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Space and light abound in family friendly home

The family room is loaded with style and features four floor-to-ceiling windows.
The master ensuite features a stand-alone corner soaker tub.
16 Waterstone Drive. Sarah Taylor / Winnipeg Free Press August 19, 2014
The large kitchen feels even bigger thanks to a high ceiling and an abundance of natural lighting.

As important as style is in a home, it is just one of several ingredients that combine to create a livable family abode.

Ultimately, style must place third on the list of must-haves behind space and light. Which makes sense; without those two attributes, it's difficult to build style into a home (few cramped, dark homes have much style to speak of). Consequently, the design team at KDR Homes made 16 Waterstone Dr. as big and bright as possible.

By big, we mean 2,467 square feet spread out over the home's main floor and second level -- with another 1,300-plus sq. ft. of livable space available downstairs in a walk-out basement. With approximately 4,000 sq. ft. of livable space, the home possesses three levels of family-friendly functionality.

That functionality starts in the home's great room, where -- as should be the case -- space and light abound. The space comes in two dimensions: wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling, said KDR's Diego Vassallo.

"The first thing we did was make sure each space was a generous size. The kitchen is absolutely huge with an L-shaped (white) quartz island with seating for four to six, a corner pantry, brown thermofoil cabinets (with extra height) and white quartz countertops that contrast nicely with the cabinets," he said. "There's tons of cabinet, and counter space -- plus a big dining area that we placed next to three windows and a deck door. The water view is incredible."

As big as the kitchen is, it feels that much larger due to its higher-than-normal ceiling.

"We made the ceiling 10 feet in the kitchen, which makes an already big space feel that much bigger," said Vassallo. "When you combine that with large windows -- such as the three-piece window next to the dinette -- you get a bright, spacious feel."

The same could be said for the adjacent family room, which is notable for its collection of (four in total) floor-to-ceiling windows that are more than just a fashion statement.

"We're really pleased with the way the design turned out -- the huge windows and 18-foot ceiling combine to make a space that's not only bright and spacious, but that also has a grand, yet intimate feel. The amount of natural light that pours into the area is amazing, as is the wetland view."

The modern-themed finishes in the room aren't too shabby, either: whitewashed, wide-plank oak laminate floors, a ribbon-style fireplace framed by a stainless steel surround and a minimal, yet effective brown thermofoil entertainment unit with two display/art shelves above an oversized flat panel TV niche.

"I think it has a nice, clean, symmetrical look that complements the space perfectly," he said. "The brown thermofoil cabinets add colour and warmth, while the laminate hardwoods add a soft, yet textured feel. They're also durable, dampen sound (due to a foam underlay), are easy to clean and don't shrink and expand when the home's humidity changes. They're an excellent choice for a high traffic area, which the great room is."

Like the main floor, the walk-out lower level is spacious, bright and tastefully finished. Its simple, open-concept design, it turns out, delivers on three levels. First, there's nothing to hinder traffic flow between the media and games areas, making it an ideal space for entertaining. Second, the design ensures hosts and their guests can always stay connected no matter where they are in the room.

Third, the open design allows light from the staggered, glassified rear wall -- the wetland view is also spectacular -- to flow freely throughout the area.

"Much like the great room, the rec room is a big, bright space that was designed for entertaining," said Vassallo. "You can have all kinds of people down here watching a game, playing pool and going back and forth between the rec room and backyard through a patio door that leads to a covered patio and a large, beautifully landscaped backyard. There's also a play room, four-piece bath and roughed-in area for a fifth bedroom."

Head upstairs to 16 Waterstone's top-most level, and you an encounter a layout that's exceptionally function -- and enhances privacy.

A separate wing set well away from the master suite houses three bedrooms, a four-piece bath and laundry room, while the master suite -- which is defined neatly by its own compact catwalk off the stairs -- is set off in a secluded, luxurious world of its own.

"I think it's everything a master suite should be -- spacious, private and well-appointed," he said. "The back wall is filled with glass to provide a great view of the wetlands below and let in tons of light, and there's all kinds of space for a bed, dresser, end tables and corner reading area. There's also a huge walk-in closet with rich wood veneer shelving and storage."

Fittingly, the piece de resistance is the ensuite, which is an elegant, functional space.

"It has all the amenities required to help you relax after a long day -- a stand-alone corner soaker tub, white porcelain tile floor, six-foot frameless tempered glass shower with (tan) tile surround and a thermofoil vanity with (grey) quartz countertop and dual sink," Vassallo said. "It's modern, yet warm and inviting."

Loaded with furniture, appliances and two TVs, 16 Waterstone is ready for a family to enjoy, he added.

"It's move-in ready, and is a home that a family will enjoy for entertaining, its beautiful setting and overall livability."


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