Thoughtful de­sign starts at front door

Galea one of four du­plexes in Stone­hedge

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - CLAIRE YOUNG

There are proper foy­ers — and then there are no­table foy­ers.

There is much to rec­om­mend a home with proper foy­ers. There’s enough space to come in and close the door and the floor­ing won’t suf­fer if footwear tracks in dirt or snow.

There’s some­where tidy to stow out­door gear — and cold breezes have a space to mix with warm air be­fore curl­ing around the an­kles of peo­ple stand­ing nearby.

Then, there are no­table foy­ers. Cre­ations by Shane Homes shows that a 1,508-square-foot du­plex has enough space for just that.

The Galea is one of four new du­plex show homes now open in the Calgary builder’s Stone­Hedge de­vel­op­ment in the new south­east com­mu­nity of Legacy.

The front door is framed with wide glass in­serts and fea­tures a styl­ized, stained­glass tran­som win­dow above. The door opens from the ve­randa into the wide foyer, which has clos­ets to both sides of it.

An arch helps to vis­ually sep­a­rate the space. When step­ping into the great room, the front en­trance is fur­ther ac­cen­tu­ated by a se­ries of three built-in art shelves lit with pot lights to each side.

The at­ten­tion to foy­ers con­tin­ues at the back of the home, with a proper mud room to keep the cold breezes to a min­i­mum while pro­vid­ing con­ve­nient stor­age for gear.

The home is spa­cious on the main floor, with a large great room. It has a built-in TV niche on one wall, which hides ca­bles and al­lows the screen to lie flush with the wall, adding pro­tec­tion to the unit.

There is space for an IT cen­tre or an ex­tra lounge chair to one end of the great room. Across from this space is a large din­ing nook for gath­er­ing to­gether the fam­ily for meals.

The kitchen comes with three-quar­ter-inch-thick, light- Lo­ca­tion of the show home. coloured gran­ite coun­ter­tops with a dou­ble un­der-mounted sink.

There’s a view of the back­yard though win­dows set above the sink.

The white, sub­way tile back­splash is clean and bright and helps set off the dark brown, five-panel cab­i­nets. The is­land is a friendly place, with good space for work­ing while still hav­ing room for a few peo­ple to sit at the ex­tended flush ledge and visit.

To the left of the front foyer is short hall fac­ing the stairs to the up­per and lower lev­els, with a half-bath­room on the main floor.

The stairs to the sec­ond floor are bright, with a large win­dow that feels even larger with its deep-set win­dow box. A closet for stacked laun­dry ap­pli­ances is at the top of the stairs.

The sec­ondary bed­rooms are a good size, with one at the front of the home and one in the mid­dle. The main bath­room is on this hall.

At the back of the home is the mas­ter bed­room. It has a walkin closet, and a mas­ter en­suite with a gran­ite-topped van­ity.

Pho­tos, Claire Young/calgary Her­ald

Above, the great room in the Galea du­plex look­ing to­ward the foyer. Be­low, the view from the mas­ter bed­room to­ward the en­suite and walk-in closet. Left, the spa­cious is­land within the func­tional kitchen.

Pho­tos, Claire Young/calgary Her­ald

Built-ins with pot lights frame the front foyer with dou­ble clos­ets in the Galea du­plex.

Above, one of the sec­ondary bed­rooms. Above right, a win­dow lets light into the stair­well. Right, an­other view of the great room. Left, the home of­fice.

The mas­ter en­suite in­cludes a gran­ite-topped van­ity.

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