A peaceful, inviting ambience that washes over you the moment you step inside can be challenging for new home builders to achieve.
According to Bruce Gemmel, sales consultant for the 1,595 square-foot bungalow at 464 Maconnell Lane in Grande Pointe Meadows, the talented team at Broadview Homes did exactly that with this stunning new design.
"You just feel like you’ve come home as soon as you step into the foyer," he says. "The house has a great flow to it with its open-concept floor plan, and there’s so much natural light. Everything just looks and feels right. That puts you at ease and provides a real feeling of comfort and relaxation."
In this instance, it’s all about how all the little design details come together to create an exceptionally inviting and livable home.
Take the Pritchard’s great room, for example.
Not only is each space, kitchen, dining area and family room, distinct, but flow between spaces is effortless. At the same time, a host of well-placed windows allow natural light to flow inside seemingly from every angle.
"The great room is basically surrounded by windows," says Gemmel. "Light enters it from everywhere, the front door, from an optional window over the lower level stairwell, two huge windows on the family room’s rear wall — and from the four-season sunroom, which sits directly behind the dining area to the rear of the kitchen."
While it’s an optional feature, many people choose to include it in the design of the home, he adds.
"Even though it costs about $25,000 to add on, it’s a very worthwhile addition. At 12 feet by 12 feet, it’s a nice size, and is surrounded by eight windows, and a patio door on its side wall leads out to a spacious composite deck that overlooks a wide-open field. The sunroom and deck are so relaxing - I could sit out here all day."
The same sentiment applies to the great room, which is inviting yet functional.
Centered around an eight-foot by four-foot island, the kitchen features a modern farmhouse look with its country white cabinets, off-white quartz countertops, hexagonal tile backsplash and stainless appliances.
Meanwhile, the dining area - which can seat anywhere from six to 10 guests - is just the right size, and positioned perfectly between the kitchen, sunroom and family room.
Then there’s the family room, which adds a touch of rustic charm into the design mix.
"It’s the perfect size, with room for a sofa and two armchairs," Gemmel says. "The entertainment unit, with its beige cultured stone feature wall, fireplace, TV niche and espresso storage unit below is great for visiting with guests after dinner."
The Pritchard’s efficient, user-friendly design then continues in a logically-laid-out bedroom wing that was placed behind the kitchen, well away from the great room.
It starts off with an office/bedroom, followed by a mud/laundry room, another bedroom, the main bath - and is completed by the primary bedroom, which sits in its own private spot at the end of an eight-foot hallway.
In a clever move, the adjacent main bath, which was placed at the end of the hallway, neatly separates it from bedroom number three.
"Because the primary bedroom is so well-separated, it has a real sense of calm about it. It’s a good size with a big horizontal window that lets in lots of light, a spacious walk-in closet and three-piece ensuite with walk-in shower," he says. "Some customers have even had us put in a patio door on the side wall that allows them to access the sunroom and deck."
Head downstairs, and you find an expansive lower level that can accommodate a huge rec room, fourth bedroom, four-piece bath, a utility room and storage room. Add in a fully developed basement, and the Pritchard offers nearly 2,500 sq. ft. of total usable living space.
Gemmel says the intelligently-designed bungalow has been popular with both empty nesters and families.
"The Pritchard is a versatile home that works well for anyone. With this particular model, you get just under 2,500 sq. ft. of livable space including the sunroom when you finish the lower level. It gives you the best of everything - a warm, functional floor plan, three to four bedrooms, and the feel of living in the country even though you’re close to the city."
Builder: Broadview Homes
Address: 464 Maconnell Lane, Grande Pointe Meadows
Model: the Pritchard
Size: 1,595 sq. ft.
Price: $548,000 (includes lot & GST)
Contact: Bruce Gemmel, new homes sales consultant, 204-688-6868