Any new home design worth its salt must possess two things: flair and function.
Flair is what gives a home its character, while function is what provides essential day-to-day livability. The synergy between those two design elements showcased in 20 Clear Spring Rd. — KDR Homes’ newest show home in Bridgwater Lakes — is as close to perfect as you’ll find, says Josie Garofoli, KDR’s sales representative for the 2,532-square-foot, walk-out bungalow.
"As stylish as this home is, above all, it’s a very functional home," she says. "When KDR’s designers design our homes, they design them with a 360-degree outlook. That’s why the homes flow so beautifully, and are so naturally bright."
That intuitive flow and brightness is augmented by a trio of subtle design features that come together to create a significant impact on the sprawling home’s interior: high ceilings throughout the home, extra-high doorways and closets, and a plethora of huge, well-placed windows in every space.
"A generous foyer feels even more generous because its ceiling is 12-feet high," Garofoli says. "Then, the ceiling in the great room is 15-feet high, and the ceiling height in the kitchen and bedrooms (the latter on the main floor) is 10 feet. When you add in eight-foot-high doorways, closets and oversized (tri-pane, Low-E with sunblock finish) windows, you get a home that has a grand feel."
That said, space alone doesn’t make a home. In order for a home to be livable, the space has to be allotted properly. If it isn’t, a home can easily turn into a collection of grand, albeit disorganized spaces.
No such worries with 20 Clear Spring, as its main living area — and wide hallway that precedes it — makes total sense from an ergonomic perspective. To the left is a huge main floor laundry with (light taupe) tile floor, massive closet, sink with quartz countertop, washer/dryer nook and door to the attached double garage.
Train your gaze to the right of the foyer and you find a bedroom/den, four-piece bath and then another bedroom. There’s a reason for that design, says Garofoli.
"You can use the space up front as either a den or bedroom, or both bedrooms could serve as in-law suites with the bathroom in between them. The layout is very functional, flexible and flows extremely well."
Then, there’s the spacious great room, which was designed to be the home’s hub — a hub that lends itself to family life or entertaining equally well. At the same time, its rear wall was essentially lined with glass to showcase the scenery behind the home.
"The idea was to position all the windows (two windows, patio doors behind the huge dining area, eight windows placed down low and up high on the family room’s back and side walls) to capture the gorgeous lake and park views," she says.
Meanwhile, the area possesses a European-modern look that’s created by an island kitchen (with spice kitchen to its rear) that features white/grey quartz countertops, white thermofoil cabinets, a huge floor-to-ceiling pantry with sliding glass doors, white tile backsplash and natural oak engineered hardwood floors. The dining area is demarcated by a cool trellis on the ceiling above.
With its 15-foot ceiling, rear wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, spectacular thermofoil stack with gas fireplace and TV niche — and grey Italian tile feature wall next to the lower level staircase — the family room is perfect for watching a movie with the family, or sitting down to visit with company après dinner.
The main floor’s final space — the master suite — is just as spectacular as the great room, says Garofoli.
"It basically takes up a whole wing of the home and was designed to be a private retreat. It features a TV area with fireplace, (opulent) ensuite with tile floor, corner soaker tub, six-foot custom (frameless) glass/tile shower with rain shower head, nice-sized bedroom area with beautiful lake view and (huge) his/hers walk-in closets."
A walk-out basement then adds approximately 2,400 sq. ft. of fully finished space, taking the home’s total square footage to more than 4,900 sq. ft.
"It’s a bright, open-concept area that features a nine-foot ceiling, rec room with open media area, wet bar, exercise room, storage room (with laundry hook-up) and stairway that leads up to the garage," she says. "There are also two bedrooms and two bathrooms."
Turns out, the bedroom facing the lake is essentially a lower-level master suite.
"It has its own ensuite, a big walk-in closet and lake view, while the other bedroom also has access to a full bathroom. The storage room could be turned into a kitchen/utility area if a big family wanted to share the home."
She adds that the home is also situated in a prime location.
"You’re walking distance to Bridgwater Town Centre (with a gas station, Save-On-Foods grocery store and future RBC location) which is a huge feature. It’s in a quiet area where construction is nearly at an end and is a home that offers a wonderful balance of style and function.
"The home is still open for viewing after the Spring Parade of Homes, so we invite people to come by and have a look."
Builder: KDR Homes
Address: 20 Clear Spring Road, Bridgwater Lakes
Style: Bungalow with walk-out basement
Size: 2,532 sq. ft.
Price: $1,350,000 (Including lot, GST, appliances, window coverings)
Contact: Josie Garofoli, Zappia Group Realty, 204-999-6615