Bright side of the road

Two-storey de­sign per­fect for young fam­i­lies

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

WHEN it comes to new home de­signs, a lit­tle imag­i­na­tion can go a long way. An ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of an imag­i­na­tive de­sign is the Kens­ing­ton Homes show home at 148 Cher­ry­wood Rd. in Bridg­wa­ter Trails. At 1,640 square feet, the Aca­dia isn’t overly small, how­ever, its imag­i­na­tive de­sign makes it feel sig­nif­i­cantly larger and more liv­able than its square footage would sug­gest. The two-storey home’s lay­out proves a mid­sized home doesn’t have to fea­ture a to­tally open-con­cept de­sign for it to feel spa­cious and flow well, said Heather Daniels, sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive with Kens­ing­ton Homes. “Peo­ple who’ve gone through the home have loved the floor plan be­cause it pro­vides the flow of an open-con­cept floor plan with some sep­a­ra­tion,” said Daniels. “A five-footwide wall placed be­tween the kitchen and fam­ily room pro­vides just the right amount of sep­a­ra­tion be­tween spa­ces, with­out af­fect­ing flow.” Though the home’s de­sign is pre­dom­i­nantly open-con­cept, sub­tle splashes of seg­men­ta­tion — that wall, plus a one-third wall that neatly sep­a­rates its gen­er­ous, an­gled foyer from the ad­ja­cent fam­ily room — each space is dis­tinct. While the spa­cious liv­ing room is a space unto it­self, it is linked seam­lessly to the kitchen and din­ing area by five-foot-wide en­trances on ei­ther side of the wall. Con­se­quently, flow be­tween the two ar­eas is ef­fort­less. At the same time, that five-foot wall pro­vides a wel­come bit of pri­vacy, said Daniels. “It ac­tu­ally hides the is­land,” she said. “Guests in the foyer can see the fam­ily room and a bit of the kitchen/din­ing area, but they can’t see ev­ery­thing. That lit­tle bit of pri­vacy is wel­come if you have some dirty dishes

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