As you like it

The Char­lotte II can be cus­tom­ized to meet your needs

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

JUST be­cause a lot is smaller doesn’t mean the home built on it has to be small. Quite the con­trary, said Spencer Cur­tis of Hil­ton Homes. “We had two goals when we came up with this plan,” Cur­tis said. “The first was to give peo­ple lots of space. The sec­ond was to of­fer a mod­ern, open, loft-like main floor that was as liv­able as pos­si­ble.” Mis­sion ac­com­plished — de­spite the fact the home is built on a compact, 38-foot wide by 118-foot deep lot. From the street, the home doesn’t look as big as it ac­tu­ally is. Step in­side, and it’s an­other story. In what rates as a very pleas­ant sur­prise, the foyer is ex­cep­tion­ally wide and pro­vides a fit­ting en­try to a 1,900-square-foot home. That feel­ing of width is am­pli­fied by the fact the din­ing room is set off in a jog to its left. The width also al­lowed for place­ment of a laun­dry room and pow­der room off to the right. “The laun­dry room is huge, with a large win­dow, and is a space that some buy­ers ac­tu­ally use as an of­fice,” Cur­tis said. “And the main floor pow­der room is a fea­ture that comes in handy when you’re en­ter­tain­ing. It’s also a vis­itable bath­room (with a five-foot turn­ing ra­dius) like the ones we put in the vis­itable homes we build in Bridg­wa­ter Lakes.” En­try to the great room is seam­less thanks to the ex­tra width pro­vided by the din­ing room, which, be­cause of its po­si­tion­ing, has a for­mal feel to it. Then, the great room seems to stretch away from you for­ever, offering a huge is­land kitchen and gen­er­ously pro­por­tioned liv­ing room. “All the spa­ces in the great room are large, but there isn’t any wasted space. The is­land is just a nice size at seven feet by four feet (with dou­ble sink and eat­ing nook for two to three), which leaves lots of room to move on ei­ther side,” Cur­tis said. “The aisle be­tween the is­land and stove is nice and wide, making it easy for more than one per­son to move around in the kitchen to cre­ate meals.” While the great room is huge, its fin­ishes pre­vent it from feel­ing like a cav­ernous, fea­ture­less box. The kitchen fea­tures smart taupe lam­i­nate coun­ter­tops and a com­bi­na­tion of sambuca (dark brown) and off-white ther­mo­foil cab­i­nets, the lat­ter be­ing po­si­tioned over the stove to de­fine the area in func­tional style along with a river rock-style back­splash. As fetch­ing as those fin­ishes are, an­other de­sign de­tail pro­vides a fin­ish­ing touch that lends gen­uine depth and warmth to the great room. “We put in high-end (medium brown) vinyl plank floor­ing that gives you the look and tex­ture of wood, but that is also phe­nom­e­nally durable,” Cur­tis said. “They’re an up­grade that most peo­ple who buy this home choose to keep — it just looks so rich, and is so much eas­ier to main­tain than hard­woods.” At the end of the great room is the fam­ily room, which is chock-full of de­sign fea­tures that greatly en­rich the in­te­rior. “A huge pic­ture win­dow on its rear wall lets in all kinds of nat­u­ral light to make for a nice, bright space,” Cur­tis said, not­ing the back land­ing is deftly di­vided from the fam­ily room by a one-third wall. “There’s also an (up­graded) en­ter­tain­ment unit with gas fire­place set in (taupe) tile and a dark oak TV niche and dis­play shelv­ing. It’s 15 feet by 18 feet, so there’s tons of room to set up fur­ni­ture just the way you like it.” Mean­while, the up­per level is no­table for two user-friendly fea­tures: it has four bed­rooms, and an ex­tra-wide stair­case makes ac­cess­ing it a snap. “Again, the floor plan really max­i­mizes the avail­able space,” Cur­tis said. “The three kids bed­rooms are larger than nor­mal (the small­est be­ing 9.3 feet by 11.7 feet), the main bath has a soaker tub, (light taupe) vinyl tile floor and sambuca ther­mo­foil van­ity — and the mas­ter suite is quite the re­treat.”

Some­how, Hil­ton’s de­sign team man­aged to not only po­si­tion the mas­ter suite in a se­cluded spot, but also make it larger than ex­pected. De­spite it be­ing the fourth bed­room on the top floor, it’s still 13.8 feet by 13.4 feet. “A dou­ble-door en­trance wel­comes you into a bed­room that’s big, well-ap­pointed and pri­vate. The walk-in closet is larger than ex­pected, and you also get a three-piece en­suite with vinyl tile floor, sambuca van­ity and five-foot shower,” Cur­tis said. Add in the lower level — which of­fers an­other 800-plus square feet of liv­able space that can be de­vel­oped into two bed­rooms, a rec room, bath­room and stor­age — and you have an ef­fi­ciently de­signed home that of­fers more than 2,700 to­tal square feet of af­ford­able style and func­tion. “With ba­sic fin­ishes (car­pet and vinyl, no up­graded tile/oak en­ter­tain­ment unit), you can get this home for around $370,000, with some op­tions. The Char­lotte II is a func­tional, stylish de­sign that of­fers great value and that can be tai­lored to meet the needs of an ac­tive, grow­ing fam­ily,” Cur­tis said.

Vinyl plank floor­ing adds to the rich tones.

The kitchen is warm and open, with a large is­land.

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