Affordable luxury — an expression that becomes more unwieldy when applied in the context of a custom-built home.
It’s a myth Avanti Custom Homes is looking to debunk through applying a ground-breaking approach to building luxuriously-appointed custom homes, says Blair Holm, Avanti’s sales representative for their newest show home at 31 Wheelwright Way in Oak Bluff West.
"Avanti Custom Homes’ mandate is to provide home buyers with custom-built, luxurious homes that are not only affordable, but where pricing and design features are right up front for everyone to see," he says. "With Avanti Custom Homes, most of the design features you see in a show home are standard."
In the case of 31 Wheelwright Way — a 1,763 square-foot, three-bedroom bungalow with triple garage — the list of standard features is impressive and striking.
"For example, when you enter the home (via an eight-foot-wide foyer with 10-foot ceiling), you see (mocha-stained) maple railing and a one-third wall with maple capping to the right. Both the railing and capping come standard, though the paint detailing between the wood trim on the side of the one-third wall is an upgrade. Other standard features include lighting (there are two standard packages) and hardware such as Decora switches and plugs."
As impressive as the sprawling home’s finishing level is — it’s floorplan is equally, if not more, impressive. Thanks to the home’s width — there was plenty of room to spread out from side to side on the ultra-wide lot — the foyer transitions smoothly into (what else) an ultra-wide hallway.
That hallway serves as a perfect divider between two separate (and wonderfully private) wings: one to the right that holds a bedroom/den, bathroom and second bedroom to the right. Then, on the opposite side, the other wing contains but two spaces: a functional oversized mud/laundry room with door to the attached triple garage — and the master suite.
All three bedrooms are huge, with the master suite flexing considerable muscle from both a fashion and function standpoint.
"It’s a bright, roomy space that comes with a vaulted ceiling that makes it feel even bigger than it is (14 by 13.8 feet), plus a gorgeous ensuite with a tempered glass/tile shower with sliding door with barn-style rollers and LED pot light above," Holm says. "It also features a light taupe tile floor, medium brown maple vanity with (white/grey) quartz countertop. The walk-in closet — it comes with tons of built-in shelving and drawers — offers all kinds of well-organized wardrobe space."
Turns out, the master suite was a microcosm of the great room, which spreads out in bright, spacious splendour beneath a high, vaulted ceiling that accomplishes two things from a livability standpoint. First, the high ceiling gives the area an incredibly open and airy feel.
And second, light abounds.
"The vaulted ceiling combines with a series of huge windows on the home’s rear wall to make for an incredibly bright and livable great room. There’s a huge picture window behind the family room, a patio door (with oversized transom window above) between the family room and dining room — and another large window behind the dining room," he says.
Meanwhile, a collection of discreet yet distinct design touches combine with rich, tasteful finishes to make for a great room that’s as livable as you’ll find in any luxury home.
"Little touches such as a built-in (maple) serving area off the dining room, angled island with cut-out (that neatly holds seating for three) opens up the kitchen to the dining room and large expandable dining room make a big difference in the great room’s level of function — it’s very high," Holm says. "Finishing quality is also high."
That high finishing quality starts with medium brown, wide-plank (oak-style) laminate flooring that runs through the entire great room. Add in a wealth of mocha maple cabinets, white/grey quartz countertops and a taupe (glass) tile backsplash and the great room subtly immerses you in understated elegance.
"I’d have to say the gas fireplace in the family room, with its huge (taupe) cultured stone surround and maple entertainment unit (an option), is my all-time favourite. It just finishes off the great room perfectly."
Holm says the home — which can also comes in a slightly smaller, 1,556-sq.-ft. version with double garage — is ideal for empty nesters looking to downsize from larger homes.
"The great room is perfect for entertaining, and you also have the bedroom wing across the way that offers a bedroom/den, four-piece bath (with tile floor and soaker tub) and another bedroom that can serve as a guest room."
Then there’s the home’s cavernous lower level, which offers approximately 1,500 sq. ft. of bright (due to four huge windows) living space.
"Our suggested floor plan calls for two huge bedrooms with walk-in closets, a four-piece bath, home theatre/gym and rec room — we can finish it for you for somewhere between $70,000 or $80,000, or you can leave it to be finished at a later date," Holm says. "We’ve had a very positive response to the home. I think it proves that a custom home can be luxurious — and affordable."
Builder: Avanti Custom Homes
Address: 31 Wheelwright Way, Oak Bluff West
Size: 1,763 sq. ft.
Price: $618,900 (including lot, appliances & GST)
Contact: Blair Holm, Sutton Group - Kilkenny Real Estate, 204-232-9930