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Lakeside Bonavista home is both upscale and sensibly designed

Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press

The kitchen has an eight-foot island with eating nook for three.

Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press

The master bedroom has a giant window that overlooks the lake, providing the feeling of being out at the cottage.

Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press

A glass-lined staircase separates the kitchen/dining area from the family room.

Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press

The home at 50 Bonaventure Dr. W. in Bonavista looks stylish and elegant, but still remains functional for families.

When it comes to homebuilding, experience counts.

When Warkentin Custom Homes was presented with a prime walk-out lot at 50 Bonaventure Dr. W. in Bonavista, it knew the lakeside lot was the perfect spot for an upscale, yet sensibly designed, family home.

"Because Warkentin Custom Homes is a second-generation homebuilder, they know what families need," says Kerry Enns of Royal LePage Prime Real Estate, who’s marketing the 2,023 square-foot home with his wife, Lori. "While this home has a lot of luxurious touches, it’s also a very practical family home."

The first thing that strikes you about the home is how clean and efficient its design is.

That smart yet stylish design kicks in the moment you set foot in the home’s foyer. A two-sided fireplace with cultured stone cladding adds style while simultaneously separating the front entry from the great room.

A hallway to the left of the foyer, meanwhile, not only holds a powder room and huge mud/laundry room, but also has a doorway that provides direct entry into the kitchen. Right from the get-go, the floor plan endows the home with a unique, ultra-livable feel.

"As a custom builder, we’ve never built the same home twice," Enns says. "As is always the case with our homes, there are no distractions. Style never takes away from a home’s function."

That said, plenty of style was built into all that function. Fittingly, the great room is where style and function merge in subtle yet spectacular fashion.

A centre staircase bordered by stainless railing with tempered-glass inserts stylishly separates the kitchen/dining area from the family room, while a rear wall loaded with glass allows natural light to flow freely into both the kitchen/dining area and family room.

"People love entering to the double-sided fireplace, and then coming into a great room that offers exceptional volume, great wetland views and all kinds of natural light," he says. "The stairs provide segmentation, yet the glass panels that border them maintain a feeling of openness."

While the family room — with its soaring ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows, wetland view and simple yet elegant entertainment unit — scores all kinds of style points, the kitchen/dining area is just as alluring.

First, there’s the dining area. With all its space and a huge window that perfectly frames the wetlands behind the home, it’s ideal for family meals or entertaining.

Then, there’s the kitchen itself, which offers a perfect synergy of function and fashion.

"It features an eight-foot island with eating nook for three, off-white quartz countertops and a light taupe backsplash with white glossy acrylic cabinets set up high. The island’s dark cross-cut oak base and the same dark cross-cut oak cabinets set down low contrast with the light cabinets, while satin oak hardwoods warm up the kitchen and rest of the great room," Enns says.

He adds that a pair of subtle design features were woven into the kitchen to add an extra dash of utility.

"A corner pantry adds extra storage space, while a workstation with built-in, drawer-style microwave — it’s a feature we’ve included in our kitchens for years — is really convenient and makes it easy to heat up and mix food."

Take the glass-lined staircase upstairs and you find a wonderfully compartmentalized and highly livable second floor. In this instance, the bedroom wing is preceded by a perfectly positioned loft.

"Thanks to the glass panels, you can sit here in the morning with a cup of coffee and watch the ducks out on the water through the huge windows in the family room," Enns says. "There’s also a laundry room with window on the side wall that can be closed off by a barn-style door."

A seven-foot-long hallway to the left of the sitting room then leads to a bedroom wing that features a layout that’s exceedingly family-friendly.

The hallway leading into the wing essentially divides the wing in half; the two kids’ bedrooms and main bath are set off to the left, while the master suite is at the opposite end of the hallway way over on the other side.

"It’s off by itself with a giant window that gives you a spectacular lake view, so much so that you feel like you’re out at the cottage," he says. "The ensuite features a clean, modern design with custom glass/tile shower, his/her sinks with dark cross-cut oak vanities separated by a makeup table, a vinyl tile floor and large walk-in closet at the end."

Finally, the home is finished off by the walk-out lower level, which offers a media area, games area, fourth bedroom with walk-in closet, four-piece bath, tons of natural light and, of course, an awesome ground-level view of the gorgeous wetlands.

"It also comes with a structural wood floor that makes not only for a warmer lower level, but greater comfort underfoot," Enns says. "This home features a great floor plan and quality materials throughout. It’s a family-friendly home that’s unique, luxurious and very practical."

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The details

Builder: Warkentin Custom Homes

Address: 50 Bonaventure Dr. W., Bonavista

Style: two-storey with walk-out lower level

Size: 2,023 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: four

Bathrooms: four

Price: $799,900

Contact: Kerry or Lori Enns, Royal LePage Prime Real Estate, 204-770-6893

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