Fit and func­tion

Savvy floor plan makes A&S de­sign feel am­ple

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - By Todd Lewys

TH­ESE days, a 1,600-square-foot home is of­ten per­ceived to be on the small side. Granted, when com­pared to the 2,000-plus-sq.-ft be­he­moths that seem to be pop­ping up all over the city’s new-home land­scape, a home mea­sur­ing in at un­der that mag­i­cal 2,000-sq.ft. mark seems to come up short in the all-im­por­tant space cat­e­gory. That is, un­less the home is a bungalow and is the ben­e­fi­ciary of a metic­u­lously de­signed floor plan.

Once you walk through the Den­more II, it be­comes ev­i­dent space is not an is­sue what­so­ever.

“The idea be­hind this home — which was de­signed with the in­put of peo­ple who had bought the pre­vi­ous model — was to cre­ate a very func­tional home in ev­ery area,” said Re/Max Pe­for­mance Realty’s Rob Hutchi­son, A & S Homes’ sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Den­more II, which is sit­u­ated on a pie-shaped lot at 133 Drew St. in scenic South Pointe. “A home doesn’t need to be big to be func­tional. If you dis­trib­ute the space prop­erly, a 1,600-sq.-ft. home can live much big­ger than its listed square footage.”

That is in­deed the case with the Den­more II. The ex­cel­lent use of space starts in the foyer, which, while plenty big, feels much big­ger due to its lay­out and the sub­tle, yet sig­nif­i­cant de­sign fea­tures that sur­round it above and on its sides.

“One of the first things A & S’s de­sign team did was an­gle the wall to the left of the foyer. That does two things. First, it opens up the foyer. Sec­ond, when you walk in to the home, you don’t see the en­tire home, you just get a glimpse of the din­ing area and great room. A 10-foot ceil­ing above and open stair­case to the left open it up, and the grey tile floor not only de­fines it, but pro­vides a stylish yet durable sur­face for peo­ple to leave their shoes on. There’s a huge walk-in closet to the left and there’s even room for a bench next to the door.”

Rather than go­ing with a square, box-like great room de­sign, A & S’s de­sign team went with a rec­tan­gu­lar area with the kitchen and din­ing area at the front and the fam­ily room at the rear.

The kitchen/din­ing area is an er­gonomic mar­vel, as the left-hand wall was bumped out to cre­ate room for a long, gal­ley-style kitchen. Do­ing that then opened up the width needed to cre­ate an area for a ta­ble for six — and a four-foot aisle be­tween the ta­ble and an 11-foot taupe quartz is­land with eat­ing nook for two on its end por­tion. The great room’s de­sign is clean, lin­ear and works well in all ar­eas of the great room.

“What I re­ally like about it is the fact that all three spa­ces (kitchen, din­ing area, fam­ily room) are dis­tinct, yet con­nect to­gether beau­ti­fully,” said Hutchi­son. “It’s a very func­tional plan. The fam­ily room isn’t over­sized, but there’s still tons of room for fur­ni­ture, while the space — which is just the right size, and de­fined by an an­gled wall — has a nice, in­ti­mate feel to it. The kitchen is also func­tional with all the (dark maple) cab­i­net and (taupe quartz). The great room’s darker tones — which in­clude medium brown/grey maple hard­woods — are then off­set by plenty of nat­u­ral light, which flows through it via four ver­ti­cal win­dows that sur­round the fam­ily room, a win­dow over the counter on the left-hand wall, and a deck door with glass cen­tre off the end of the kitchen.

“I love the ver­ti­cal win­dows — they pro­vide both light and pri­vacy,” he said. “The great room is capped off by the fam­ily room, which fea­tures a gas fire­place with (ver­ti­cal) grey tile sur­round and pewter in­serts next to a dark maple en­ter­tain­ment unit. The fire­place is a fo­cal point, but not an over­pow­er­ing one. It’s sub­tle, like the over­all de­sign of the great room.”

That sub­tle de­sign in­cludes slick lit­tle seg­men­ta­tion tricks that not only make for qui­etly de­fined spa­ces, but add char­ac­ter. An ex­am­ple is the afore­men­tioned right-hand wall. Its an­gle not only de­fines the fam­ily room, but the mas­ter suite as well.

“The an­gled en­trance leads to a brief hall­way that cre­ates ex­tra pri­vacy; there’s also a mid-sized walk-in closet to the right,” Hutchi­son said. “The room it­self is mid-sized with a big pic­ture win­dow, so it’s bright and there’s plenty of space. The fact that the bed­room isn’t huge al­lowed A & S’s de­sign team to make the en­suite big­ger. That en­abled them to cre­ate a deluxe space with heated (grey) tile floor, cor­ner jet­ted soaker tub and a five-foot shower. It’s a beau­ti­ful, rest­ful space.”

Not sur­pris­ingly, the rest of the home is de­signed with ef­fi­ciency and func­tion in mind. There’s a sep­a­rate bed­room wing with two large bed­rooms and four-piece bath and a main floor laun­dry/mud­room. Then comes the clincher: a lower level that of­fers about 1,400 sq. ft. of space to de­velop into a rec room, four-piece bath, stor­age space — and one or two more bed­rooms.

“The base­ment is wide-open with only one tele­post,” he said. “With about 3,000 sq. ft. of liv­able space, the Den­more II is a brand-new plan that of­fers ex­cel­lent func­tion and style.”


The great room’s de­sign is clean, lin­ear and con­nects well with the home.

The mas­ter suite fea­tures a big pic­ture win­dow and walk-in closet.

The en­suite bath has a heated tile floor and a jet­ted soaker tub.

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