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Bright & cheery

Huge East St. Paul bungalow offers almost 4,300 sq. ft. of living space

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As a TV ad of old once said, "you don't get a second chance to make a first impression."

While that ad referred to hair-care products, it could have applied equally to new-home designs. Simply put, the impression created the moment someone walks in the front door often determines whether someone will be drawn to truly investigate what a home has to offer, or simply take a cursory tour.

There's no danger of the latter happening at 2039 Prairie Ridge Drive, a 2,357-sq.-ft. bungalow conceived and built by 21st Century Builders, said Royal LePage Prime Real Estate's Mark Penner.

"Right from the start, this home leaves a lasting impression," he said. "A wide foyer (about eight feet in width) greets you in expansive fashion, and then segues naturally to a contemporary great room/kitchen area that is not only gorgeous, but extremely functional."

Aside from having plenty of room to doff your shoes and coat in the foyer, the first thing that strikes you is how richly finished and bright the home is. That feel comes from two sources, Penner noted.

"First of all, the builders went a different route with walnut hardwoods rather than maple or oak. It was a great choice. Not only does it look different, but the cool grain and light and dark colors in the wood provide contrast, texture and warmth. That's critically important because this is such an expansive home. Even though it's big, it feels warm. That's due in part to the flooring choice, which really warms the interior up."

The walnut hardwoods also work to absorb light that pours into the home through a host of windows that populate every space. Again, the glassification starts in the foyer, where the front door features a glass centre with sidelights on either side, plus a transom window overhead.

The family room and dining area have large picture windows on their rear walls, and there are also patio doors to the side of the dining area that allow even more light to enter.

"This is a very bright, cheery home," Penner said. "Even the secondary bedrooms have huge windows that are five feet by six feet in size, and the lower level features two huge windows as well. There's not a dark space in the home."

Nor is there a drab space, either. The beautifully finished interior starts the moment you walk into the great-room area, with a floating maple-and-granite wet bar and cultured-stone feature wall that certify the room's entertaining potential.

"A nice big hallway leads into the great room that's open, yet nicely segmented," Penner said. "The kitchen is defined by a mid-sized maple and granite island with double sink and a raised eating bar for three. Because of all the space, there's at least an eight-foot buffer between the kitchen and great room, and a six-foot buffer between the kitchen and a dining area that comfortably seats six.

"The kitchen has a wealth of cabinets and counter space, and is beautifully finished with maple cabinets, granite countertops, a tile backsplash and stainless appliances."

As impressive as the kitchen is, it's the family room that steals the show. Defined subtly from the dining area by a three-sided gas fireplace with granite top, one wall features a multi-hued slate backdrop that's complemented beautifully by a custom maple entertainment unit.

"The only way to describe the family room is gorgeous," Penner said. "The slate creates a different look that's unique and that works well with the rest of the finishes. Most importantly, it's a space that you want to spend time in, whether it's entertaining or watching TV with the family."

Speaking of family, there's no question that 2039 Prairie Ridge is a home designed expressly for seamless family living. The private bedroom wing features three bedrooms and a four-piece bath. Not surprisingly, due to the home's generous square-footage, the secondary bedrooms are huge at 14.6 feet by 13.3 feet and 10.6 feet by 10.4 feet respectively, with big windows and double closets.

"I love the fact that the bedrooms offer lots of room for kids to grow," Penner said. "That said, the (16.5 feet by 14.5 feet) master suite, which is incredible, easily tops them.

"It features a luxurious ensuite with a heated (beige/taupe) dura ceramic floor, tempered-glass/tile shower with riverrock tile detailing and rain-shower head, and an absolutely gorgeous free-standing soaker tub with huge obscured glass window above it. The ensuite is finished off by a cinnamon maple vanity with brown granite countertop and centre storage centre -- there's even a linen closet. The walk-in closet is massive, too."

Head downstairs, and you find a lower level that offers 1,934 sq. ft. of livable space that take's the home's total living area to an impressive 4,291 sq. ft..

"It's a bright, wide-open space that features a suspended wood floor, two huge windows, media and games areas, wet bar and a massive (15.7-foot by 14.6-foot) bedroom with a picture window. There's also a mechanical room, storage/flex room and a hobby room," Penner said.

"This home is a quality design that beautifully combines traditional and contemporary features within a rock-solid structure and functional layout. And I love the location. It, along with the home, is ideal for a growing family."

lewys@mts.net

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 28, 2013 A1

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