While a show home is designed to give prospective buyers a glimpse of what their custom-built home might look like — it’s all too easy for builders to bring too much luxury into a design.
When style trumps function, the consequence can be a home that’s attractive, but lacks livability.
There are no such worries with 22 East Plains Dr., says Maric Homes sales representative Steven Crampton of RE/MAX Executives Realty.
"The home features a simple but luxurious design that beautifully combines style and function," he says of the 1,715 sq. ft. bungalow. "It’s livable, yet it’s a home that you’d also be happy to show off to friends and family."
Immediately upon entering the home via a generous foyer, you’re enveloped in warmth — and function.
"Right away, the home exudes a warm, rich feel," Crampton notes. "In part, I think that feel comes from the fact that you’re walking into a home that features rich maple trim. All the trim in Maric-built homes are custom-stained on site, and provide a much warmer feel than white MDF baseboards and trim in other homes."
The home’s inherent warmth can be attributed to more than just the gorgeous maple trim. Turns out, Maric’s design team did a masterful job of picking finishes that complement the maple trim, thus increasing the home’s welcoming ambience.
"Finishes like the wide-plank engineered hardwoods — which run throughout the great room — plus taupe quartz countertops, maple cabinets and a gorgeous hexagonal backsplash in the kitchen make for a colour mix that’s very soothing," he says.
Meanwhile, the great room’s sensible design makes for an exceptionally livable area. Tucked neatly off to the left, a peninsula kitchen featuring a raised eating bar for four starts the great room off in functional style. A wide, U-shaped interior makes it a snap for two chefs to prepare gourmet meals without running into each other, while providing plenty of counter space to work with.
"If you’re hosting a family dinner, kids can eat at the raised eating bar, while the extra-wide countertop at the end of the kitchen next to the dining room can act as a serving area," Crampton says. "There’s also tons of cabinets, including a huge pantry on the wall opposite the kitchen."
The kitchen’s high level of functionality then carries on seamlessly into the great room’s other two spaces. Defined by an oversized transom window on its side wall, the dining room is a generous space that can accommodate a large table.
Then, there’s the adjacent family room, a naturally bright space that finishes the great room off in functional style. "Tons of natural light flows into it from two large windows and patio doors that not only let in more light, but also lead out to a big backyard deck," Crampton says. "The entertainment unit features a simple yet luxurious design with a cut-out wall with taupe tile background that frames the ribbon fireplace, and provides a stylish backdrop for the TV."
Set off in its own quadrant of the home, the bedroom wing is an efficiently-designed area that offers all the privacy — and convenience features — a family might desire. There’s a swank four-piece bath, laundry/mudroom and three generously-sized bedrooms.
"The bathroom was placed at the beginning of the wing to offer easy access to guests," he says. "Both secondary bedrooms are big with large windows and double closets, while the laundry/mudroom offers all kinds of function with a washer/dryer nook, sink, closet and door to the double garage."
Finally, there’s the master suite, set off in its own isolated spot. "It’s just the right size — not too big or too small. A bank of three windows on its rear wall allow morning sun allow morning sun to flow in, while the spa-inspired ensuite features an off-white/taupe tile floor, maple vanity with quartz countertop and dual sinks, a five-foot tempered glass/tile shower and custom-designed walk-in closet with built-in walnut veneer storage."
Not surprisingly, the home’s fully-finished lower level offers another 1,500-plus square feet of style and function.
"It’s an area that offers a perfect balance of function and luxury," Crampton says. "It’s an open-concept area that offers a media area, games area, exercise area and a private wing that holds two big bedrooms and a four-piece bath. It also features a structural wood floor, which makes for a warmer basement."
He adds that few homes offer such a flawless combination of luxury and livability.
"While it’s a showpiece, it’s also very livable. With a total of five bedrooms and three bathrooms, a great room that’s ideal for entertaining and a fully-finished basement, it’s a well-designed home that gives you a lot of value for your hard-earned dollar."
Builder: Maric Homes
Address: 22 East Plains Dr., Sage Creek
Size: 1,715 sq. ft.
Price: $719,900 (Including land & GST)
Contact: Steven Crampton, RE/MAX Executives Realty, 204-509-3570