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Street-smart design is attractive and affordable

>> TWO-STOREY HOMES on laned lots in Transcona’s Devonshire Park are having a positive impact on the neighbourhood — and making a positive impression on home buyers.

The Ventura Custom Homes show home at 2 John Neufeld Cres. was built as part of a project that started out with 30 laned lots in 2018. Ventura planned the placement of its home models to create a harmonious streetscape, and now that many homeowners have completed their landscaping, that objective has been achieved.

"The curb appeal is great. You don’t have a garage door staring at you — it’s a beautiful street," says realtor Anders Frederiksen, of RE/MAX Executives Realty.

With affordability in mind, the homes are designed to fit on a 30-foot lot, but visitors to the show home are also finding that good things come in narrow packages.

"Everyone is surprised at how spacious the home is once they get inside. It feels so much larger than its 20-foot width," says Frederiksen.

Several factors and features contribute to the spacious ambience: High, nine-foot ceilings on the main floor, large windows throughout and a smart design that makes good use of every one of its 1,659 square feet.

The great room’s entertainment centre and linear electric fireplace are centred in front of the second-floor staircase and the lower-level stairwell. A few steps down, a powder room is tucked at the top of the stairs to the basement, which has roughed-in plumbing for an optional bathroom, bedroom and rec room.

The second story has three bedrooms plus a loft, with a laundry room, a family bathroom, and an en suite and walk-in closet in the principal bedroom.

The kitchen is outfitted with under-cabinet lighting and granite countertops. A large window overlooking the backyard has the sink centred in front of it, with an ideal spot for a beverage station off to the side. The kitchen itself is a bit off-centre, not visible from the front door and not open directly to the back door, it’s a niche with an island that overlooks the dining area.

"It’s a very cool space. It’s not fully open-concept, but it’s not closed off either," Frederiksen says.

Since the two-car garage is off the back lane, the entry at the back of the house is the one used most often, and it's designed to be a welcoming space, with a large window, a closet and a long built-in bench. The show home has a deck at the rear as well.

Visitors to the home can see themselves living in the space, which is a natural plus. And the model can be adapted in another space.

Frederiksen says the next phase of Ventura's laned-lot project will have about 15 lots, and while the show home is on a slightly larger corner lot now, the model will fit a 28-foot lot.

Photos courtesy of Ventura Custom Homes


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