The 18th-century architect Louis Sullivan decreed that "form follows function," thinking where the utility of a building leads, its form must follow. But what if the two could walk side by side?
In the new-home business, tackling Sullivan’s decree is a necessity, since it’s beauty that catches the eye of potential buyers, yet how the home functions — how livable it may be — is typically what sells the home.
In that vein, Heather Farber, new homes sales consultant for a brand-new Foxridge Homes design at 687 Bridge Lake Dr. in Bridgwater Trails, says the two-storey, 2,736-square-foot home offers a perfect synergy of fashion and function.
"Everything about this home is luxurious, yet it’s also very practical," she says. "The design team at Foxridge came up with a well-thought-out design that does a wonderful job of blending style with utility."
Case in point is the foyer, Farber notes.
"The moment you walk in, the home has a warm, functional feel. The tiled foyer is wide and deep, making it easy to enter the home. It transitions beautifully into a spacious landing with a den/sitting room and powder room to the right and an open mud room to the left. The landing is defined above by a section of ceiling with gorgeous crown moulding."
Turns out, the luxurious landing is a prelude of what’s to come in the great room.
Bright, spacious and beautifully finished, it’s comprised of three distinct spaces: a huge island kitchen to the immediate left, massive dining area positioned to the rear of the kitchen — and a thoroughly stunning family room to the right.
As impressive as the kitchen and dining area are, it’s the family room that immediately jumps out at you.
"With its 19-foot ceiling, rear wall of floor-to-ceiling windows and cultured stone entertainment unit with TV niche and fireplace, it’s just a sensational space," Farber says. "The windows allow natural light to pour in and also provide a beautiful view of the wetlands behind the home. A gorgeous staircase with tempered glass inserts and window above adds a perfect finishing touch."
The family room’s fashion is complemented perfectly by the island kitchen, which exudes a practical charm.
"I think it offers a wonderful contrast of colours. The oversized island comes with a cappuccino-stained base that contrasts with grey/taupe soft close cabinets, off-white quartz countertops and a multicoloured tile backsplash," she says. "A light brown laminate plank floor — it runs through the entire great room — adds warmth without soaking up too much natural light."
Then there’s the spacious dining area, which is framed perfectly by two huge windows set on either side of a patio door tandem with transom window above.
"The patio doors lead out to a huge deck that’s bordered by glass inserts that don’t interfere with the wetland view. It’s a perfect spot to barbecue, visit with guests or to just sit back and relax and enjoy the view at the end of a long day."
Head upstairs via the wide staircase, and you find a light-filled second level that was designed to offer the highest possible level of function and comfort.
"Both kids’ bedrooms are both really a good size and come with big walk-in closets with windows. The main bath is larger than normal, has a deep soaker tub and was placed next to the kids’ bedrooms so they’d have their own bathroom just steps away."
Meanwhile, the master suite — which is set in its own secluded spot well away from the kids’ bedrooms — was designed to maximize privacy and relaxation.
"It’s everything you’d want in a master suite," Farber says.
"An angled double entrance with obscured glass sidelight and transom window above the door leads into a bright, airy bedroom with three big windows, huge walk-in closet and luxurious ensuite with heated wood-look tile floor, free-standing tub, six-foot tiled shower and floating vanity with double sink."
The impeccably designed home is then completed by a walk-out lower level that offers 888 sq. ft. of livable space.
"Everyone who’s been down here has just loved it. It has a nine-foot ceiling, and tons of natural light flows into it through a rear wall of windows. The rec room holds media and games area, and has a patio door that provides access to a covered patio. There’s also a bedroom/exercise room, full bath and loads of storage space."
Farber says Foxridge’s design team considered every eventuality in the design of the elegant home.
"It has everything you could possibly want and need in an executive family home: it’s warm and comfortable, and is beautiful yet practical. It’s a home that you can see yourself living in."
Builder: Foxridge Homes
Address: 687 Bridge Lake Dr., Bridgwater Trails
Size: 2,736 sq. ft.
Price: $975,000 (includes lot, appliances, upgrades, GST)
Contact: Heather Farber, New Homes Sales Consultant, 204-510-8100 or Sabie Brar, RE/Max Executives Realty, 204-990-5230