Style and Space Converge in Devonshire Park

March 1, 2023
Author: Jason Jaquet

Check out this roomy two-storey in the Spring Parade of Homes

As Featured in the Winnipeg Free Press

OVER the past few years, home builders have deliberately downsized to smaller lots to cut down on land cost and save customers money.

Naturally, there’s a downside to building on more compact lots: you don’t have as much raw space to work with.

Consequently, you can’t help but wonder how spacious a home built on a 34-foot-wide lot can feel.

The expandable dining area opens beautifully onto the fabulous island kitchen.

In the case of the Bairre – Randall Homes’ innovative 2022 Spring Parade of Homes entry at 15 Sheilagh Ball Cove in Transcona’s Devonshire Park — it can feel very spacious, says Barry Rochelle, new homes sales representative for the 1,799 square-foot, two-storey show home.

“One of the first things people question right away its square footage,” he says. “They can’t believe that it’s not even 1,800 sq. ft.. Everyone has said it feels much bigger, and that it doesn’t feel narrow at all.”

Turns out, the key to the Bairre’s spacious feel is an efficient, well-conceived floor plan that maximizes every available inch of space, starting with its foyer.

“When people walk in, the entrance gets them right away with its tall eight-foot front door, soaring ceiling and its excellent width and depth,” says Rochelle. “It gets the home off to a great start.”

The roomy kitchen features a large island and exceptional finishes.

Ascend three steps from the elegant, subtly sunken foyer, and you arrive at a compact landing area with a wing to the left and a hallway straight ahead that leads to the Bairre’s main living area.

Rochelle says the wing to the left is packed with function.
“It holds a versatile lifestyle room and four-piece bath,” he says. “The area has not only been a hit for being ideal as an in-law suite, but many people also see it as an office.”

Take the wide, five-foot hallway down to the main living area, and you emerge into a bright, free-flowing space that feels like it belongs in a 2,200-sq.-ft. home.

“The first comment I get from almost everyone is, ‘how big is this home?’” Rochelle says. “It has such a nice, open feel to it.”

Turns out, several cleverly interwoven design details factor into that bright, free feel: a pair of huge windows placed on the rear wall behind the eating area and great room, exceptional space distribution and a wonderful mix of colours and finishes.

Thanks to an efficient, well-thought-out floor plan, this 1,799 square-foot home feels much larger than its listed square footage.

“This is an extremely bright home, starting in the main living area. The windows — including a transom window on the eating area’s left-hand wall – are very well-placed. Each space — kitchen, eating area and great room is a real good size, and the finishes are gorgeous.”

Warm, medium brown laminate plank flooring meshes beautifully with a colour scheme consisting of taupe, off-white and steel blue tints.

A tasteful assortment of finishes then injects a perfect dash of style and texture into the design mix.

“Off-white quartz countertops, a steel blue island, extra-long, off-white raised cabinets and a staggered grey/blue tile backsplash give the island kitchen lots of wow factor,” he says. “And the optional entertainment unit in the great room, with its linear fireplace with barnwood-style surround and blue/grey feature wall, looks great.”

Ascend to the Bairre’s upper level via a wide, striking staircase bordered by cinnamon tinted railing with black satin spindles, and you find yourself standing on the threshold of a bright, efficiently-laid-out area.

“The first thing you notice is that natural light comes at you from every direction — from a window over the foyer, windows over the stairs, in the laundry room and from big windows in all three bedrooms,” says Rochelle. “And the layout is really efficient.”

Spacious and tastefully finished, the ensuite is a great spot to start the day in.

Set to the right of the stairs in its own private spot — the main bath, two oversized secondary bedrooms and a big, bright laundry room were placed in orderly fashion to the left — the primary bedroom is as sensational as it is solitary.

“It’s a huge space,” he says. “A large window on its back wall fills it with light, and it also comes with a big walk-in closet and a beautiful ensuite with a walk-in shower. It’s everything it should be.”

A big, bright basement with three oversized windows and eight-foot, six-inch foundation walls then adds even more function to the family-friendly Bairre.

“This is a great design that proves it’s possible to build a very stylish, livable home on a narrower lot,” says Rochelle.

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Todd Lewys