Decompress and Stretch

By Lewys, Todd | Winnipeg Free Press, August 25, 2012 | Go to article overview

Decompress and Stretch


Lewys, Todd, Winnipeg Free Press


Spacious La Salle home an inviting rural retreat

Admit it or not, the entrance of a home -- in particular a new-home design -- sets the tone for the rest of the house.

That's certainly the case with 54 Medinah Drive, one of Gino's Homes' newest show homes, a 1,980-square-foot raised bungalow in the countrified community of Kingswood South in La Salle, Man.

The moment you set foot in the home, a trio of design factors combine to bring your blood pressure reading down a notch or three if it's been elevated by a day of stressful events.

After all, it isn't often you're greeted by a ribbon-style, two-sided gas fireplace set in a floor-to-ceiling, tri-colour slate surround, rustic-looking hardwood floors and a high tray ceiling over a black-marble entrance.

"It really is a beautiful way to start off a home," said Gino's Homes' sales representative, Sutton Group-Kilkenny Real Estate's Candice Bakx-Friesen.

"Not only is the foyer quite wide, the tray ceiling above is 11 feet high. That makes the foyer feel even bigger than it is. The fireplace surround (black, copper and taupe-tinted slate) and antique Paloma oak hardwoods give you a warm, rustic feel that extends from the foyer through the rest of the home."

After a quick look around, it becomes abundantly apparent that Gino's design team took the time to match the home's interior to the setting outside.

By going with the light-coloured oak hardwoods instead of dark maple hardwoods, they fit in with the rural setting. They're not natural oak, but have a more weathered look that evokes visions of aged driftwood, only with a more textured look. At the same time, they're dark enough to add warmth, but light enough so as not too soak up too much natural light.

Meanwhile, large windows on virtually every wall maximize views of the surrounding countryside, effectively bringing the outdoors inside to create a cheerful, relaxing interior ambience.

Nowhere is that ambience more evident than in the open-concept great room, which contains no fewer than 10 windows along the back wall from the kitchen into the family room.

"The family room is a big, bright space with its 10-foot ceilings, a bank of three floor-to-ceiling windows, the two-sided fireplace and the rustic hardwoods," Bakx-Friesen said.

"The kitchen features portobello maple cabinets, a corner pantry and a curved 12-foot island with a (black/taupe) granite counter. The island's U-shape really opens up the kitchen, and the island's (faux stainless) front brings out the stainless steel hood and appliances in the kitchen."

Next comes a pair of areas that are to die for -- a four-person dinette that's tucked away in a generous jog adjacent to three large windows, four transom-style windows up high and a door that leads to a covered deck. …

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