In some new designs, sales brochures might say a home has a "wall of windows" in the great room.
Then, when you actually view the home, you find that claim to be only partially true. While the great room is thoroughly open-concept (though perhaps maybe not as open-concept as you'd like, seeing as you like to entertain and be able to keep tabs on your kids from the kitchen when they're playing), the windows are really only a half wall of windows.
Well, that's not the case with the ultra-open-concept great room in one of Gino's Homes' newest show homes, a two-storey, 2,196-sq.-ft. design found at 48 Dennis Lindsay Rd. in Bridgewood Estates.
"Let's just say this is a very open-concept home, with nine-foot ceilings throughout the main floor, plus a 25-foot vaulted ceiling above the living room/dining room area," said Gino's sales representative for the home, Re/Max Executives' Goy Sengmany. "This is a very bright, airy home."
That statement isn't just a bunch of pumped-up realtorspeak. Walk into the great room, and it doesn't take long to come to the conclusion it's perhaps one of the brightest, most voluminous great rooms any builder offers.
"There actually is a wall of windows on the rear wall," said Sengmany, gesturing toward a wall that's filled with a series of huge windows down low, and then another series of mid-sized windows up high. "I like the fact that the Gino's design team put as many windows in key spots to maximize the inflow of natural light. Right now, the lower window shades are drawn, but it's still incredibly bright. All the (tri-pane) windows really open up the great room."
It turns out the great room is only the start of the glass-ification. Head upstairs and there are three angled windows on the wall to the left of the staircase allowing daylight to flow in in unabated fashion.
Venture into a walk-in closet, the laundry room -- even the main-floor powder room -- and each room is outfitted with a large window to let the light shine in. Heck, there's even a window between the powder room and laundry room to let in even more light.
While all the light makes for a cheerful interior, the home's intuitive layout makes for a home that flows and functions exceptionally well. Case in point is the great room, which features three well-proportioned spaces: an island kitchen, a massive dining area and an equally large living room.
"People who've come through the home so far have said they not only like the open design and all the light, but the fact it's not only a great family home, but that it's also ideal for entertaining -- the great room's design lends itself to both," he said. "Visitors have said they're also impressed with the finishing quality. That's not surprising, because that's what Gino's is known for."
The finishes are at once modern and traditional: whitewashed oak hardwoods, white quartz countertops and a grey glass tile backsplash that mesh well with the stainless appliances and stainless hood vent that's suspended stylishly over a built-in cooktop.
For contrast, the Gino's design team then opted to install a plethora of espresso maple cabinets, including a pantry to the right of the refrigerator and an espresso maple door that fronts the adjacent (and big) walk-in pantry.
It's not only bigger than normal, but contains another novel feature, said Sengmany.
"It also has a window; you don't see many pantries with windows, or windows that huge. Overall, this is such a well-designed area. There's seating for four at the (nine-foot) island, the dining area easily holds a table for four, and the living room is a great area to visit in with the hardwoods, high ceiling and a gorgeous (grey/terra cotta) cultured stone fireplace."
Meanwhile, the home's upper level is very nearly as bright as the main level due to large windows in every room, plus the light radiating into it from the windows on the great room's rear wall. Sengmany said the master suite encapsulates the home's design.
"It's massive with a huge picture window that takes up three-quarters of its rear wall, so it's an incredibly bright space. It's big, too, with plenty of room for a chaise lounge, queen-size bed, TV entertainment unit and a dresser."
Then, there's its crowning touch, an expansive, beautifully finished ensuite.
"Again, it's a nice, big space -- there's lots of room to move. For those who enjoy baths, there's a nice, deep six-foot air-jet soaker tub (set in white tile) with a big window above it," he said. "You also get a five-foot shower with rain-shower head, and a large walk-in closet with tons of built-in storage including a four-tiered shoe rack, a nice touch that women love."
Not surprisingly, the two secondary bedrooms are a good size, with (what else) huge windows. The view from the catwalk next to the landing (and that leads to the first kids' bedroom) looking down on the great room is also spectacular.
Downstairs, another 1,200 sq. ft. of liveable space awaits, bringing the home's total living space to almost 3,400 sq. ft.
"You can put in a rec room, bathroom and even two more bedrooms if you want to," added Sengmany. "This is a big, beautifully finished and well-designed home that offers exceptional value in a great neighbourhood."