Lux­ury and pri­vacy in abun­dant sup­ply in forested Roy­al­wood lo­ca­tion

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Todd Lewys Pho­tos by Joe Bryksa Win­nipeg Free Press

IN this day and age of well-pop­u­lated hous­ing de­vel­op­ments, it’s dif­fi­cult to find a home that of­fers a high de­gree of pri­vacy. That is, un­less you have the good for­tune to buy early in a de­sir­able sec­tion of a de­vel­op­ment. Which is ex­actly what the out­go­ing own­ers of 81 River Val­ley Drive did when they built a 2,034 sq.-ft. bun­ga­low back­ing on to ma­ture for­est in a pris­tine sec­tion of Roy­al­wood back in 2007.

“At that time, there were sev­eral lots avail­able along this stretch, and they chose this lo­ca­tion,” says Jim Wall, real­tor for Sut­ton Group — Kilkenny Real Es­tate. “It was a great choice, be­cause this lit­tle nook is prob­a­bly the most pri­vate in Roy­al­wood. With the for­est out back, it’s to­tally pri­vate — there’s no one across the fence in the back­yard. And with the wide lot, there’s lots of room on ei­ther side.”

The next trick — with such a great lo­ca­tion to work with— was to build a home that would take ad­van­tage of the set­ting, and meet the own­ers’ unique needs. A quick walk through the home’s main level — in par­tic­u­lar the great-room area — re­veals a de­sign that scores high on both counts.

“Without ques­tion, the first thing you no­tice are all the over­sized win­dows along the back wall of the great room area. There are three in the liv­ing room and four (not in­clud­ing deck doors to the back yard) in the kitchen,” he says. “The own­ers wanted lots of win­dows along the back to max­i­mize the amount of nat­u­ral light; it flows in all day long. Of course, you also have the great for­est view out back. It’s gor­geous, and there’s also lots of wildlife to en­joy.”

There’s also a very ef­fi­ciently laid-out in­te­rior to en­joy. Exhibit No. 1 is a U-shaped kitchen with the cab­i­nets (tons of them), counter tops and a huge walk-in pantry placed around the pe­riph­ery. The rea­son be­hind this de­sign is sim­ple, says Wall.

“That makes for a gourmet kitchen in which there’s lots of space to move — two peo­ple could eas­ily cook in it. The two-tone blond and dark maple cab­i­netry also adds style and con­trast. There’s also a built in ta­ble and eat­ing nook for three, and room for a ta­ble and chairs (cur­rently filled by a low-slung couch) by the win­dows, if you want an­other eat­ing area.”

Thanks to medium-stained maple hard­woods, rich cab­i­netry and an earth-tone colour pal­ette, the in­te­rior of 81 River Val­ley is both con­tem­po­rary and warm. Flow from the kitchen into the liv­ing room/din­ing room area is seam­less, with the two sub­tly di­vided by a very wel­come fea­ture.

‘The two ar­eas are split by a three-sided fire­place,” adds Wall. “You can en­joy it from any­where in the great room area. It looks spec­tac­u­lar at night. There’s also a curved wall be­tween the foyer and liv­ing room that not only looks great, but neatly hides the kitchen. Right now, the area by the foyer is serv­ing as a din­ing room, but it could serve other pur­poses, such as a play area if you have young chil­dren.”

Exhibit No. 2 in the main-floor lay­out is not only unique, but ef­fi­cient: a sec­tion where a den and mas­ter bed­room have been placed right off the kitchen. This not only pro­vides easy ac­cess to the great-room area, but makes for a quiet, pri­vate area at the back of the home (no street noise here what­so­ever). It also makes for a sur­pris­ingly se­cluded — and large — mas­ter bed­room and en­suite.

“The mas­ter suite is tucked away in its own wing, with sep­a­rate bed­room, en­suite and (cor­ner) walk-in closet sec­tions,” he says. “It’s an ef­fi­cient, log­i­cal and well-fin­ished area that is log­i­cally de­signed and well-ap­pointed. To round things out, there’s a main-floor laun­dry/mud­room area right be­side the triple garage, and a sec­ond bed­room (across from a lux­u­ri­ous four-piece bath­room) off a wide, func­tional foyer.”

Mean­while, the lower level is like an­other home unto it­self with two bed­rooms, a bath­room, mas­sive rec room and a huge work­shop/stor­age area (which has served as the haven for two teenagers).

“It’s a great use of space,” says Wall, adding that the struc­tural wood floor makes for a warm lower level that de­liv­ers more than 1,500 sq. ft. of liv­able space. “You not only get two bed­rooms, a me­dia room, games area and wet bar, but you also get more stor­age area than you bar­gained for. This is a Power Smart Gold home that’s ab­so­lutely loaded. It’s a main­stream de­sign that can ac­com­mo­date a wide va­ri­ety of fam­ily lifestyles.”

A three-sided fire­place di­vides the great room area from the din­ing room.

A large win­dow pro­vides plenty of nat­u­ral light in the din­ing area.

The 2,034 square-foot bun­ga­low fea­tures three bath­rooms.

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