While many homes are custom built, few are built specifically to meet the unique needs of a young, growing and active family.
Shona Scappaticci of Realty Executives First Choice says 105 Convent Cres. is one of those rare homes.
"This home was designed and built with a family in mind," she says of the 1,519-square-foot, four-bedroom bungalow, which is situated mid-block on a quiet crescent in beautiful Lorette. "The layout of this home is one of the most family-friendly I’ve seen."
Turns out, there are several unique components to the bungalow’s design: an open yet subtly segmented great room, an unobtrusive yet functional lower-level staircase and an ultra-private bedroom wing that holds three bedrooms and a spacious main bath — with a handy main-floor mud/laundry room just steps away.
First, there’s the great room; a highly functional space that parents will appreciate for its versatility.
That versatility is derived from a functional layout that’s divided into three distinct yet accessible spaces: a spacious living room with huge picture window that lets in loads of light all day long; a roomy island kitchen; and a dining area next to the kitchen that can hold a table for six to 12 or more.
"The maple kitchen, which is defined by an island that seats three, opens easily on to the dining and living rooms. That makes entertaining or watching the kids play in the living room a breeze," Scappaticci says. "A patio door behind the dining room leads out to a huge covered deck and a big backyard with pirate-ship play structure that kids will love to play in and on."
She adds that while the great room is a bright, open space, it’s not lacking in warmth.
"I love the warm decor — natural bamboo hardwoods that extend through the whole main floor, the espresso maple cabinets, brown countertops and contemporary taupe/white colour scheme. The moment you enter the home, you’re enveloped in light and warmth."
The home’s intelligent layout also ensures that function — something that active young families demand of a home — is never lacking.
Case in point is the second component of the home’s design, its well-placed lower-level staircase. Not only was it placed discreetly next to the bedroom wing, but its central placement also adds function to the basement.
"First of all, it’s extra wide, which makes going downstairs and back upstairs a snap," Scappaticci says. "And because it’s in the middle of the basement, it opened up extra space."
And space there is, some 1,200-plus sq. ft. of it.
"Steel beam construction combined with the staircase’s placement to create a massive, open space that holds a rec room, media and games areas, a fourth bedroom, den, hobby room and three-piece bath. As basements go, it has everything that a family could want."
The same could be said of the bedroom wing, which houses two oversized secondary bedrooms, and a magnificent master suite.
"Set off the end of the hall well away from the kids’ bedrooms, the master suite offers plenty of space for a bed, furniture and reading chair," she says. "There’s also a four-piece ensuite with maple vanity and a soaker tub with shower, plus a large walk-in closet that offers plenty of storage space for wardrobes."
Last but not least, there’s the home’s countrified yet convenient location.
"It’s on a quiet street that’s close to schools, a great community club and the Seine River," Scappaticci adds. "You’re also close to shopping and other services in town, and are only 25 minutes from a host of amenities in Steinbach and just 15 minutes from the Winnipeg Mint."
In short, she concludes, it’s a skilfully designed, masterfully built home that meets the needs of a young, growing family to a tee.
Location: 105 Convent Cres., Lorette
Year built: 2010
Size: 1,519 sq. ft.
Contact: Shona Scappaticci, Realty Executives First Choice,