Design creates private retreats
Livingston duplex within Legacy
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...
A half-timbered, Old English-style look, and extensive use of stone, adds elegance to the Livingston model, right, by Trico Homes.
The kitchen in the Livingston show home by Trico Homes.
Duplex homes within Legacy in southeast Calgary.
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.