Liv­abil­ity max­i­mized

Late re­vi­sions ben­e­fited bungalow-style show home

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

IN the world of new-home de­signs, sub­tle changes to a home’s de­sign can’t be over­looked. Why? Be­cause a home’s liv­abil­ity can be changed in a sub­stan­tial way by mod­i­fy­ing a de­sign in one or two key ar­eas.

Case in point is 37 Cas­sel­man Cres., a bungalow-style show home of 1,903 square feet con­structed by Ven­tura Cus­tom Homes. While its name seems in­nocu­ous enough — the home is listed as the Cas­sel­port — 13 on the sheet that il­lus­trates the home’s lay­out — the num­ber 13 in­di­cates that the home’s de­sign was re­vised in 2013.

“The pre­vi­ous plan was dif­fer­ent from this one,” said Ven­tura’s sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for 37 Cas­sel­man, Trinkl Realty’s Ron Tardiff. “First of all, the pre­vi­ous home was 1,860 sq. ft. Sec­ond, it fea­tured a raised ceil­ing in the great room, while this newer model fea­tures a vaulted ceil­ing that runs from the front en­trance right through the great room.”

Those weren’t the only changes made to the plan, he added.

“With this newer de­sign, Ven­tura’s de­sign­ers put the fire­place off to the side,” Tardiff ex­plained. “In the pre­vi­ous home, the fire­place was on its back wall. Putting the fire­place on the side wall al­lowed for the fire­place’s tile fin­ish­ing to be car­ried all the way up the wall to the ceil­ing.”

The mod­i­fied de­sign makes for a great room that’s highly func­tional, and, hence, liv­able, in each of its three quad­rants. Be­cause the home is slightly larger than 1,900 sq. ft., space isn’t an is­sue; this shows up in the great room’s lay­out. First, the kitchen, which is de­fined by an ex­tra-long is­land (eight to nine feet in length) is not only long, but suf­fi­ciently wide; aisle width be­tween the is­land and counter on the other side is about five feet, nearly a foot wider than the norm.

“That al­lows more than one per­son to work in the kitchen at a time when en­ter­tain­ing and al­lows you to open up the oven and still pass by with ease,” said Tardiff’s son, El­liot, who mans the show home on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. “It’s not only a func­tional, but stylish kitchen, with its (brown) gran­ite coun­ter­tops, maple cab­i­nets and tan tile back­splash. A cor­ner pantry and eat­ing nook for three to four on the outer side of the is­land add even more func­tion.”

While the kitchen’s size is im­pres­sive (it’s 10.4 feet by nearly 16 feet), the space avail­able in the dinette area may be even more im­pres­sive. At 10.6 feet by 12 feet, it’s large enough to eas­ily hold a ta­ble for six, while an­other fea­ture at its rear makes it a great spot to con­sume a meal, no mat­ter what time of day.

“Ven­tura’s de­sign­ers did a great job with this area — there’s not only lots of room, but there’s also a large win­dow and deck door (with glass cen­tre) on the rear wall that al­low day­light to flood in. Com­bine those fea­tures with the vaulted ceil­ing above, and it’s a de­light­ful space to dine in,” said Ron Tardiff. “In fact, people of­ten turn the din­ing room at the front of the home into a den be­cause the dinette area works so well.”

The thought put into the great room de­sign continues to im­press in the fam­ily room, which mea­sures in at 13.7 feet by 19.2 feet. In­stead of mak­ing its rear wall flush with the dinette area’s wall, they set it back about three feet (there’s also a one-third wall be­tween the two spa­ces for sub­tle seg­men­ta­tion). The re­sult was added width that makes for a gen­er­ously wide space. Then, they es­sen­tially glass-ified the wall.

“Ba­si­cally, the fam­ily room’s rear wall is a wall of glass. Two win­dows go from the floor to ceil­ing to al­low even more sun­light to pour in, and the set­back wall al­lows for fur­ni­ture to be set back out of the way,” he said. “Then, you’ve got the fire­place that’s set off by the tile and a gor­geous maple en­ter­tain­ment unit with shelv­ing ei­ther side and a big TV niche. The high ceil­ings main­tain a feel­ing of vol­ume, while the maple hard­woods add warmth.”

Mean­while, the bed­room wing — sep­a­rated from the fam­ily room by the lower-level stair­well, which is de­fined by one-third walls on ei­ther side — is a pri­vate, semi-en­closed space all its own.

“The use of space in that area is just ex­cel­lent,” said Tardiff. “The two sec­ondary bed­rooms are large, there’s a beau­ti­fully fin­ished, big, four-piece bath, and of course there’s the mas­ter suite which is a cou­ple of inches shy of be­ing 15 feet by 15 feet. It’s a space of its own with a big, lux­u­ri­ous en­suite that fea­tures a cor­ner jet­ted tub set in (light taupe) tile, a five-foot shower and tile floor and a nice, big walk-in closet.”

Speak­ing of nice and big, that would de­scribe the home’s lower level, which is noth­ing short of cav­ernous thanks to sev­eral thought­ful de­sign fea­tures.

“It comes with nine-foot con­crete walls and steel beams — that makes for only one tele­post. That leaves tons of space (1,536 sq. ft., to be ex­act) to de­velop into a den, games room, huge rec room and four-piece bath,” he said. “That gives you a home that of­fers over 3,400 sq. ft. of liv­able space.

“With its gen­er­ous halls, aisles and front en­try and open yet de­fined floor plan, this is a beau­ti­fully fin­ished, ver­sa­tile and very liv­able home.”

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