Tran­si­tional style

De­fined spa­ces the sig­na­ture of this South Pointe stun­ner

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

DE­SIGN­ING the floor plan of a new home can be a tricky busi­ness. Make the de­sign too open-con­cept, and you run the risk of mak­ing a home’s great room feel cav­ernous and lack­ing in­ti­macy. Make it too seg­mented, and a home can lack flow and the pleas­ing in­ter­play of nat­u­ral light re­sult­ing from one room open­ing to another. A & S Homes has come up with a de­sign that deftly bridges the gap be­tween ul­tra-open and overly-seg­mented de­signs, said RE/MAX Per­for­mance Realty’s Rob Hutchi­son, sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the two­s­torey show home found in South Pointe at 206 Stan Bailie Drive. “If you asked me to cat­e­go­rize the home’s styling, I’d say it’s tran­si­tional,” Hutchi­son said of the 2,012 sq. ft. Fiera Vista. “It’s not ul­tra-mod­ern, and it’s not clas­sic. It’s very con­tem­po­rary in that it’s open, but there’s enough seg­men­ta­tion be­tween spa­ces to give each one def­i­ni­tion. The re­sult is a spa­cious yet cozy home that has a nice, warm in­te­rior feel.” The first area that dif­fers from many mod­ern de­signs is the home’s foyer, said Hutchi­son. “It’s a de­fined, sep­a­rate space that gives you a for­mal en­try into the home. Yet, thanks to its 18-foot ceil­ing and light flood­ing in from a huge win­dow above the front door, you don’t feel as if space is lack­ing at all. And you don’t see the home open up right in front of you, which I think is a nice fea­ture.” At the same time, there’s plenty of util­ity flank­ing you on ei­ther side as you move in­side. To the left is a large closet and a handy pow­der room, tucked neatly away down three steps to the right is the lower level stair­well and another highly func­tional space — a huge main floor laun­dry/ mud­room. “With all its cab­i­nets, counter space, sink and big win­dow, it’s a fab­u­lous area,” said Hutchi­son. “There’s all kinds of room to do your laun­dry, yet it’s both out of the way and close to ev­ery­thing. It also pro­vides you with ac­cess to the over­sized dou­ble at­tached garage.” A short way to the left is the din­ing room, which again blends tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary de­sign themes. Tucked away to the side, it’s a de­fined space due to its re­cessed place­ment and pil­lared en­trance. Yet, it’s also open to the re­main­der of the great room, en­sur­ing that flow be­tween the two ar­eas is seam­less. An an­gled en­trance pro­vides ac­cess into a great room that is open, yet seg­mented. One half of the area con­tains the kitchen and dinette area, while the sec­ond half holds the fam­ily room. “The dif­fer­ent spa­ces are open to each other, but you still get a for­mal feel to the home,” said Hutchi­son. “The kitchen is quite large with a seven-foot by three foot is­land with raised eat­ing bar (for two to three), yet there’s still plenty of room for a huge dinette area by two win­dows and pa­tio doors that lead to a back yard deck. There’s also tons of cap­puc­cino maple cab­i­nets and plenty of counter space. The grey gran­ite coun­ter­tops are gor­geous, and the taupe (glass) tile back­splash is a nice touch.”

Next door is the fam­ily room, loaded with space and style. “I ab­so­lutely love the tex­tured grey tile that sur­rounds the fire­place. It has a wavy, rip­ple-like look to it that’s dif­fer­ent, and looks great. Next to it is a grey TV niche with dark maple man­tel and shelv­ing that beau­ti­fully com­ple­ments the fire­place’s fea­ture wall,” said Hutchi­son. “A large pic­ture win­dow lets in plenty of nat­u­ral light, and the cap­puc­cino maple hard­woods add warmth. The great room is per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing.”

Like­wise, the home’s up­per level was de­signed specif­i­cally to of­fer a place of respite for the home’s oc­cu­pants. Sep­a­ra­tion be­tween the two bed­rooms — the master is at one end, with a huge sec­ond bed­room with walk-in closet at the other — was achieved by plac­ing the four-piece bath and linen closet in the cen­tre. Thanks to large win­dows in both rooms, nat­u­ral light fills the rooms and hall­way. Mean­while, the master suite is a sight to be­hold, said Hutchi­son. “The bed­room is a big, bright space that fea­tures a two-sided gas fire­place on the wall that sep­a­rates it from the en­suite,” he said. “Then, there’s the en­suite it­self.” Hutchi­son added that it can be de­scribed in a mere hand­ful of words. “Pala­tial and spa­like would be my de­scrip­tion. It fea­tures a jet­ted soaker tub (be­neath a huge ob­scured glass win­dow) next to a five-foot tem­pered glass/tile shower. The de­tail­ing from the tile on the floor runs up onto the shower wall — it just looks fab­u­lous. So does the float­ing cap­puc­cino van­ity with dual sinks.” The lower level — which is ex­cep­tion­ally bright thanks to be­ing sur­rounded by over­sized win­dows — caps off the home in the same open, yet seg­mented style found on the main floor. “There’s media room with an­gled en­ter­tain­ment unit (with elec­tric rib­bon fire­place set in grey tile), wet bar area and pri­vate bed­room wing at the back with a huge third bed­room (with walk-in closet) and full bath,” said Hutchi­son. “It’s a to­tally sep­a­rate area that’s great for kids or fam­ily. This home is mod­ern, func­tional, warm and of­fers ex­cep­tional value.”

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