A quick tour of The Dakota — Signature Homes’ 2017 Spring Parade of Homes show home in Prairie Pointe — leaves a distinct impression.
An impression of space, light and style, but mostly one of space.
Almost certainly, the home must be 2,000 sq. ft. or larger, you muse. That’s not the case, says Signature Homes sales representative for 41 Eaglewood Dr., Maximum Realty’s Jeff McArthur.
"Actually, it was an existing floor plan that was around 2,000 sq. ft. that we reduced in size to 1,817 sq. ft.," he says. "Even though it’s smaller than the previous design, it feels just as big because the floor plan is so functional."
The Dakota’s excellent floor plan starts in its grand foyer, the brainchild of Signature Homes’ general manager Gerry Mawhinney and the design team he oversees.
"Gerry and his design team deserve the credit for its wonderful design," McArthur says. "Not only did they decide to go with a soaring (18-foot) ceiling that really opens it up, but they also used tempered glass inserts (with sharp white railing/trim) on the walls that border the stairway. It maintains a feeling of openness and allows light to flow through beautifully between the upper level and foyer."
Not only is the foyer striking, but it’s also practical. Angle to the left, and you find a coat closet, neatly cantilevered entrance to the attached double garage, a second closet, powder room and main floor laundry.
"Having all those convenient features tucked away in one spot is just one example of just how efficient the Dakota’s layout is. Having those five different features contained in one area is a great use of space," he says.
A four-foot-wide entrance off the foyer then leads into an open-concept great room which — once again — features a very efficient floor plan.
To the immediate left is an island kitchen with adjacent dining area; to the right is a beautifully finished family room that’s just the right size at 14.7 feet by 13.3 feet (i.e., plenty of space to accommodate furniture and move around, yet small enough to maintain an intimate feel).
"Visitors to the home during the spring Parade’s first weekend loved the great room’s bright, open feel, huge (10-foot) island in the kitchen and the gorgeous family room," McArthur reports. "There’s lots of glass on the rear wall (large windows behind the dining area and in the family room, plus sliding patio doors in the centre) that lets in lots of natural light. There’s also plenty of room to move and a host of beautiful finishes."
Those beautiful finishes start with (medium brown) oak-style luxury vinyl plank flooring that runs through the entire great room.
"It’s a perfect colour — it has a tone that’s bright yet warm," he says. "It’s also a great product because its durable, doesn’t expand or contract. Finishes in the kitchen include upgraded (soft close) white maple cabinets and drawers (with gorgeous, contrasting black satin handles,) grey quartz countertops, white subway tile backsplash and a grey tile entertainment unit with gas fireplace in the family room."
Because this version of the Dakota is a show home, it comes filled with approximately $100,000 worth of upgrades.
Consequently, the home’s base price is approximately $419,900 — a price that still includes a corner pantry, regular-length white maple cabinets (or thermofoil cabinets, one of 20 cabinet options Signature Homes offers), some pot lights, laminate countertops and vinyl and carpet flooring.
"The wall in the family room would also be left blank, which opens up a bit of space and gives you plenty of room to put in your own entertainment unit," McArthur says. "You really don’t lose anything (in terms of style) with those finishes, and you get the same efficient, family-friendly layout."
While heading upstairs via the wide, striking, glass-lined staircase is a pleasure, that feeling increases the moment you set foot in the upper level’s landing.
Not only is it extra-wide (making for seamless traffic flow, something families will appreciate on busy workday/school mornings), but it’s bright (surrounded by bedrooms with big, well-positioned windows) and offers ample separation between key spaces.
"Visitors love the fact that the master suite is on one side of the landing (next to the stairs), while the secondary bedrooms are across the way on the opposite side with the main bathroom and linen closet in between," he says. "Both the kids and parents have their own private spaces. Both kids’ bedrooms are a good size, have huge windows and lots of closet space."
That leaves the secluded master suite, which is the second floor’s pièce de résistance with its bright, spacious bedroom, large walk-in closet and its long, deep — and luxurious — ensuite.
"It features a (thermofoil) rift oak vanity with dual sinks, cool (artistic) black/taupe tile floor, four-foot shower, separate water closet and soaker tub set in a niche with grey feature wall and white tile trim," McArthur says. "It’s a true retreat for parents."
He adds that the Dakota’s basement — which offers approximately 900 sq. ft. of livable space — can be finished for about $32,000.
"We actually finish quite a few basements. That adds another bedroom or two, a rec room, bathroom and storage. If you go with basic finishes and finish the basement, families get a home that gives you them over 2,700 sq. ft. of livable space for approximately $452,000 — great value."
Builder: Signature Homes
Address: 41 Eaglewood Dr., Prairie Pointe (Waverley West)
Model: The Dakota
Size: 1,817 sq. ft.
Price: $519,900 (Including lot, upgrades & GST)
Contact: Jeff McArthur, Maximum Realty, 204-299-5232