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The moment you walk in to the master suite at 32 Casselman Cres., you notice something is different.

The design team at Paradigm Custom Homes chose to take a new angle on the bedroom's design.


BUILDER: Paradigm Custom Homes

ADDRESS: 32 Casselman Cres., Oak Bluff West

STYLE: Bungalow

SIZE: 2,181 sq. ft.

BEDROOMS: 4, plus exercise room


LOT SIZE: 97' x 150'

LOT PRICE: $148,900

PRICE: $887,485 (Including lot & home; appliance package, driveway & landscaping included in price)

CONTACT: Jeff Baertsoen, Paradigm Custom Homes @ (204) 736-4686

"We wanted to do something different, so we put the bedroom on a 45-degree angle," explained Paradigm's Jeff Baertsoen.

"The angle gives you a nice view of the deck and backyard (and) when you are out back enjoying the deck, you have a good degree of privacy. You're not looking directly at the home across from you, and they're not looking back at you," he said.

The deck Baertsoen mentions is accessed via patio doors on the angled back wall, which has also been outfitted with two large windows.

The result of that design is access to the deck off the master suite and all kinds of natural light in addition to a virtually unobstructed view of the private backyard.

"Our goal was to make the master suite not only different, but as relaxing as possible," he added.

"To add to the different design flavour, we put barn doors on the walk-in closet. With the ensuite, we created a spa-like space that has lots of room to move. It has a seven-foot shower (tempered-glass enclosure with tan/taupe striated tile), a marble floor and split dual vanity with black granite countertop and a rift oak vanity that offers tons of storage."

The master suite is a mini version of the great room, which was likewise set on a 45-degree angle.

It's rear wall has been filled with glass in the form of patio doors and a three-piece picture window next to the dining area, another huge picture window on the family room's rear wall, plus a large window over the kitchen sink.

"Because the home is built on a wide lot (97 feet wide), it allowed us to do a number of things. I think the biggest thing the width allowed us to do was sprawl the bungalow out. The result is a huge great room and a long rear wall. All the glass maximizes the view out back, and lets in tons of light," said Baertsoen.

"As the landscaping matures, the views out back from the master suite and great room are going to be awesome."

Not only does the great room's angled design create a different look, it also lends itself to creating well-defined spaces. A trio of design features defines the family room: a tray ceiling with a dark-stained pine centre, a rain glass wall inserted into a planter-style unit filled with grey and white glass tile and a bannister (with rain glass insert) that demarcates the lower level stairwell next to the rear wall.

Meanwhile, the island with seating for three and five-foot aisles on either side define the kitchen, while the dinette occupies an angled area next to the patio doors, a picture window and built-in hutch.

Baertsoen said the goal was to make the area as functional and fashionable as possible.

"It really lends itself well to entertaining," he said. "Little things like making the island just the right size and wide aisles make it easy to move around, while the finishes: espresso white rift oak cabinets, granite (brown/black) countertops, grey glass tile backsplash and solid sawn, distressed (engineered) oak hardwoods make for a nice, warm interior feel.

Little touches, such as a pantry with roll-out drawers next to a mudroom off the garage (the area also houses a laundry room), make it easy to bring groceries in to unload."

Then, two features ramp up the great room's functionality and wow factor.

"If you notice, there are no outlets on the backsplash walls. We mounted them above under the cabinets for a nice, clean look," added Baertsoen.

"And the rift oak entertainment unit with cultured-stone surround and 54-inch ribbon-style fireplace add a touch of panache that nicely complements the hardwoods and tray ceiling in the family room."

Although 32 Casselman doesn't feature a walk-out lower level, Paradigm's design team came up with a way to give it a bright, walk-out feel: They placed the lower level stairwell next to the three-piece picture window on the family room's rear wall.

"We positioned the stairs by the window to allow as much light as possible to filter down into the basement. It's an area with a lot of living space (1,650 sq. ft. of liveble space, to be exact) that was designed for recreation, entertainment and liveability."

A collection of huge windows injects loads of sunlight into the rec room, while as a ribbon fireplace set in cultured stone next to a dark rift oak entertainment unit carry the main level's panache downstairs.

A games area, media area and wet bar make the rec room a great spot to entertain, while a massive fourth bedroom and three-piece bath make it an ideal place for a privacy-starved teen (or guest) to hang out in style.

"We're really happy with how the home turned out," said Baertsoen. "The floor plan functions well on both levels, the finishes look incredible and there's all kinds of space (3,800 sq. ft.). You can't ask for much more than that."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 5, 2013 F7

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