Imagining the Ideal Living Space

Arbutus Properties’ Meadows show home tells a story

Jeannie Armstrong|Star Phoenix

When Arbutus Properties designs and stages a show home, they do so with a make-believe family in mind.

“Our designer, Jen Lapsiuk, comes up with a story for each show home,” explains Minakakis. “She’ll create the imaginary family who will live here and then we write the script. In conjunction with that, Jen comes up with the design palette for the home.”

The Clarke is Arbutus Properties’ newest show home, at 223 Greyeyes-Steele Way in The Meadows.

“For this home, we have envisioned a family of four. They have a little girl and a little boy as you can see by the design of the bedrooms and the toys and games in the upstairs bonus room,” Minakakis says.

“We want people to come and experience what life could be like living in this home. We’ll have Disney movies playing on the TV in the family room. The pantry is stocked with groceries. We want to show how people can live here.”

The Clarke is a 1,659-square-foot, two-storey plan, with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and a bonus family room on the second floor.

“It’s a smaller, more compact version of our popular James home model,” Minakakis says. The builder listened to feedback from couples and parents with small children who loved the features of the 2,000-square-foot-plus James plan, but were looking for a similar home with a smaller footprint and lower price point.

With its open floor plan, nine-foot ceilings and abundance of oversized, triple-pane windows, the Clarke has a spacious inviting feel that belies its trim square footage.

The home’s interior features a delightful Scandinavian design theme, also known as hygge. The kitchen is dressed in classic white, Shaker-style cabinets and white quartz counters, with contrasting matte-black metal door hardware and designer pendants over the family-sized island. Wide-plank, rustic wood laminate flooring adds warmth to the white-toned kitchen and living room.

Family-friendly features abound in The Clarke, including a large kitchen pantry and clutter-stopping mud room. There’s even a family room in the bonus space on the second floor, next to the large master suite and two children’s bedrooms.

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