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While there are many advantages to an open-concept floor plan, in some cases it can feel like one large room. When a home design defines these rooms, it makes them feel significant and more inviting.
One way this can be achieved is through recessed living areas. This treatment is most commonly applied in the great room, adding the appeal of ceiling volume and an increased degree of cosiness.
This can be found in a laned single-family model called the Creston by Excel Homes. Reaching 1,780 square feet, it’s displayed as a show home in the northeast Calgary community of Savanna in Saddle Ridge.
Its front-facing great room is down four steps from the balance of the main floor. While it maintains the benefits of being part of an open-concept design, there’s a visual spotlight on this welcoming gathering space.
The great room boasts an elongated fireplace surrounded in full-height tile. It pulls in natural light from a front-facing window, glass around the front door, and a large window on a side wall in the adjacent foyer.
Continuing the theme of defining spaces, there is visual separation between the dining area and kitchen. A bulkhead and stubwall make both rooms feel distinct.
Anyone who has felt they did not have enough space to comfortably spread out ingredients while preparing a meal will appreciate this kitchen. The L-shaped cooking space has generous stretches of counter space and a large island to boot.
Someone can be prepping the salad, while others can be on the potatoes and protein, respectively, without crossing paths.
Helping support this, the kitchen’s stainless steel appliances, including a chimney-style hoodfan, are thoughtfully dispersed.
The island sits beneath stylish pendant lighting and includes an eating bar that seats at least four people. This is an ideal spot for children of the family to work on homework while their parents prepare dinner.
The sink is beneath a large window that overlooks the backyard.
A substantial walk-in pantry creates balance, taking pressure off the abundant supply of cabinets.
On the second story, a central bonus room creates two sections. The master bedroom and laundry room are at the back of the level, and two secondary bedrooms with a full bathroom are up front.
This bonus room is positioned directly across from a well-sized window over stairs to the main floor.
The larger of the secondary bedrooms, which stand side-by-side, is nine feet three inches by 10 feet eight inches.
In the master, there is an ensuite accessed off one wall and a walk-in closet off another. The ensuite features a shower with a black frame glass door, and a vanity with two sinks beneath a full-width mirror.
There is a thoughtful amount of space between the sinks, creating an environment for two people to get ready together at the same time without feeling cramped.
The show home demonstrates a legal suite. The developed basement looks much like an apartment, with a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, laundry area and rec area.
This is an ideal setup for people who are interested in having a rental tenant to help offset their mortgage payments. There is also a side entrance, providing direct access to stairs to the basement. This helps the tenant avoid walking through the main level to get to their area of the home.
HOME: The Creston is a three-bedroom 1,780-square-foot laned single-family home.
BUILDER: Excel Homes.
COMMUNITY: Savanna in Saddle Ridge is in northeast Calgary.
DEVELOPER: Genstar Development Co.
HOURS: The show home is open 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
DIRECTIONS: The show home is located at 557 Savanna Drive N.E. To get there, take Metis Trail to 80th Avenue N.E., then take 60th Street and turn left on Savanna Drive.