Home stretch

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

WHEN it comes to new home de­signs, cre­ativ­ity can be a good — or not so good — thing. Ap­ply it ju­di­ciously and a home can be a bal­anced de­sign that’s equal parts flair and func­tion. Go over the top — that’s easy to do when you’re try­ing to make a style state­ment — and a home could well be fash­ion­able, but lack­ing in func­tion. For builders, the key to suc­cess re­sides in walk­ing that line with dis­cre­tion. That’s ex­actly what the Gino’s Homes de­sign team did with 19 Trail­side Cres­cent, said RE/MAX Ex­ec­u­tives Realty’s Sasha Du­kic, Gino’s sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the newly-minted South Pointe show home. “Ev­ery­thing in this home works to­gether beau­ti­fully,” said Du­kic of the 1,954 sq. ft. walk-out bun­ga­low. “The home flows ex­tremely well from space to space, and the fin­ishes com­ple­ment each other per­fectly as you go from room to room. A lot of thought was put into the de­sign of the home, and it shows.” This time around in­stead of go­ing with a tried-and-true lin­ear floor plan Gino’s de­sign team opted to go with a more an­gu­lar ap­proach to lay­ing out the great room. In­stead of hav­ing the whole great room on one level, the kitchen/dinette area was set two steps above the fam­ily room. Those steps run the en­tire width of the great room, serv­ing as a sub­tle divider be­tween the two ar­eas. The de­sign team put a three-piece pic­ture win­dow on the fam­ily room’s left-hand wall and a smaller pic­ture win­dow on its rear wall. Gino’s de­sign­ers didn’t stop there with the novel lay­out. They placed pa­tio doors down three steps at the rear of the great room, and placed another mid-sized pic­ture win­dow be­hind the kitchen’s dinette area. The de­sign strat­egy, while dif­fer­ent, works. “You still get all kinds of nat­u­ral light — plus the view of the wet­lands out back — but you also get a lit­tle more pri­vacy,” said Du­kic. “Peo­ple who’ve gone through the home re­ally liked how well the great room flows, and all the light that comes in through the win­dows.” Cre­ativ­ity abounds ev­ery­where you look in the great room. The fam­ily room’s fo­cal point is a sil­ver-trimmed gas fire­place — bor­dered on ei­ther side by open, three-tiered shelv­ing units with a TV niche placed in-be­tween. The kitchen con­tains a few cre­ative touches of its own. “The L-shaped is­land is a nice touch,” said Du­kic, “it fits per­fectly in the space, and of­fers not only a raised (taupe quartz) eat­ing bar that seats two, but also a ta­ble area that seats two more. If you go to the rear of the kitchen, there’s walk-in pantry with a pocket door that can be used to close it off — and a beau­ti­ful Chevron-style tile back­splash that looks great be­hind the stain­less steel hood fan and por­to­bello maple cab­i­nets. The en­gi­neered oak hard­woods that run through the kitchen looks great, too.” Another sub­tle de­sign fea­ture adding all kinds of func­tion to the home’s main level is a wrap-around hall­way pro­vid­ing ac­cess to the bed­room wing. “It pro­vides two points of ac­cess to the bed­room wing — one off the foyer, which leads to a walk-in closet, can­tilevered door to the garage, the main floor laun­dry and the first sec­ondary bed­room,” said Du­kic. “In the mid­dle is a dou­ble-door linen closet (with tons of wire shelv­ing). Across the way is the fourpiece main bath. On the other side of that is the master suite at the end, and a bed­room next to the bath. The hall­way next to the master takes you right into the great room.” Set off in its own cor­ner of the home, the master suite is ex­actly what it should be — a serene, lux­u­ri­ous re­treat. “The win­dows are cool,” said Du­kic. “they are on ei­ther side of the bed and make for a bright yet pri­vate space with a wet­land view, and a stream­lined tran­som win­dow above lets in more light. In the en­suite, more light fil­ters in through another stream­lined tran­som high up on the rear wall, and there’s a tile shower and an air jet tub to en­joy in to­tal pri­vacy.” Down­stairs fea­tures a walk-out lower level with 1,155 sq. ft. of liv­able space. “The win­dow on the rear wall across from the dinette not only al­lows light to flow in up­stairs, but it also fil­ters down­stairs,” said Du­kic. “Pa­tio doors and a large pic­ture win­dow on the rear wall let in more light, as do two good-sized win­dows on the right-hand wall. The re­c­room has lots of space for a media and games area, and the wet bar/sit­ting area is di­vided from the car­peted rec room by a (faux tile) vinyl floor. There’s also a com­pact wing with a fourth bed­room and four-piece bath — plus a huge me­chan­i­cal/stor­age area with space for an ex­er­cise room, or fifth bed­room.” With more than 3,100 sq. ft. of liv­able space, 19 Trail­side is a well-con­ceived de­sign filled with flair and func­tion.

PHOTOS BY WAYNE GLOWACKI / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

The for­mal din­ing room is bright and airy.

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