De­sign cre­ates pri­vate re­treats

Liv­ingston du­plex within Legacy

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

What gives a mas­ter bed­room that real sense of re­treat and lux­ury is a cor­ner — lit­tle or big — that you can put a chair or two in and curl up with a book.

This feels dif­fer­ent than curl­ing up in your bed with a book, which is also im­por­tant, and why you need room for a bed­side ta­ble to hold those books and a good read­ing light.

The win­dow box, the re­treat space and the sit­ting area — all of th­ese ex­tend that feel­ing of quiet and calm per­sonal space so nec­es­sary for that room vi­tal to the rest and re­ju­ve­na­tion of the home­owner.

The Liv­ingston — a du­plex Lo­ca­tion of the show home. by Trico Homes de­signed spe­cially for the new com­mu­nity of Legacy in the city’s south­east — fea­tures such an op­tion on its mas­ter bed­room.

The nine-foot-by-eight-foot ad­di­tion gen­er­ously holds a pair of chairs so peo­ple can en­joy a sunny cor­ner with win­dows on two sides.

The rest of the room is equally func­tional, in­clud­ing an en­suite in the far cor­ner of the room with a win­dow fac­ing the back­yard, and a sep­a­rate walk-in closet.

The Liv­ingston is a 1,530-square-foot home. The du­plex of­fers three bed­rooms up­stairs and an open-con­cept main level.

The base­ment is un­fin­ished. A detached two-car garage op­tion is ac­cessed from the lane be­hind the home.

Of note, this area is zoned to have liv­ing space built above the garage for uses that could in­clude a nanny suite or rental unit.

The peaked roof pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to add some char­ac­ter in­side the du­plex, in­clud­ing a few an­gles near the ceil­ing in one of the front sec­ondary rooms with­out im­ping­ing on ac­tual space or fur­ni­ture con­fig­u­ra­tions.

The front bed­rooms are eas­ily able to hold a bunk bed, for in­stance.

Off the hall­way is the main three­piece bath­room and a stacked up­stairs laun­dry closet. There’s also a large built-in counter with stor­age along the stub wall over­look­ing the stairs to the main floor.

The stairs open into the front great room, which is a large, bright space over­look­ing the front porch. The great room ac­cesses the kitchen on ei­ther side of the long is­land, with a par­tial wall be­tween the two pro­vid­ing a spot for art or a book­shelf.

The kitchen is a well-set-up workspace, with an ex­tended flush eat­ing bar on the gran­ite-topped is­land. It also holds a dou­ble un­der­mount sink.

A stain­less-steel ap­pli­ance pack­age com­ple­ments the light-coloured cab­i­nets and the grey-brown, wide­plank hard­wood floors.

The din­ing nook looks out over the back deck. Next to the deck, the house ex­tends on one side into a mud room and a half-bath­room.

While Erin Jor­gensen, area sales man­ager for Trico Homes, says she ex­pected most of the in­ter­est in th­ese homes to come from young fam­i­lies start­ing out, the mod­els are at­tract­ing much in­ter­est from empty nesters.

Above, the mas­ter bed­room is given a sense of re­treat thanks to an op­tional ad­di­tion in the cor­ner near the win­dow that has space for some chairs, al­low­ing peo­ple to curl up and en­joy a book. Left, the mas­ter en­suite has a van­ity, along with a walk-in...

Pho­tos, Claire Young/calgary Her­ald

A half-tim­bered, Old English-style look, and ex­ten­sive use of stone, adds el­e­gance to the Liv­ingston model, right, by Trico Homes.

Claire Young/calgary Her­ald

The kitchen in the Liv­ingston show home by Trico Homes.

Calgary Her­ald/files

Du­plex homes within Legacy in south­east Calgary.

Pho­tos, Claire Young/calgary Her­ald

One of the bed­rooms not only has space for a bunk bed, it also has enough el­bow room for a chair near the win­dow.

Above, the up­stairs hall­way con­tains counter space. Left, re­lax with fam­ily and friends in the great room.

Above, plenty of win­dows help brighten this bed­room in the show home. Left, the main bath­room in­cludes a com­bi­na­tion tub/shower.

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