The pleasures of Coquitlam’s Burke Mountain are many. The well-planned community, dotted with construction of new single-family homes and townhomes, has parks, shops, services and plans for a new school.

Among the new kids on the block: Polygon Homes’ Farrington Park, a community of townhomes that are now catching the eyes of first-time homebuyers and young families.

For Celia Dawson and her Polygon colleagues, the challenge is to make these homes stand out from the crowd.

Dawson, Polygon’s senior vice-president of design, is luring visitors in with two display suites.

The main levels have wood laminate flooring, and granite or engineered stone countertops in kitchens and bathrooms. That’s another magnet that could set it apart from its neighbours: high-end finishes seen most often in homes at a higher price point, in homes starting from under $400,000.

All credit goes to Dawson’s keen eye for the esthetic details.

“We have aimed to design for a somewhat younger market, and that is reflected in our furniture styles and accessory purchases,” she says. Most of these came from contemporary furniture stores, such as Moe’s Provide, Walrus, and Mint.

In the suite she calls “Contemporary Santa Fe,” muted pumpkin appears in accents everywhere, such as the pillows lining a neutral grey sofa, in the recessed regions of modern wall unit millwork, and in touches of original art placed throughout the suite.

Dawson says she found her influences in European style. “Colour palettes today are showing bright, strong colours such as oranges, pinks, turquoise and bright greens.”

She also took her cue from clothing and textiles.

Pure white walls give the suite a spacious look and a large mirror in the formal dining room bounces back light from the modern chandelier over the dining table. In the living room, Dawson keeps it light, mixing it up with fuchsia, grey, white and that ever-present pumpkin.

The key to standing apart? Pay attention to the details, Dawson says.

“Tall ceilings, memorable, creative kids’ rooms and an open-concept plan with the kitchen in the heart of the home,” she says, are vital to attracting homebuyers, as is giving them a sense of spaciousness so they can easily imagine themselves living there.

“The furniture and millwork is designed and scaled to ensure the homes seem spacious, and not cramped or busy.”

Source: The Province