Have it all in West St. Paul: Large two-storey a hit in Spring Parade of Homes

Have it all in West St. Paul: Large two-storey a hit in Spring Parade of Homes

Winnipeg Free Press
By: Todd Lewys

One of the biggest dangers associated with larger homes is that they can feel cold and disjointed if the design isn’t spot-on.

Consequently, when Signature Homes’ design team went about designing their 2023 Spring Parade of Homes show home at 37 Prairie Sage St. in The Meadowlands in West St. Paul, they took great care in making sure the 2,204 sq. ft., two-storey home possessed an innate warmth. .

“Even though it’s a big home, it still has a cozy, homey feel to it,” says Cindi Burak, Signature’s sales and marketing liaison. “It’s a brand-new plan that features a great combination of usable space and beautiful aesthetics. When you put those two things together, you get a nice, homey feel.”

A brand new plan, the 2,204 sq. ft., two-storey Brookside is a family-friendly four-bedroom home that’s as warm as it is spacious. (Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press)

As might be expected when you step inside a 2,200-plus square foot home, there’s an immediate sense of space.

In this instance, the Brookside’s already generous foyer feels even larger due to the presence of a generously proportioned space with a seven-foot-wide doorway to its immediate left.

“It was designed to be a main floor family room but could also be used as an office or even as a dining room,” she says. “Basically, it’s a flex space that a family can use in whatever way suits them best.”

The living room’s focal point is a tiled entertainment unit with a linear electric fireplace that’s bordered by a gorgeous shiplap feature wall with built-in strip lighting. (Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press)

A pleasing sense of space established, Signature’s design team then moved on to choosing a colour palette.

Because the home had a distinct modern theme to it with off-white walls, white doors, white baseboards, and tempered glass inserts bordering the upper-level staircase, it was critical that the shade of flooring be nothing less than perfect.

“The flooring that our design team chose fit the home perfectly,” Burak says. “It’s a beautiful wide plank luxury vinyl plank flooring that has gorgeous light and dark brown highlights. It runs through the entire main floor, giving it a nice, warm feel.”

That rich, textured feel really comes to the fore in the Brookside’s main living area, where it serves as a cozy counterpoint to the modern finishes and all the natural light that pours into it through the large windows that surround it.

The kitchen/dining area features a spacious, versatile layout that makes it ideal for family life or entertaining. (Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press)

“Each space – kitchen, dining area and living room – is quite large, so it helps to tie everything together,” she notes. “The island kitchen is roomy, and comes with two pantries, a good-sized island with farmhouse sink, white cabinets with satin gold handles and quartz countertops. And the dining room is huge; it can easily accommodate a table that seats 10 to 12 guests.”

Then, there’s the living room, in which there’s no shortage of space, or style.

“It’s not a small space, and people have really liked that. As it’s set up right now, it has two sofas in it, but you could easily add a loveseat or a couple of chairs to it without a problem,” Burak says. “People have also loved the entertainment unit with its textured tile backdrop, linear electric fireplace, shiplap feature wall and built-in strip lighting.”

The spacious island kitchen is a beautifully-finished, navigable space that’s as stylish and user-friendly as kitchens come. (Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press)

Meanwhile, access to the Brookside’s upper level comes via an extra-wide staircase tucked away neatly to the right of the inviting foyer.

Thanks to the generous square footage – and a well-conceived layout – the second floor is populated by five spaces: a spacious, elegant four-piece bath – and four bedrooms.

“There are three secondary bedrooms, and each one is a really good size. There’s plenty of room for kids to grow into them as they get older. They were placed to the right of the stairs and are all close to the main bath. There’s no laundry room as it is down on the main floor.”

The spa-like ensuite is a well-appointed retreat. (Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press)

That leaves the primary bedroom, which was placed to the right of the stairs in its own naturally private spot.

“It’s a huge, isolated space that comes with not one but two walk-in closets,” she says. “The ensuite is a beautiful, spa-like space with the same luxury vinyl plank floor as downstairs, a five-foot walk-in shower with textured tile surround and soaker tub set next to a large window. A charcoal vanity with dual sinks and quartz countertop finishes it off perfectly.”

Parade-goers have also loved what the Brookside’s spacious lower level adds to the ultra-functional home, adds Burak.

“It adds another 1,000 or so square feet to the home, offering plenty of room for another bedroom or two, a rec room, bathroom and plenty of storage space. In all, the home would give a family just over 3,200 sq. ft. of livable space to enjoy.”

The spacious foyer is made to feel that much larger by a flex room to its left that can serve as either a family room, dining room or office. (Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press)

Burak says the Brookside is a top-notch design that delivers everything a large family needs and more.

“While there’s a lot of space, it’s used well, and the floor plan is clean, with not a lot of unnecessary angles. Most importantly, it feels warm and inviting, which is something that can be hard to accomplish with a larger home. I would say it’s possibly our best overall design.”



This article was pulled from Winnipeg Free Press.


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