Sometimes, a new home design has more than one purpose.
That’s the case with The Berkeley, a 2,310-sq.-ft. walk-out bungalow found on a huge, 50-foot by 188-foot lot in Ridgewood West, says Hearth Homes’ sales manager/designer Liam Milne.
"The first thing we were trying to achieve was an innovative, prairie-style design similar to the ones famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright made so famous," Milne explains. "In that sense, The Berkeley’s exterior beautifully echoes the sweeping natural landscape of its surroundings with its low roof pitch, linear windows, brick and stucco exterior and black/white colour theme."
Next comes the home’s interior.
"We wanted it to have the feel of a classic River Heights home, but we wanted it to be more open-concept with its floor plan, not like a centre hall plan," he says. "And while the floor plan is open-concept, there is some segmentation. The feel coming into the home is open due to a grand foyer (featuring a hexagonal tile floor) with high (19.5-foot) ceiling that opens up on to the dining room."
However, while the dining room is a decidedly formal space, it isn’t isolated. While it’s in its own intimate yet spacious area, there’s a gorgeous two-sided, see-through fireplace to its rear that deftly divides it from the family room, with entrances on either side providing seamless access into the family room and kitchen.
"Even with the subtle segmentation, flow throughout the great room is excellent," Milne says. "You can easily access the elegant main floor powder room across from the dining room, then take a hallway off it into a huge laundry mudroom, which contains a bench with locker, window, sink and plenty of storage cabinets. There’s a door that leads to the (24-foot by 24-foot) double attached garage, and a doorway that leads into the kitchen."
The kitchen is notable for three things: its size, island and rich finishes. Because it’s at least 20 feet long, there’s plenty of room to move, with its centrepiece being a 12-foot-long island with double sink and seating for five.
"The island is super functional, and there’s plenty of room to create," he says. "And there’s not only a walk-in pantry in the corner, but also pantries either side on the wall surrounding the fridge. The maple cabinets are gorgeous with their beautiful grey/brown finish and they really pop on the hexagonal tile backsplash. The white/grey quartz countertops go perfectly with the cabinets, while ash-stained hickory hardwoods add warmth."
Meanwhile, a host of windows placed prominently on The Berkeley’s rear wall accomplish two purposes. First, they provide a view of the naturalized lake to the rear of the home. Second, they let in all kinds of natural light.
"It’s morning and the rear of the home faces west, yet it’s still bright inside. There’s a large window and patio doors (which lead to a spacious deck overlooking the water) behind the kitchen, while there’s a huge picture window on the family room’s rear wall. The fireplace is its focal point, and we went with a simple, elegant maple entertainment unit on its side wall."
Head upstairs, and you encounter an expansive second floor with three bedrooms, a four-piece bath and a huge bonus room.
"To say the least, it’s insanely big," says Milne. "There’s not only room for a media/sitting room, but there’s also room for a fully-functional office, too. A bank of four windows lets in loads of light, too."
Angle your way left down the generous hallway, and you find two oversized secondary bedrooms with large windows and ample storage space. As it should, the upper level culminates with the master suite.
"First of all, its ensuite is an ode to River Heights, with its free-standing soaker tub with subway tile (background) wall and (six-foot) tempered glass shower with cultured marble surround," he says. "It also features a (dark brown) coffee bean cork floor and maple vanity with dual sinks with storage tower between them."
A brief hallway then takes you into the master suite, a delightful space in and of itself.
"It’s a wonderful, spacious space with about seven to eight feet of windows on its rear wall that provide a beautiful, elevated lake view. There’s also a deceptively big walk-in closet with solid wood (honey-stained pine) shelving that adds an extra touch of luxury."
Finally, there’s The Berkeley’s fully-finished walk-out lower level, which adds another 882 livable sq. ft. of space to the home.
"I’m not sure where to start in describing it," Milne says. "First, there’s the water view out all the windows that line its rear wall. There’s a gorgeous wet bar with acrylic cabinets, hexagonal tile backsplash and cork floor, media area next to a bank of windows, media room with patio door to a covered deck, fourth bedroom and full bath. The floor also features a Dri-core membrane subfloor that makes for a warmer basement."
In all, the home’s design went according to plan, concludes Milne.
"We’re really pleased with how it turned out. The Berkeley features a great layout for an established family. It’s a home that perfectly combines the elegance and functionality that a family with older kids needs."
Builder: Hearth Homes
Address: 14 Camira Way, Ridgewood West Charleswood
Style: Two-storey with walk-out basement
Model: The Berkeley
Size: 2,310 sq. ft.
Bedrooms: 4 plus bonus room
Price: $889,900 (Including lot, GST, appliances, window coverings)
Contact: Liam Milne, Sales Consultant, 204-802-3400