New kid in town

Fresh de­signer home in Oak Bluff West loaded with fea­tures

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

WHEN you’re the new kid on the block — in this case as a cus­tom home builder — it’s crit­i­cal to es­tab­lish your pres­ence as quickly as pos­si­ble. With that in mind, Avanti Cus­tom Homes — which has been build­ing homes in the Win­nipeg mar­ket for a lit­tle less than a year in af­fil­i­a­tion with Ran­dall Homes — de­cided to go the ex­tra-value route, said T.J. Stroud, Avanti’s sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for 35 Big Sky Dr. in Oak Bluff West. “With this home, we’ve in­cluded a lot of stan­dard fea­tures that are typ­i­cally up­grades in other homes,” said Stroud, while stand­ing in the ex­pan­sive great room of the 1,722 square-foot bun­ga­low, si­t­u­ated on an over­sized 74 by 140-foot lot. “We wanted to of­fer buy­ers ex­cep­tional value, and I think our stan­dard fea­tures ac­com­plished that.” Those fea­tures in­clude light fix­tures such as stylish pen­dant lights over the kitchen’s is­land, lac­quered aspen base­boards, an in­su­lated garage door and more. “The style is there, but so are all the im­por­tant lit­tle de­tails,” said Stroud. “You get the style with the pen­dant lights at no ex­tra cost, the aspen base­boards look nicer and will last far longer than soft, painted MDF base­boards, and if you de­cide to in­su­late the garage, you won’t have to get a new door. All those lit­tle de­tails mat­ter be­cause they can re­ally add up.” Not only do those lit­tle de­tails mat­ter from a fi­nan­cial stand­point, but they also mat­ter from a func­tion­al­ity stand­point. Al­though 35 Big Sky isn’t a small home at just over 1,700 sq. ft., it feels a good deal larger than it is thanks to a key de­sign de­tail. “A vaulted ceil­ing runs through the en­tire main floor, and ev­ery­one who’s gone through the home just loves the airy feel it creates,” he said. “The mo­ment you step in­side the home, you’re sur­rounded by space and light. Each space (from the foyer to the flex room to the left of the foyer to the kitchen, dinette area and fam­ily room

BORIS MINKEVICH / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

The kitchen is loaded with high-end fin­ishes, in­clud­ing quartz coun­ter­tops.

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