A Good Fit
November 18, 2020
Savvy use of space by builder Arbutus Properties lowers costs for home buyers in the Meadows area
Arbutus Properties is continuing to build out the Meadows, its popular master-planned community located in the southeast sector of Rosewood.
When designing an constructing homes in the neighbourhood, the certified professional home builder and land developer reads the needs of home buyers in Saskatoon. Its analysis of the market has resulted in the addition of a new home design to its collection of single-family homes. The Burke is a 1,467-square-foot Craftsman-style home located at 2023 Stilling Lane.
The Burke includes many of the features and amenities of Arbutus’ popular Clarke model, in a smaller, more affordable footprint. The Burke has an almost identical layout to the Clarke, but is 200 square feet smaller. With three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a bonus space, the Burke sill has plenty of stylish living space with a price tag of $434,900.
“The Burke is a smaller version of what we’ve been doing with the Clarke. We wanted to get into a lower price point and bring some versatility to the market,” says Jody Minakakis, sales manager with Arbutus Properties in Saskatoon. “By changing some things around, making some areas a little bit smaller without losing any functional space, we were able to bring that price point down a bit, so people have more offerings.”
The open-concept main floor feels spacious and inviting, thanks to a nine-foot ceiling and the abundance of natural light that streams in through triple-pane windows.
“The Burke has oversized windows, which is a theme for all Arbutus hommes. We feel its important to maximize the amount of natural light that comes into each of our homes,” Minakakis says.
the front entry is generously sized, connecting to a convenient mud room area, which also provides access to the attached double garage.
Savvy use of space is especially evident in the galley-style kitchen. Instead of the usual free-standing island, Arbutus opted for a space-saving peninsula.
“We wanted to give people as much gathering space as possible. By opting for a peninsula island, we created more open space for the living room,” Minakakis says.
Arbutus designer Jen Lapsiuk chose a Scandinavian design theme for the Burke, which is especially apparent in the kitchen.
“Jen came up with more of a traditional, simplistic look for this home,” Minakakis says.
The kitchen features classic white Shaker-style cabinetry accented with black matte hardware and drop lighting. The elegant white quartz counters replicate the look of Italian Carrara marble. White oak wide-plank laminate flooring adds warmth to the crisp white colour palette.
“There’s a lot of definition within the open-plan main floor, with the addition of a dining nook and a living room that’s large enough to accommodate a variety of furniture styles. We played around with a few different furniture models during the design stage,” Minakakis says.
A second living area is located at the top of the stairs on the second floor. The bonus space has been stages as a kids’ play area, but would also make an ideal family room or home office.