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Understated elegance

Homebuilder effortlessly incorporates style and grace while avoiding 'trying too hard'

Photos by Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press

Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press

The main level’s open-concept floor plan is soaked in natural light in part by the floor-to-ceiling windows in the family room (above).

Earthy palettes continue into the bathroom.

Todd LEWYS / Winnipeg Free Press

Maric Homes’ Sage Creek show home incorporates the natural beauty of the neighbourhood through its use of fir beams, Tyndall limestone and earthy tones.

Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press

The main level’s open-concept floor plan including the kitchen and dining area (above) is soaked in natural light.

Wow factor is something every builder strives to incorporate into their show homes.

That’s understandable, as they want to entice consumers to purchase a new home.

However, should a builder try too hard to impress, that wow factor can seem forced. Ideally, it should be woven into a home’s design in such a way that it feels unequivocally natural.

The Maric Homes show home at 44 West Plains Dr. in Sage Creek falls into the latter category, says Steven Crampton, new homes sales consultant for the 2,167 sq. ft., two-storey design.

"Sometimes, I think builders try too hard to create wow factor," he says. "Even though this is a show home and we want to show what we can do with its styling and floor plan, this home isn’t overbearing. It has wow factor, but it’s a natural part of the home’s design."

The home unfolds effortlessly, flowing smoothly from a wide, tiled foyer into a bright, spacious great room that exudes a serene feel.

Crampton says the relaxing feel can be attributed to the fact Maric’s designers used Sage Creek’s natural beauty as the design inspiration for the home.

"That natural beauty is mirrored by the materials used in the home — fir timber posts and beams, quarried Tyndall limestone and warm earth tones highlighted in the backdrop of the family room’s taupe/chocolate brown entertainment unit. Wide plank engineered oak hardwoods with grey/taupe highlights add to that warm feel."

At the same time, the home’s natural feel is seamlessly complemented by a modern, open-concept layout that features crisp lines, a palpable sense of volume and modern detailing.

"The great room’s design is very efficient," he says.

"An 18-foot ceiling in the family room allowed for floor-to-ceiling windows that let in tons of natural light. Yet the finishes — particularly the two-tone entertainment unit in the family room, which is actually microcement — make for a bright yet warm area."

Those warm yet modern finishes come to the fore in the kitchen, which is set opposite a spacious dining area surrounded by huge windows and patio door that leads out to a big deck.

The well-co-ordinated finishing materials are understated, elegant and warm: glossy grey and rift oak cabinets, seven-foot by three-foot island with rift oak base, off-white, matte-finished quartz countertops with black, brown and grey flecks — and the aforementioned engineered oak hardwoods.

And while the kitchen possesses plenty of panache, it’s also a very practical space.

"There’s plenty of room to move, the island seats three, and there’s a doorway on the side that leads into a huge mudroom with a powder room. A door off the rear of the garage allows you to bring groceries directly into the kitchen."

The main floor’s elegant yet efficient design carries up into the home’s upper level — an intuitively designed area that not only holds four bedrooms, but offers a breathtaking view of the great room, Crampton says.

"A catwalk bordered by tempered glass panels not only gives you that view, but it also does two other things. First, it opens up the second level to let light flow in from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the family room. Second, it provides a little jog to the right where one of the three secondary bedrooms was placed."

The catwalk then merges with a pair of hallways: one straight ahead that houses a huge laundry room and master suite — and a second hallway to the left that contains the main bath and two secondary bedrooms.

"It’s a private, relaxing space that features a three-piece ensuite with taupe tile floor with spectacular white highlights, custom glass/tile shower with rain shower head, rift oak vanity with quartz countertops and dual sinks — and a big walk-in closet with tons of built-in storage," he says.

Feedback on the home has been excellent to date, Crampton says.

"Even though it’s a show home and was designed to impress, everyone who’s viewed it has said it has a very livable feel. Granted, it’s a high-end home, but the understated design touches give it a feel that’s elegant rather than overdone. It’s a unique home that’s beautiful, yet practical."

lewys@mymts.net

Details

Builder: Maric Homes

Address: 44 West Plains Dr., Sage Creek

Style: Two-storey

Size: 2,167 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2.5

Price: $749,900 (Includes land, GST)

Contact: Steven Crampton, Re/Max Executives Realty, 204-509-3570

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