Family Home, Signature Homes, Winnipeg, MB

The Eastgate for Active Families

The Eastgate designed for large, active families

Sat Nov 26 2011, Winnipeg Free Press

By: Todd Lewys

Walking into the kitchen of 238 John Angus Dr. — a.k.a. The Eastgate — Signature Homes’ sales representative Jeff McArthur gestures toward a french door with a frosted centre.

“Take a look to see what’s behind it,” he says.

A quick look behind door Number One reveals a large room that houses a huge walk-through butler’s pantry at the front and a laundry/mudroom with garage access at the rear. A doorway off the laundry/mudroom provides quick access to a brief hallway that leads to the angled foyer.

“We’re really thrilled with how this feature turned out,” he said. “There’s all kinds of space to store your groceries — there’s even a spot for a freezer. The laundry room is only steps away, and if you’ve gone grocery shopping, you can bring them right from the garage into the kitchen. There’s also enough room for kids’ sports gear. You can store equipment bags out of the way and out of sight so you can keep things as organized as possible.”

At 2,215 square feet spread out over two storeys, the Eastgate was designed to meet the needs of large, active families. Whether you’re in the pantry/laundry/mudroom off the kitchen, family room or master suite, space is never an issue. In fact, the home feels a good deal larger than its listed square footage.

That’s a good thing, as big, energy-charged families need room to roam. Which is why the great room area — kitchen, dining area and family room — is so spacious, McArthur said.

“The space that captures your attention first is the family room. With a 17-foot ceiling, two huge windows up high and a big picture window, plus corner (ribbon-style) fireplace placed on a grey background with stainless surround with black trim and maple hardwoods, it’s a dramatic yet practical space. We purposely didn’t put in an entertainment unit because we didn’t want to take the focus away from the fireplace. We put in a smaller unit, which looks great and works fine.”

Meanwhile, the adjacent island kitchen was also designed for family life, with its seven-foot granite island and oversized dinette area (by sliding deck doors). Style is also present in a big way with elegant cappuccino (maple) cabinets, hardwood floors and granite counter tops. So too is function, as aisle widths in the kitchen are generous, there’s plenty of room to move around the six-person dinette and flow to and from the family room is effortless.

“We made the dinette area larger than normal to give families the option to use the front flex room as something other than a dining room — it could function as a sitting room, den or play room,” McArthur explained. “Not everyone wants a formal dining room these days, so we opened up that area and put in big windows to make it a big, bright and versatile space. Leaving it open also makes an already generous foyer feel that much bigger.”

Speaking of generous, The Eastgate’s upper level is exactly that. Each room — there are two secondary bedrooms, a four-piece bathroom and, of course, a master suite — is exceptionally spacious. There’s also potential to add a fourth bedroom if required.

It’s a naturally bright area due to the light emitted from the two large windows in the family room and large windows in each room.

“Both kids’ bedrooms are a good size. If you’re going to be in the home for a while, they need a room that can grow with them,” he said. “And if a family is really big, there’s an option to put in a fourth bedroom.”

As important as kids’ bedrooms are, it’s the parents who pay the freight. Consequently, Signature’s designers (justifiably) saved the best for last in the form of a cavernous and well-appointed master suite that occupies in the neighbourhood of 500 square feet.

“The idea was to provide parents with a private place where they could recharge at the end of a busy day. Basically, it’s made up of several sections. There’s a reading area (with window), main bedroom area (with huge picture window) and another possible sitting/reading area by the far wall,” McArthur said. “The ceiling was also vaulted to increase the feeling of volume.”

Of course, no master suite would be complete without a beautiful ensuite to repair to for a good soak or invigorating shower. Signature’s designers delivered on this front, as well.

“It’s a nice, roomy space with a soaker tub, four-foot shower, faux tile floor and maple vanity with dual sinks on a beautiful laminate countertop,” he said. “And the walk-in closet is also huge. There’s no danger of feeling boxed in here.”

A lower level adds another 1,000 square feet of liveable space to the home’s already generous square footage, making for a value-packed home that any large, active family would enjoy calling home.

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