DE­SIGN DRIVEN BY CON­NEC­TION

Lola du­plex of­fers flex spa­ces for work, study needs, plus plenty of room geared to fam­ily gath­er­ings

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Front Page - JOSH SKAPIN

Whether it’s a school as­sign­ment or a project from the of­fice that needs pol­ish­ing off, hav­ing a place to work from home can be im­por­tant.

The Lola is a model with mul­ti­ple spa­ces that al­low its res­i­dents to re­lax, so­cial­ize, and — when they need to — get down to busi­ness.

This func­tional three-bed­room, 1,576-square-foot du­plex by Mor­ri­son Homes is dis­played as a show home in the new south­east Cal­gary com­mu­nity of Pine Creek. It’s also avail­able to be built in the north­east com­mu­nity of Corner­stone.

Ear­lier this year, Mor­ri­son was crowned sin­gle-fam­ily, large vol­ume Builder of the Year, at the

BILD (Build­ing In­dus­try Land De­vel­op­ment) Cal­gary Re­gion Awards.

On the Lola’s main level, be­tween the great room and din­ing area, is a gen­er­ously sized space the floor plan dubs a flex room.

The show home presents this space as a sup­ple­men­tary sit­ting area with shelves. But it’s easy to imag­ine it with a large desk and used as an open-con­cept of­fice. For chil­dren in the home, this would al­low them to fo­cus on home­work or study for an exam and still be within earshot of their par­ents in the kitchen or the great room.

A sim­i­lar idea lives up­stairs. A few steps out­side of the two sec­ondary bed­rooms is a tech sta­tion with an op­tional desk. This is an­other spot that sup­ports the abil­ity to work or study.

The pri­mary fo­cus for this home, how­ever, is for peo­ple to con­nect. The rear-fac­ing L-shaped kitchen has the di­men­sions and de­sign for meal prepa­ra­tion to be a group ef­fort.

With lots of space around the is­land and long stretches of counter along its walls, ev­ery­one in the fam­ily can lend a hand.

The back­splash boasts a stylish chevron pat­tern, and the ap­pli­ances, in­clud­ing an over-the-range mi­crowave, are stain­less steel. These ap­pli­ances are thought­fully dis­persed, with plenty of el­bow room be­tween the kitchen, oven and dish­washer.

The sink sits be­neath a large rear-fac­ing win­dow, mak­ing it eas­ier for the par­ents of the home to keep an eye on their chil­dren play­ing in the backyard.

As demon­strated in the show home, the din­ing area, which has two tall, thin win­dows, is an ideal place for an ac­cent wall.

The front-fac­ing great room is shown with an eye-catch­ing op­tional elec­tric fire­place.

This model also of­fers an op­tional side en­trance, which pro­vides di­rect ac­cess to a stair­case that links to an op­tional de­vel­oped base­ment. It has a fourth bed­room with a walk-in closet, bath­room, and rec area.

In this home walk-in clos­ets are a com­mon theme. Along with the master bed­room, the two afore­men­tioned sec­ondary bed­rooms on the top level have them as well.

Both sec­ondary sleep­ing spa­ces

— which are sim­i­lar in size — also ben­e­fit from larger-than-av­er­age win­dows.

The master bed­room, which boxes out its ex­te­rior wall in a vis­ually in­ter­est­ing way, is 11 feet and 10 feet two inches by 13 feet eight inches. It’s also high­lighted by an en­suite with strik­ing dark tile.

Pine Creek is one of the lat­est com­mu­ni­ties in Cal­gary by An­them United. Its master plan in­cludes three parks, a storm pond, and scenic wet­land. Peo­ple who en­joy golf will ap­pre­ci­ate its prox­im­ity to a range of cour­ses. Along with Sirocco Golf Club, just down the road, it’s less than 20 min­utes from Her­itage Pointe Golf Club, McKen­zie Mead­ows Golf Club and Blue Devil Golf Club.

The great room in the Lola du­plex show home by Mor­ri­son Homes in Pine Creek fea­tures an op­tional elec­tric fire­place. PHO­TOS: MOR­RI­SON HOMES

The din­ing room in the Lola du­plex pro­vides a great spot for an ac­cent wall.

The flex area off the kitchen could be used as a home of­fice.

The kitchen in the Lola show home has am­ple counter space.

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