Func­tional kitchen, thought­ful de­sign help make semi-de­tached home en­joy­able place to be

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Stay­ing or­ga­nized and clut­ter-free helps cre­ate a more en­joy­able cook­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. This makes thought­ful stor­age op­tions an es­sen­tial kitchen in­gre­di­ent.

One ex­am­ple is in the Brooks 20 model by Cedar­glen Homes.

This 1,491-square-foot paired, also known as semi-de­tached, home is demon­strated as a show home in the south­east Cal­gary com­mu­nity of Se­ton.

It has an at­tached sin­gle-car garage. At 24 feet long, it pro­vides more depth than most at­tached garages, cre­at­ing ad­di­tional stor­age space.

To that end, its gal­ley-style kitchen, which sits along the back of the main floor, of­fers what a well-or­ga­nized per­son looks for — places to tuck their cook­ing es­sen­tials away.

Along with a pantry, there’s a gen­er­ous num­ber of cab­i­nets along the wall, and ad­di­tional cab­i­nets at the base of the is­land — giv­ing ev­ery pot and pan the space it re­quires.

There are float­ing shelves — per­fect for cook­books, or of­ten-used spices — on the wall ad­ja­cent to the is­land, too.

This is­land has an ex­tended eat­ing bar that seats four peo­ple, pro­vid­ing a com­fort­able space for peo­ple to snack and so­cial­ize.

The kitchen, which sits next to the din­ing area, has a well-sized rear-fac­ing win­dow that not only pulls sun­shine into the cook­ing space, but al­lows peo­ple with chil­dren to keep an eye on their lit­tle ones play­ing in the back­yard, as they put the fi­nal touches on din­ner.

Also fea­tured in the kitchen is a full-height back­splash — com­posed of an eye-catch­ing grey tile and white grout — and stain­less-steel ap­pli­ances, in­clud­ing an over-therange mi­crowave.

The din­ing area in the show home is staged with a ta­ble for six peo­ple, but its open-con­cept de­sign al­lows for the flex­i­bil­ity to use a larger or smaller ta­ble. Its di­rect ex­po­sure to slid­ing glass doors that ac­cess the deck give this space an abun­dance of nat­u­ral light.

Cen­trally lo­cated, the great room reaches 11 feet six inches by 14 feet two inches.

On the se­cond floor, the sec­ondary bed­rooms are front-fac­ing, sim­i­lar in size, and sit side by side.

The mas­ter bed­room, mea­sur­ing 13 feet five inches by 12 feet, is staged to demon­strate how it can fit large pieces of fur­ni­ture and still feel spa­cious.

Its walk-in closet is ac­cessed through the en­suite, cre­at­ing a func­tional, fluid space to get ready in the morn­ing. Hav­ing the two spa­ces be­hind one door makes it easy for one mem­ber of a cou­ple to start their day be­fore the other and not be a dis­rup­tion.

The laun­dry room is lo­cated just a few steps from the mas­ter bed­room, cre­at­ing a quick path to and from the washer and dryer.

Se­ton is on 283 hectares (700 acres) of land, and when fully de­vel­oped, it will con­tain up to 1.5 mil­lion square feet of of­fice space and one mil­lion square feet of re­tail space.

Among its fea­tures are a high school, Cine­plex Cinemas Se­ton and VIP, and Brook­field Res­i­den­tial YMCA.

This re­cre­ation fa­cil­ity is 330,000 square feet and in­cludes a wa­ter park, com­pe­ti­tion pool, two multi-pur­pose ice rinks, gym­na­si­ums, a fit­ness cen­tre, theatre and full-ser­vice li­brary.

Slid­ing glass doors lead­ing to the deck bring abun­dant nat­u­ral light into the din­ing area in the Brooks 20 show home by Cedar­glen Homes. PHO­TOS: CEDAR­GLEN HOMES

The great room in the Brooks 20 show home of­fers a warm, wel­com­ing space for re­lax­ing and en­ter­tain­ing.

The is­land in the home’s func­tional kitchen has an ex­tended eat­ing bar that seats four peo­ple.

The Brooks 20 is a 1,491-square-foot paired home in the south­east com­mu­nity of Se­ton.

The de­sign of the mas­ter en­suite and ad­ja­cent closet makes it easy to share the space.

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