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Craftsman-style bungalow oozes sophistication

Uncomplicated design delivers elegance and function

Photos by Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press

A clean craftsman exterior endows this raised bungalow with a simple, countrified charm.

The thoughtfully designed great room is the epitome of sophisticated simplicity.

The kitchen opens onto a solarium-like dining area with a big window and patio door.

The spacious, light-filled master suite is situated at the back of the home.

Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press

The kitchen in this Grande Pointe Meadows bungalow features a functional island, crisp white cabinets and a white subway tile backsplash.

Designing a show home is a tricky proposition for builders.

They want to show prospective home buyers how grand a home can be, but they must also be careful not to overwhelm them with too many bells and whistles.

The designers at Connection Homes opted to take a minimalistic approach with their show home at 269 Petryk Terrace in Grande Pointe Meadows, says the sales representative for the spacious raised bungalow, James Boschman of Realty Executives First Choice.

"This home was designed to have a sophisticated simplicity — no funky paint colours, no complicated spaces," he says. "The goal was to create a home that was modern and clean with a simple, functional floor plan that gives it a bright, open feel."

The home’s uncomplicated design starts in its foyer, which is separated by smart-looking (and low-maintenance) grey/taupe vinyl tile.

A double closet to the left provides a spot to store coats and footwear out of the way, while a short hallway to the right houses a roomy main floor laundry/mudroom with door that provides access to the 30-foot-wide triple attached garage.

The foyer then transitions smoothly into a naturally bright, ultra-navigable great room.

All kinds of glass — a pair of huge windows on the family room’s rear wall, plus a patio door and large window behind the dining area — allows tons of daylight to flood the great room. A nine-foot ceiling chips in, giving the area a nice, airy feel.

Meanwhile, well-placed materials absorb the light to ensure the area isn’t too bright for comfort.

"The 12-millimetre laminate plank flooring that runs through the great room is just the right shade — not too dark or light, and it has a rustic look to it," says Boschman. "A grey feature wall behind the dining area also soaks up some light while adding contrast."

A mid-sized island with grey base then ties in with the grey feature wall while offering a functional counterpoint to the wealth of country white soft-close cabinets that surround the spacious kitchen, which also comes equipped with off-white quartz countertops, a white tile backsplash and gunmetal grey appliances.

Then, there’s the family room across the way, a quietly spectacular space that encapsulates the home’s overall design theme.

"It features a simple, balanced design with a gorgeous fireplace set in a shiplap surround with an oak ledge and shelving on either side," he says. "A beautiful tray ceiling with pot lights overhead looks great and subtly defines it."

The bedroom wing also features a simple, efficient design.

Both secondary bedrooms, which were placed at the outset of the wing, are oversized with big windows and double closets. The main bath was then placed between the two bedrooms and the master suite to maximize separation.

"Located at the back of the home in its own private area, it’s a good-sized space that comes with a big picture window that lets in lots of light, a big walk-in closet and three-piece ensuite with vinyl tile floor, white vanity with quartz countertops and five-foot shower. Its white tile surround is set off nicely by black fixtures and black trim that surrounds the glass doors."

Boschman says while the show home is priced at $499,900, it could be priced significantly lower by choosing to go with basic finishes.

"There’s about $50,000 worth of upgrades in the home," he says. "If you go without upgrades like the entertainment unit, quartz countertops, the Hardie board exterior and a few other options, the home could be priced around $450,000 to make it more affordable."

At the end of the day, says Boschman, Connection Homes’ mission is simple: to build functional homes that offer exceptional value.

"We strive to provide as much value as possible with standard specifications. We’ll work with you to customize a home’s plan and finishes to your exact needs and tastes. The second phase of Grande Pointe Meadows is just getting started, and we’re excited to work with people to help them get into an affordable home in a great area that’s outside the city, yet close to city amenities."

lewys@mymts.net

Builder: Connection Homes

Address: 269 Petryk Terrace, Grande Pointe Meadows

Style: bungalow

Size: 1,488sq. ft.

Bedrooms: three

Bathrooms: two

Price: $499,900 (Includes lot, upgrades & GST)

Contact: James Boschman, Realty Executives First Choice, 204-330-0019

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