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The formal portion of the 2016 Spring Parade of Homes ends today at 6 p.m., but, there’s no need to worry — most of the show homes that have been part of the Parade will remain open for viewing. The weather has been outstanding this year, and large crowds have seen what these 123 new homes offer. This year’s entrants were an amazing collection of design, style, quality, craftsmanship and choice.
The Fall and Spring Parade of Homes are two showcase events hosted by the Manitoba Home Builders Association to demonstrate the best the new home building industry has to offer. Whether you’re in the market for a new home, considering a change or just looking for ideas for your current home, nowhere else is there such a collection of concepts.
What many people may not know is these show homes are open year round for viewing. The hours may be slightly different than during the Parade, but the sales representatives in the new homes are still available to help you with your search for the perfect home. So, if you need to take another look at a couple of homes before making your decision, they are ready to welcome you.
If you recall visiting a neighbourhood or series of homes that especially interested you, but you have lost your Parade magazine, don’t worry — all the pertinent information is still available at the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association website, www.homebuilders.mb.ca. The entire Fall Parade magazine will remain online right up until next year’s Spring Parade.
You can also access the magazine via the Winnipeg Free Press website at www.winnipegfreepress.com. There may also still be some physical copies remaining at your nearby Steinbach Credit Union.
Today is also your last chance to cast your votes for the homes you think should win in the awards competition. Simply visit the show home, text the number and rank the homes.
Thank you to all of the many partners who worked together to create a fantastic Spring Parade of Homes. This event gets better every year with the best new homes in all of Canada being showcased at one time. Remember, show homes stay open beyond the Parade dates, so there is plenty of opportunity to re-visit what just might be your new home.
Mike Moore is president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association
The unusually balmy weather of the past two weeks has been bringing interested visitors by the thousands to the Spring Parade of Homes. On the second weekend, sales agents were reporting lineups outside the door in anticipation of visiting homes. The absolutely fantastic weather throughout the rest of the week ensured attendance stayed strong. It certainly looks like this year’s Parade will be one of the largest ever.
Sales representatives showing the 120 new homes have been bombarded with a flurry of questions in the first two weeks. Financial items are front and centre. Interested buyers are particularly interested in the low mortgage rates available. Some show homes display samples of mortgage calculations, while some promote banks and credit unions able to assist buyers. All have a calculator handy.
Given most people visit a variety of new homes in the Parade, it is inevitable comparison shopping and the addition of different features arise. For instance, sales representatives have been asked the cost of changing flooring to something seen elsewhere. Kitchen counter tops and cabinets also stimulate discussions for changes. Bathrooms are always popular design topics.
Manitobans are more energy conscious than any other province. This is particularly true of those considering moving from their older home to a brand-new home. Technology improves every year and, although Manitoba new homes have been the most energy efficient in Canada for a number of years, they still continue to get better.
Two popular innovations for this year’s Parade are the passport and voting. The weekday passport encourages you to visit 10 different show homes from Monday through Friday for an opportunity to win a luxury seven-night river cruise through France.
Spring Parade attendees can determine the prize winners in every category this year. Upon visiting each show home, simply text the number on display and you can rate each home in five different categories on a one to five scale. Your ranking will determine who takes home gold.
As was said in this column last week, if you don’t know, don’t be afraid to ask. The show home representatives have a wealth of information — if they don’t immediately know the answer, they can find out and get back to you.
Remember, the 2016 Spring Parade of Homes continues through Saturday, March 26. Show homes are open Monday through Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
Mike Moore is president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association
Not all show homes feel like home. Yet that’s the precise feedback Ventura Custom Homes sales representative Chris Dare has been receiving about 144 Cherrywood Rd. — a.k.a. the Aspenridge B Visitable — during the Spring Parade of Homes.
"Pretty much everyone who’s viewed the home has said it feels like you’re walking into a real home rather than a show home," said Dare, adding the Aspenridge is a brand-new design. "I think there are two reasons for that. The home isn’t overdone, so it just feels like you’re walking into a normal home. Its open-concept floor plan also gives it a nice, spacious feel the moment you walk in, so you feel comfortable right away."
That comfort starts on the home’s main floor, where a supremely sensible floor plan makes the most of the available space. For starters, the foyer — which is approximately seven feet wide — is a generous space that makes it easy for visitors to doff their coats and shoes without tripping all over each other. And because the foyer essentially opens on to the great room (and there’s plenty of transition space in front of it) — a one-third wall neatly divides it from the adjacent living room — there’s a palpable sense of space. "I love the open-concept great room," said Dare. "There’s always lots of room to move, and there’s space for everyone, whether you’re at home with family, or are entertaining."
Thanks to nine-foot ceilings and lots of glass — the family room features a huge, recessed picture window on its rear wall, the back door has a large glass centre pane and there’s an oversized piano window on the wall opposite (and above, for privacy) the dining area — flow from space to space is effortless, and natural light abounds.
Meanwhile, two other design features combine to create a great room that’s equal parts function and fashion. "Each area is well-proportioned — the family room, dining area and kitchen are all just the right size, so, again, you never feel like space is lacking," he said. "There’s plenty of room to hang out or entertain in the family room, the dining area can easily hold a table for six or more, and the island kitchen (with compact, functional six-foot by three-foot island with eating nook for two) is perfect for creating meals or as a serving area."
Finishes are also impressive. High-end (taupe) laminate plank floors run through the foyer, great room and rear of the home (more about its neat design shortly), while textured cappuccino cabinets, a bronze-hued glass tile backsplash and smart brown/bronze laminate countertops combine to create a rich, warm look that meshes beautifully with the flooring.
The kitchen then transitions into another hallway to its rear — a hallway loaded with all kinds of function, said Dare. "This home has been drawing a lot of interest from multi-generational families because it features a bedroom and visitable main bath next to a huge landing off its back door," he said. "It’s tucked away neatly behind the kitchen, which gives it a nice private feel, making it perfect for parents or in-laws, as it’s right next to the door that leads down to the basement."
Head downstairs, and you find a well-laid-out lower level that offers a surprising amount of livable space. "Its layout allows for a huge storage/mechanical area, a fifth bedroom, four-piece bath and rec room with media and games areas. Ventura’s design team has done a really good job with this home – every level offers exceptional livability."
That inherent livability is also on full display on the Aspenridge’s topmost level, which can be accessed in seamless fashion via a four-foot-wide staircase. A brief hallway connects the three bedrooms and main bath without taking up too much valuable space, while a laundry room situated in a double closet next to the stairs is unobtrusive, yet highly functional.
Both secondary bedrooms are quite large with oversized windows, one with a walk-in closet, the other with a huge quad closet. The main bath is more spacious than most with a one-piece vinyl tub/shower combo with deep soaker tub; the master suite is large, light-filled and luxurious. "At 14.5 square feet by 15 square feet, it’s a big space (with huge picture window) that features a huge (11.6-foot by six-foot) walk-in closet, and generous ensuite with five-foot shower, cappuccino Olon vanity and taupe countertop," said Dare. "It’s a beautiful, functional space."
Whether a young family or multi-generational family chooses the home, they’ll be getting the same thing, added Dare. "The Aspenridge offers families just a ton of value. If you finish the basement, you can get a five-bedroom, four-bathroom home that provides you with just over 2,600 square feet of total living space with detached 20-foot by 22-foot garage for just under $425,000 — in a central area that’s beautiful, walkable and close to all kinds of amenities," he said. "It’s a great, well-thought-out design on every level."
Builder: Ventura Custom Homes
Address: 144 Cherrywood Road, Bridgwater Trails
Model: The Aspenridge B Visitable
Size: 1,882 sq. ft.
Price: $396,500 (Show home; includes lot, detached garage and GST)
Contact: Chris Dare, Quest Residential Real Estate, 204-295-2207
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