Building a sprawling bungalow on a country-sized lot likely isn’t the biggest challenge a builder will face.
Rather, the biggest task is to come up with a vision for the home — and then execute it in flawless fashion.
Jason Arlt says he and his design team thought long and hard about the design of the 1,786 sq. ft. three-bedroom, two-bath bungalow that sits on a huge lot at 7 Fetterly Way in Headingley’s Taylor Farm.
"With this home, we were trying to capture the vision of modern family living outside the city," he says. "That vision was to design a home that had a modern, open layout that was filled with well-placed rustic touches."
The great room features an open-concept layout and a well-conceived floor plan ensures the light-filled area is navigable, sufficiently segmented and inviting.
"Everything is open, yet each space is unique," says Arlt, adding that a 10-foot ceiling contributes to the open, airy feel. "We placed the family room off to the left in its own area, then set the kitchen to the right across from it. The rear wall was then bumped out to accommodate a spacious dining area with a huge window and patio door that leads out to a big backyard deck."
To ensure the area wasn’t too wide-open, a unique display unit was placed at the front of the kitchen.
"As wide-open as the great room is, we wanted to do something to break it up a bit. We came up with the display unit, which has Thunder maple sides and a mottled metallic back that’s enhanced by a clear coat finish. People have really liked it — it looks great, and hides dirty dishes in the kitchen."
Then, there’s the galley-style kitchen. Arlt notes that while an eight-foot peninsula with seating for three is normal, its thunder maple base and accompanying cabinetry is not.
"We went with darker thunder maple cabinets for a couple of reasons," he says. "First, the dark cabinets anchor the kitchen with their contrast and warmth. Second, darker cabinets are more forgiving than lighter cabinets, they don’t show wear as much."
The rest of the finishing materials including creamy quartz countertops, the mottled metallic finish façade that defines the hood fan over the range and rustic tile backsplash also sync beautifully with the rest of the great room’s decor.
"Taupe/beige patterns in the off-white tile tie wonderfully into the tile cladding on the fireplace in the family room. It really adds to the rustic feel we were looking to create."
The same could be said for the fireplace. From a distance, the family room’s focal point looks like wood. That’s not the case, says Arlt.
"It’s actually tile that beautifully mimics weathered barn wood, as soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to use it for the fireplace. It not only ties in with the kitchen backsplash, but also ties in with the brushed, engineered white oak hardwoods that run throughout the entire great room. They add warmth and texture, feel nice underfoot, and are easy to care for."
Meanwhile, the same attention to detail that went into the design of the great room was applied to the remainder of the main floor.
A wing to the right of the wide, tiled foyer (an open staircase to its left makes it feel even wider) provides access to a pair of highly functional and massive mudroom and separate laundry room.
"We definitely thought about proximity to the kitchen with the mudroom," says Arlt. "Its positioning allows you to bring groceries straight into the kitchen. We made the laundry room separate to avoid tracking dirt and mud into it."
The bedroom wing across the way is just as functional, he adds.
"There’s a four-piece bath, two big bedrooms that kids can grow into with all their stuff, and, of course, the master suite. While it’s not overly large, it’s just the right size."
And also very well-appointed, it turns out.
"The ensuite is a beautiful, luxurious space with heated tile floor, free-standing soaker tub, five-foot shower with frameless glass enclosure and tile surround and Thunder maple vanity with quartz countertop, black fixtures and dual sinks," says Arlt. "The walk-in closet off the bedroom is nice and big, and comes with lots of custom shelving."
A wide-open lower level with dricore floor then nearly doubles the home’s square footage, offering over 1,500 sq. ft. of livable space. That means a big family would have nearly 3,300 sq. ft. of total livable space to enjoy.
"I think it offers families everything they’re looking for in a home," he says. "The bright, spacious layout gives them the modern livability they demand, while the rustic touches give the home a unique character and charm. It’s a great family home in a wonderful area that has a country feel, yet is only minutes from the city."
Address: 7 Fetterly Way, Taylor Farm (Headingley)
Size: 1,786 sq. ft.
Price: $649,900 (Includes lot & GST)
Contact: Magda Dziurko-Bodnik, Century 21 Bachman & Associates, 204-793-1194 or Kyle Marriott, Century 21 Bachman & Associates, 204-998-6485