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Photos courtesy of Foxridge Homes
Foxridge Homes - 13 Stone Hearth Lane - Oak Bluff West
Photos courtesy of Foxridge Homes
Photos courtesy of Foxridge Homes
Photos courtesy of Foxridge Homes
Photos courtesy of Foxridge Homes
Photos courtesy of Foxridge Homes
Photos courtesy of Foxridge Homes

FROM ITS CHARMING front porch to its covered back deck, Foxridge Homes’ bungalow at 13 Stone Hearth Lane in Oak Bluff West is a knockout — in the looks department and on the liveability scale, too.

Interior designer Tara MacTavish says the drafting team led by Foxridge building designer Jennifer Vermette put a lot of thought into how the future owners would live in the house, and their attention to detail shows at every turn.

"With the (COVID-19 pandemic) changing how and where we work, it has become important to have plans that incorporate space for a home office and an area for children to do homework or classes from home," MacTavish says.

"They also took into account busy families with pets. The side entrance is a great idea for allowing your pet out instead of through the dining room, where there is hardwood."

Two bedrooms and a family bathroom share a small wing at the front of the home, directly off the foyer but completely separated from the potentially noisy garage entry on the opposite side of the house. They’re also tucked out of the way of the great room and primary bedroom, which is at the rear of the home.

The smaller bedroom has a window nook that’s ideal for a homework desk.

And there’s an inviting little home office between the kitchen and the front door. A winning blend of rustic charm and modern convenience, it has a window looking into the foyer, a shiplap feature wall with gooseneck lamps, built-in corner desk and wired connections for phone, printer and computer hookups. Two walls are open a foot or so below the ceiling, which gives it an airy ambience, and makes it just right for working at home — secluded, but not isolated.

Over by the garage, an exterior side door opens to a smaller, sunken foyer that is convenient, but separated by a short staircase from the main living area. The basement staircase is directly to the left of the door. To the right, a short hallway leads to the oversized double-garage, laundry room and a mudroom outfitted with a bench, hooks and storage baskets.

Pony walls define the dining area — a long wall divides it from the basement staircase and a short wall makes a more subtle divider on the great-room side.

In the kitchen, a family-size island separates the workspace from the entertainment area, which has a traditional brick fireplace surround topped with a wood-beam mantle and shaker-style feature wall.

Wood accents are also at play throughout the kitchen and dining area — on the tray ceiling, glass cabinets and open shelving, pony-wall caps and as decorative end pieces on the island. There’s about an acre of storage in the space, including a pretty, three-door pantry wall.

"This was my favourite home this year to decorate," MacTavish says. "I did an updated arts-and-craft feel to the home. Brick is becoming quite popular so I used that for around the fireplace. I loved the soft greys with undertones of green and that’s the inspiration for the entire colour scheme. Furniture from Pine Ridge Hollow and Faveri’s fit perfectly into this space."

The kitchen’s Caesarstone countertops, wood shelves and shaker cabinetry are repeated in the primary bedroom’s en suite vanity. White and grey with black hardware, the en suite is all about style and comfort — and a bit more privacy, thanks to its toilet room. A stand-alone tub and glass-enclosed shower complete the space, which leads to a huge walk-in closet.

At 2,076 square feet, this house has plenty of elbow room indoors, and there’s more overlooking the backyard. At about 20 feet wide and 12 feet deep, that covered deck is a beautiful, multi-functional area in its own right.

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