Designing a home to fit a country setting can a tricky proposition.
On the one hand, the home needs to reflect its countrified surroundings. At the same time, it must offer the modern conveniences everyone from active families to empty nesters demands.
With those things in mind, Kensington Homes came up with its latest show home in Grande Pointe Meadows, a 1,684-square-foot, three-bedroom bungalow that sits on an oversized lot at 448 Maconnell Lane.
"We took one of our most popular plans and gave it a country-modern feel," says Chanel Lansard, new homes sales consultant for the sprawling home. "It starts off with a rustic exterior that features a peaked front entrance with weathered wood pillar and trim, lots of cultured stone, garage doors with a woodgrain look and dark trim."
That choice of finishing materials was on-point, as the home possesses a serene, lodge-like look — when combined with the wide-open spaces that surround it — immediately takes your stress level down a much-needed notch or two.
In short, you feel like you’ve arrived at your very own rustic refuge.
Step inside, and that feeling increases thanks to a thoughtful design that provides a warm, cottage-like feel while providing the modern function that’s so essential for everyday living.
Turns out, that inviting cottage-like feel comes from a colour scheme that differs markedly from most of today’s modern-themed home designs.
"Darker, richer shades were used to create a nice, cosy interior feel," notes Lansard. "The first thing you notice is the laminate plank flooring, which features a warm, textured barnwood look. It really sets the tone for the home."
An artfully-angled wall to the right of the foyer then allows for seamless flow into the great room.
Featuring a modified cloverleaf design with the kitchen set to the right, dining room to the left and family room to the rear, it’s equal parts country and modern.
"I like how the main living area is open concept, yet each space is well-defined. The dining room is to the left in its own area, defined above by a tray ceiling and blue-grey walls. It also has a patio door that leads out to a 10-foot by 17-foot covered deck."
Meanwhile, the island kitchen, it’s just steps away opposite the dining room, which can easily hold a table for 10, is an ergonomic and visual delight.
"First of all, it’s a very functional space with an eight-foot island that seats three and lots of cabinet and counter space," she says. "Black trim around the cabinets at either end of the island really highlights the rift oak finish, while a black herringbone tile backsplash, light taupe quartz countertops and stainless appliances go perfectly with the cabinets and flooring."
The great room is then finished off perfectly by a bright family room that possesses a distinct modern country ambience.
"A pair of huge windows let in lots of natural light, and it’s defined by another beautiful tray ceiling. Its focal point is a gorgeous, floor-to-ceiling cultured entertainment unit with electric ribbon fireplace down low and built-in niche for a big screen TV above."
Finally, a split layout, the four-piece main bath and two secondary bedrooms were placed to the left of the foyer in a semi-enclosed wing, while the master suite was tucked away behind the family room on the opposite side of the home — provides the separation that both families and empty-nest couples are looking for in a home.
Lansard says the master suite couldn’t be better positioned.
"It’s located well away from the other two bedrooms for extra privacy. That would work well for a family, or for empty-nesters who might want to use one bedroom as a guest room and the other as on office. And because it’s so private, it’s a wonderful retreat."
Indeed, it’s a thoughtfully-designed space that has all the elements required, space, natural light and amenities, to recharge at the end of a long, challenging day.
"Two large windows on either side of the bed allow plenty of light to come inside while maintaining privacy," she says. "The warm flooring and calming earth tone colour give it a relaxing feel, and everyone who’s been through the home has loved the ensuite with its size, luxury and its big, built-in walk-in closet."
Everyone has also loved the home’s location, says Lansard.
"It gives you a country feel, yet you’re just five minutes from the city. With its country-modern feel, three-car garage and sense of space inside and out, this home is perfect for a family or empty nesters. It’s a beautifully-designed home in a wonderful community that offers country living just outside the city."
Builder: Kensington Homes
Address: 448 Maconnell Lane, Grande Pointe Meadows
Size: 1,684 sq. ft.
Price: $600,000 (Includes lot, upgrades, appliances & GST)
Contact: Chanel Lansard, New Homes Sales Consultant, 204-294-8014