As important as function is to families, style is equally important.
Nowhere is the balance between those design elements more important than in a home’s great room, the area of the home where families typically spend most of their time.
That being the case, it’s vital that the area be as attractive as it is livable. After all, no one wants to spend time in a featureless box, as functional as it might be.
Alan Reiss of RE/MAX Professionals says the great room in 30 Brookfield Cres. hits all the right notes.
"It’s one of the nicest great rooms I’ve seen in quite some time," he says. "You can see that a lot of thought was put into its design. It’s bright, spacious and has a bit of drama to it. At the same time, it’s very functional."
In this instance, it could be said that the great room’s high livability quotient is derived from style elements that were subtly woven into its overall design.
A good example of the area’s stylish yet functional design is the voluminous space to the left that starts off the great room, says Reiss.
"The family room is just a beautiful space with its 18-foot ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows and gorgeous, white-trimmed entertainment unit with tiled gas fireplace. It feels good walking into all that light and space."
Then comes another design feature that adds character to the great room: a pillared entrance with subtly curved top jamb that stylishly divides the kitchen/dining area from the fantastic family room.
"Many homes come standard with a partial wall and wide entrance which is nice, but kind of bland," he notes. "The arched and pillared entrance really adds a nice touch of style to the great room. It frames the kitchen/dining area from the great room, and frames the fireplace when you look back into the family room."
Turns out, the height of the top jamb is perfect, as it doesn’t obscure the two huge windows that were placed on either side of a garden door on the rear wall of the kitchen/dining area.
"All that glass makes for one of the brightest, most inviting kitchen/dining areas you’ll find anywhere. It’s absolutely flooded with natural light, which makes it a great area to prepare meals and eat in. There’s also lots of space, so its easy to move around between the dining area and kitchen. The island is just the perfect size — functional, but it doesn’t get in the way."
Meanwhile, the area’s natural brightness is tempered by a taupe/brown vinyl floor, espresso oak cabinets, taupe laminate countertops, brown pull down blinds and light taupe walls.
Stainless appliances add an extra dash of modern style, while a corner pantry and mud/laundry room on the kitchen’s rear wall add function.
"I love the placement of the mud/laundry room," Reiss says. "You can bring groceries directly into the kitchen from the garage, and you have a convenient main floor laundry."
Head upstairs via the wide, smartly angled upper-level staircase, and you find a bright — and very family-friendly — second level.
"The view down into the family room is spectacular, and the light from the four windows floods the second floor," he says. "Both secondary bedrooms are huge. They were placed to the right of a wide, angled wall, while the master suite was placed to the left of the wall in its own private area."
Reiss says the master suite is the total package.
"It’s all about space, light and luxury. The bedroom is huge, and a big window on its rear wall lets in tons of natural light and beautiful views of the open field behind the home. The ensuite is a wonderful space with soaker tub, four-foot shower and a huge walk-in closet."
Finally, there’s the lower level, which is primed and ready for development.
"Because it’s unfinished, you can develop it exactly to your needs and tastes — there’s plenty of room for a rec room, fourth bedroom and bathroom. With all its function, style, a location close to parks and trails and huge west-facing backyard, this like-new home has much to offer a young, active family."
Year Built: 2016
Size: 2,025 sq. ft.
Contact: Alan Reiss, RE/MAX Professionals, 204-477-0500