Build­ing on strengths

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

ONE of the keys to stay­ing rel­e­vant as a new home­builder is to keep learn­ing from pre­vi­ous de­signs. That’s be­cause as good as one de­sign might be, it can al­ways be mod­i­fied to make it bet­ter. Turns out, 15 Grey Owl Place — a brand-new de­sign called the Hill­crest — is the prod­uct of putting to­gether more than one de­sign.

“Ran­dall Homes’ de­sign team ac­tu­ally took some of the best fea­tures from three homes and put them into this home,” said Paul Michael Sal­tel, Ran­dall’s sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for 15 Grey Owl. “The re­sult was a bright, spa­cious home that func­tions ex­tremely well from top to bot­tom.”

Per­haps the home’s most strik­ing fea­ture — the two-storey de­sign mea­sures in at 2,146 sq. ft., not in­clud­ing the lower level — is its foyer. At ap­prox­i­mately 12 feet wide by 4½ feet deep, it possesses the depth and width re­quired to make en­try in the home a breeze.

More than that, the feel­ing of vol­ume cre­ated by a vaulted ceil­ing and for­mal din­ing room to the right of the foyer makes it that much more user-friendly, said Sal­tel.

“A one-quar­ter maple-capped stub wall di­vides it neatly from the din­ing room, yet pre­serves the nice, open feel,” he said. “And the vaulted ceil­ing and huge (arced) win­dow above com­bines with all the space in front of you to cre­ate a grand en­trance that in­vites you into the home.”

Two other de­sign fea­tures then catch your eye — a pow­der room and laun­dry room set down three steps from the main floor, and a cen­tre stair­case de­fined by an an­thracite maple ban­nis­ter with tem­pered-glass in­serts.

“The pow­der room, and laun­dry room, are ac­ces­si­ble, yet neatly tucked out of the way,” he said. “Be­cause the laun­dry room and pow­der room are down three steps, that makes for a 10-foot ceil­ing, which in the case of the laun­dry room makes a good-sized space feel even big­ger. Back out front, the glass in­serts in the ban­nis­ter main­tain that feel­ing of space by open­ing up the stairs.”

An­other highly de­sir­able fea­ture can be found to the left of the stairs, added Sal­tel.

“There’s a main-floor den with french doors, and a huge win­dow. It’s up front and out of the way, and is a great spot for a study or home of­fice that you can deal with clients in, with­out dis­turb­ing ev­ery­one in the main liv­ing area.”

Speak­ing of the home’s main liv­ing area — or great room — its de­sign is equally as clever as the home’s front por­tion. In this case, Ran­dall’s de­sign team got its pro­por­tion just right, as the kitchen/dinette area and fam­ily room are fab­u­lously func­tional.

The kitchen’s cen­tre­piece is an an­gled, off-white quartz is­land that fits the space per­fectly, while of­fer­ing seat­ing for two and a dou­ble sink. At the same time, there’s plenty of room for a dinette for four, which ben­e­fits from be­ing placed by a large win­dow and door that lead to a com­pos­ite deck with PVC rail­ing out back.

A rich ar­ray of fin­ish­ing ma­te­ri­als then kicks in to add style to an area that’s steeped in ef­fi­ciency.

“The fin­ish­ing ma­te­ri­als — an­thracite maple cab­i­nets, a (taupe/tan) tile back­splash, maple hard­woods and the quartz coun­ter­tops — give you a rich feel, mak­ing for a warm, bright and very func­tional space,” said Sal­tel. “A cor­ner pantry makes it that much more func­tional.”

Mean­while, the ad­ja­cent fam­ily room is an en­tity of its own thanks to a Ran­dall trade­mark, a maple-capped, one-third wall with dis­play shelv­ing and wine rack on its end por­tion. Light pours into the space via an­other huge win­dow; the space, while suf­fi­ciently spa­cious, feels even larger, as Ran­dall’s de­sign team went the min­i­mal­ist route with its built-in (maple) en­ter­tain­ment unit.

“The float­ing shelv­ing, com­pact cab­i­net and big TV niche have been very pop­u­lar with people — ev­ery­one likes how sub­tle, el­e­gant, con­tem­po­rary and ver­sa­tile it is,” he said. “And the cor­ner (gas) cul­tured stone fire­place fin­ishes off the area beau­ti­fully. Over­all, it’s a great area— its open de­sign al­lows you to stay con­nected with guests, and the back­yard deck ex­tends the space for en­ter­tain­ing.”

Head up­stairs via the stylish stair­case and you find an up­per level loaded with light — and func­tion­al­ity. That func­tion­al­ity starts with a handy loft area, said Sal­tel.

“It’s a big space that can be used as a loft — most people choose to keep it open — or be closed off to use as a fourth bed­room. With its big win­dow and the huge win­dow over the front door be­low, the sec­ond floor is noth­ing but light and well-used space,” he said. “There’s ba­si­cally no hall­way, which al­lowed for the mas­ter suite, bath­room and other two bed­rooms to be made as large as pos­si­ble.”

Space and light are abun­dant in the mas­ter suite, which mea­sures in at just un­der 14 feet by 15 feet. There’s also an abun­dance of lux­ury in the en­suite, added Sal­tel.

“First of all, you get a heated (off-white) tile floor, which people love,” he said. “You also get a big jet­ted soaker tub (placed be­neath two large ob­scured glass win­dows, a five-foot shower and an an­gled maple van­ity that has a raised sink and that’s sur­rounded by mir­rors. It looks great, and opens up the space.”

With over 3,100 sq. ft. of liv­able space (in­clud­ing the lower level), an in­tu­itive lay­out, bright in­te­rior (big win­dows every­where) and ex­cel­lent fin­ish­ing qual­ity, the Hill­crest of­fers fam­ily-friendly style, func­tion and value.

A rich ar­ray of fin­ish­ing ma­te­ri­als in the great room adds style to an area that’s steeped in ef­fi­ciency.

The kitchen’s cen­tre­piece is an off-white quartz is­land.

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