WEST COAST HOMES & DESIGN: LAKESIDE TOWNHOMES - FINDING THE PERFECT FIT



Polygon’s show homes display custom built-ins and the originality that lift these townhouses to a higher level.

At Lakeside, a new executive townhome neighbourhood in North Delta, the living is easy yet elegant. Part of Polygon’s Sunstone development nestled between 84th Avenue and Nordel Way, Lakeside, as its name suggests, borders a small lake in Sunstone Park at the heart of the community. The grand opening for Phase 2 took place in January.

The 87 two-level townhomes, which range from 1,910 to 2,070 square feet and start at $568,000, have spacious private gardens that are maintained by the strata council. Most buyers are coming from houses so are used to having a fair amount of space but no longer want the maintenance of a single family home.

There are two show homes, both of them the largest model, an A plan corner home with the master suite on the main floor and two more bedrooms plus a flex room up. They are open and airy with a vaulted ceiling in the living-and-dining area. The kitchen includes a family room and eating nook opening onto a patio. One show home is so new it could not be viewed by press time. It displays the Compass palette, with white Shaker-style cabinets and dark grey counters in the kitchen, dark brown laminate floors and greyish oak flat-panel bathroom cabinets.

The other, taking its cue from the lakeside theme, has been decorated with a Southampton feel, says Celia Dawson, Polygon’s senior vice-president interior design. The Breeze colour scheme features light oak flat panel cabinetry in kitchen and baths, white kitchen counters and mid-brown laminate floors.

On the other hand, white Shaker-style cabinetry is used throughout for custom built-ins, which Dawson says are a strong integral part of Polygon’s displays, along with original art. “We do built-ins because it adds character to a home,” she says. “It also allows us to make the best use of storage space or possible storage space.” Because it is custom built, “we can get it exactly the right size that we feel suits the room. Sometimes it’s hard to find that exact piece of furniture, and when it’s built in, it looks a little bit more high end, like you’ve taken some time to think about it and put some effort into it.”

She tucked a storage-and-seating bench under the yoga room’s gabled ceiling. The home office has built-in cabinets around the perimeter with a desk under the window and bookcases in the closet space. “There’s lots of space to work at your computer and have your books and papers out, and then we’ve got the closed-in storage so you can hide all the stuff that’s not visually appealing,” says Dawson. Even the bedside tables in the master bedroom are built in. “Again, it just allows you to get the perfect fit and the best use of space, but they can look furniture-like as well,” says Dawson. Mirrors flanking the bed reflect the light from the windows.

Something else Dawson does with mirrors is extend them to the ceiling and the wall in bathrooms and surface mount the light bar. “It reflects more light, and it makes the space look, again, larger,” she says. This is a display item only but easy for the homeowner to replicate.

So buyers will know exactly what they get and what they don’t, items bear stickers that read: “Yes! It’s Included,” “Display Item” or “Optional Upgrade.” In the kitchen, for example, Dawson added floor-to-ceiling cabinets in an alcove in the dining area. “We used very shallow pantries because you only need six inches really for a can or even glasses, and you don’t want obviously to take away too much from the nook so as shallow as possible is quite nice. But then using the same material as the kitchen to extend it just makes the space look 10 times the size.”

Source: West Coast Homes & Design

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