Team ef­fort

Dis­cov­ery loops in cus­tomer, de­signer, builders to cre­ate a ‘ just right’ home

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

IN busi­ness, team­work pays off. Nowhere is that con­cept more im­por­tant than in the de­sign of a new home, where a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween builder, sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive and in­te­rior de­signer can take a de­sign from good to great. That was the case with 141 Wil­low Creek Rd. in Bridg­wa­ter Trails, a.k.a. the New Haven, said Dis­cov­ery Homes sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sylvia Apos­to­lakis. “Ev­ery­thing we do at Dis­cov­ery Homes is a team ef­fort,” she said. “I work with the gen­eral man­ager and draftsper­son on the home’s de­sign, and the in­te­rior de­signer also works with us on its de­sign through­out the build, and then with the clients once the home is fin­ished to get all the in­te­rior fin­ishes just right. It’s a process that works well. This home won a gold award in the Fall Pa­rade of Homes.” That gold award is well-de­served due to the dif­fi­culty in mak­ing a home in ex­cess of 2,500 sq. ft. feel warm and invit­ing. The New Haven, a 2,620-square-foot, two-storey de­sign fea­tur­ing an al­lur­ing Prairie-in­spired theme, ex­udes that feel from the mo­ment you step in­side. At the same time, the home oozes char­ac­ter be­cause it’s been in­fused with novel, wellplaced de­sign fea­tures. “Take the foyer,” Apos­to­lakis said. “The fact that it’s (taupe/beige) tile isn’t that unique, but the fact that it’s been laid in a her­ring­bone pat­tern is. So too are the (opaque cen­tre) slid­ing French doors that can be used to close off the den to the left of the foyer. They have beau­ti­ful curved (nickel) han­dles that are a stan­dard fea­ture.” The three-me­tre-long foyer merges seam­lessly with the great room, which is an open­con­cept space that’s been sub­tly di­vided into three sep­a­rate ar­eas. To the left is the fam­ily room; to the right is the is­land kitchen and ad­ja­cent din­ing area. Space is abun­dant, a fea­ture that can be at­trib­uted to the New Haven’s gen­er­ous size. At the same time, the bal­ance be­tween light and warmth is ideal. “The ceil­ing in the great room is (2.75 me­tres), which al­lowed for the place­ment of two large win­dows in the fam­ily room and a

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