Artista Homes' Frank Cotroneo said the goal is the same for every home the 10-year-old custom builder builds.
"We always try to design homes that are innovative and unique," he said. "Our design team is always bursting with ideas. If they're doable, we'll do our best to bring those ideas to life in a fashionable, functional way."
Case in point is 62 Sage Creek Crescent, a.k.a., the recent St. Boniface Mega Millions Lottery 2013 showhome, a two-storey design with walk-out basement and over 3,700 sq. ft. of total living space.
"Because this was a lottery home, we went to extra lengths to create a liveable home with unique living spaces and a modern feel," explained Cotroneo. "The design is outside the box, yet functional. Feedback on the home has been phenomenal."
Little wonder; the moment you step into the great room area -- the family room, to be precise -- the imaginative design and use of materials notifies you that this is no run-of-the-mill residence.
"One of the first things we did was put a vaulted ceiling in the family room. It's not only 14 feet high, but it (along with the rear wall) is lined with whitewashed pine. It would have been easy just to put in drywall, but we wanted to do something different," he said.
The next obvious difference is the use of concrete throughout the great room. The family room's focal point (aside from the wetland view displayed through a huge three-piece window with transoms above), a ribbon-style fireplace, is framed by a concrete surround with weathered, bolt-on iron accents. Concrete beams and pillars also define both the dining room and kitchen areas.
"You know, the concrete beams and pillars were a lot of work to put in, but were worth the effort. They not only provide definition, but a different look. There's a lot of space for everyone to enjoy, and there's also good separation between spaces -- they're defined by the concrete beams and pillars, and actual space between the areas," Cotroneo said.
Placed between the family room and kitchen, the dining area is a highly functional space due its practical, yet fashionable design.
"The actual eating area is huge, and is next to a bar with its own island on one side that's great for entertaining. On the other side is a sunroom with five windows and four skylights above; it's a great spot to sip your morning coffee looking out over the wetlands, or to enjoy a beverage with company," he said. "We lined the skylights with whitewashed pine to give the area an extra bit of warmth."
Meanwhile, the adjacent kitchen is a modern space with its linear Euro-style pull up cabinets (with glass centres), pantries on either side of the oven and microwave, 10-foot (black) granite island and wealth of counter and cabinet space (cabinets are charcoal maple).
Cotroneo added that his design team managed to sneak a traditional feature in for good measure.
"They decided it would be kind of neat to put in double sink beneath a big, low-silled window on the back wall," he said. "It works really well, as it allows you to enjoy the amazing view while you wash the dishes. There's also a (14-foot by 14-foot) deck off the kitchen that overlooks the lake, and a wing behind the kitchen that contains a laundry room, powder room and entrance to the garage."
The home's upper level features a split-level design. The first level -- set eight steps up from a landing with two adjacent huge windows that flood the stairwell with light -- features a huge flex room. Three steps up from that level awaits two bedrooms, a four-piece main bath and master suite that is the home's piece de resistance.
"We're really pleased with how the flex room turned out -- with its nine windows, vaulted ceiling and door that leads to a balcony that has a tyndalstone front for privacy, it's a space that could be used as an office or workout room," he said.
Artista's design team went to town with the master suite, which is chock-a-bloc with Wow Factor, starting with a wall of windows that afford an elevated view of the wetlands below. To the right, a concrete wall with faux finish frames the bed, while a heated grey (24-inch by 48 inch) ceramic tile floor -- it also runs through the entire great room -- adds contrast and welcome warmth underfoot.
There's plenty more Wow Factor in the ensuite, said Cotroneo.
"It's open to the master suite, with a three-sided gas fireplace to subtly divide the two spaces," he said. "It's luxuriously appointed with a free-standing soaker tub, seven foot custom tile shower with two rain shower heads, body sprays and a bench. There's also dual floating vanities (charcoal maple/black granite), each with a TV built into the mirror, too."
The home's lower level is just as bright as its main level with a walk-out design that placed three windows in the media area (which contains a gas fireplace, whitewashed pine TV niche and wet bar with island) and five windows and door to a covered patio off the games area. A big fourth bedroom, three-piece bath and storage room finish off a basement that feels like an extension of the main level due to light and amazing water view.
"I think it's a home that's unique, modern and, above all, liveable," said Cotroneo. "It's a bit different with all its different design features, but it's functional, and the view is amazing."
BUILDER: Artista Homes
ADDRESS: 62 Silver Sage Crescent, Sage Creek
SIZE: 3,700-plus sq. ft. of living space including walk-out basement
LOT SIZE: 58' x 170'
LOT COST: $204,000 (including GST)
PRICE: $989,900 (Includes land & net GST)
Contact: Jennifer Gulay, Royal LePage Alliance @ (204) 794-9464