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Anyone who has ever tried cooking dinner with a friend or family member understands the importance of kitchen design and space.
In the wrong space, people involved bump elbows and a fun experience preparing a meal quickly turns frustrating.
In the Valencia by Shane Homes, team work in the kitchen is embraced. This is a 1,720-square-foot laned model now displayed as a show home in the award-winning south Calgary community of Legacy.
The kitchen is L-shaped, boasting generous stretches of counter space. Supplementing this strength is a well-sized island. Between them, two or more people can spread out the ingredients with which they are working without interfering with anyone else.
Furthermore, the island contains an eating bar that seats at least three people.
There is a considerate amount of space between the appliances, particularly the gap between the oven and fridge. This also helps avoid the potential for cramped spaces in the kitchen.
A sink in the kitchen is positioned beneath a large rear-facing kitchen, offering a view of the backyard while washing and drying dishes.
In addition to valuable selection of cabinets, storage in the kitchen is well-covered through a walk-in pantry. This feature limits clutter and assists with keeping organized.
The kitchen is part of an open-concept main level that includes a central dining area and front-facing great room. In addition to these gathering spaces, the front exterior features a space to sit and connect. There is a neighbourly full-width front veranda, setting up an ideal spot for coffee on warm weekend mornings.
The great room reaches 11 feet 10 inches in one section and 12 feet 10 inches in another by 17 feet. Elevating the visual interest of this space is a stylish elongated fireplace surrounded by full-height tile.
For the dining area, the space is such that a larger table can be used in the space short-term, for larger gatherings such as holiday celebrations. A table with an extension leaf is an option here, as well.
On the second floor, the central bonus room creates a buffer between the master and secondary bedrooms. In the master, there’s a walk-in closet and ensuite accessed off the same wall.
In the ensuite, there is a shower with a glass door and vanity with two sinks. The secondary bedrooms are similar in size, reducing the chance of children arguing over who gets the larger bedroom.
The show home demonstrates a potential use for a boxed out space across from the bonus room with a small desk and chair. It is easy to imagine the children of the family using this to polish off homework.
The developed basement is a sports fan’s delight. In the show home, this area is staged with several pieces of Calgary Flames-themed decor, including framed jerseys from Miikka Kiprusoff, Jarome Iginla and Lanny McDonald in the rec area, and a logo featured prominently on one of the walls.
It also demonstrates space to support a large air hockey table. This can be used during intermissions, while watching a game on TV. This space also features a walk-up bar with a sink, handy for refills on refreshments.
Elsewhere in the basement is a spacious bedroom next to a full bathroom.
HOME: The Valencia is a laned three-bedroom single-family home measuring 1,720 square feet.
BUILDER: Shane Homes.
AREA: Legacy is a master-planned community in south Calgary.
DEVELOPER: WestCreek Developments.
HOURS: Monday to Thursday 2 to 8 p.m., and noon to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
DIRECTIONS: The show home is located at 542 Legacy Circle S.E. To get there, take Macleod Trail to 210th Avenue S.E., and turn right on Legacy Circle.