams at its en­trance, a cul­tured stone fea­ture wall, en­gi­neered hick­ory floors and (rib­bon-style) gas fire­place set in a rolled steel sur­round,” he said. “There’s also a black (routered) wood wall with built-in aquar­ium that di­vides the liv­ing room from a space at the front that can be ei­ther a den or for­mal din­ing room depend­ing on your needs.” Head up­stairs via an open-riser, espresso maple stair­case, and you en­counter a bright, well-laid-out sec­ond level. To the right of the stairs — they’re bor­dered by stain­less steel rail­ing with tem­pered glass in­serts — is a games/media area. A wing to the rear con­tains a bed­room, sit­ting area (with pa­tio door to a bal­cony) and sec­ond floor laun­dry room. To the left of the stairs is a wing that houses the main bath, another bed­room — and the home’s star at­trac­tion, an imag­i­na­tive­ly­de­signed master suite the size of a small apart­ment. “It’s a lux­u­ri­ous yet prac­ti­cal space,” said Amero. “It has pa­tio door that lead to its own pri­vate bal­cony, room for a sit­ting/read­ing area, (heated) taupe tile floor (in both the bed­room and en­suite), and a dark cul­tured stone wall be­hind the bed. The bed­room is a warm, re­lax­ing space.” The en­suite — found be­hind a two-third faux-fin­ished wall with four-foot-wide en­trance — is, not sur­pris­ingly, spa-like in its de­sign. “There’s a stand-alone soaker, tem­pered glass/tile shower with (square) rain shower head, hand-held wand and three body sprays and dual sinks ei­ther side of a white maple/ quartz cen­tre van­ity,” he said. “There’s a TV built into the mir­ror.” A 2,000-plus sq. ft. walk-out lower level then awaits down­stairs, fea­tur­ing an ex­er­cise area, games area and media area — all with wet­land views. A com­pact wing to the rear houses a fourth bed­room and three-piece bath, and then, off to the right is a man cave where NFL fans will be in their glory. “We had the man­nequins cus­tom made, and even sourced the uni­forms from NFL teams,” said Amero. “It’s a fea­ture that peo­ple re­ally talk about. Like the home, it’s cool, yet prac­ti­cal. I think its de­sign pushes the en­ve­lope, yet it’s also very func­tional.”

WAYNE GLOWACKI / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

The new home for sale at 124 Lake Bend Road is a 2,872 square foot two-storey show home built by Artista Homes.

The home is a multi-level two-storey de­sign. The fam­ily room was sunken down a cou­ple of steps, while the sun­room was set up a cou­ple of steps from the main level.

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