May 25, 2018
Lottery Home: Harmonious flow
An open design and plenty of natural light turn this luxurious home into a modern masterpiece
By Lin Stranberg
This season’s Hometown Heroes Lottery “Modern Masterpiece” home, a fully appointed luxury residence in South Surrey, is a lifestyle dream of light, space and colour on a lushly treed corner lot five minutes away from walking trails and Crescent Beach.
Builder Harvey Deol of Sareen Development, together with David Lin of David Lin Design Studio, envisioned an indoors/outdoors lifestyle with an abundance of natural light pouring into a modern, minimalist design. The open plan maximizes the actual 3,800 square feet of space into something that feels closer to 5,000, making smaller areas appear larger and establishing a harmonious flow to accommodate the varied needs of a contemporary lifestyle.
The house has four upstairs bedrooms, five baths and all the bells and whistles, including radiant in-floor heating, high-velocity air conditioning, Control4 smartphone access to lighting, TV, music, security and heating, and a detached garage insulated and pre-wired for a theatre room.
While all the features are impressive, the luxurious openness is the most outstanding quality of this home. There’s no traditional foyer area inside the fabulous nine-foot door, an elegant dark blue inside and out. “You appreciate the openness of the house right away, with the light, the height and the great things to look at. We went with a clean, sleek look to emphasize the open feeling—no crown mouldings, no drops,” Deol says.
Interior designer Debbie Heal of Sunrae Designs used rich colours and textures to create warmth within the openness. “Because of that openness, everything had to relate,” she says. “At La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, where I sourced all the furniture in this house, the contemporary floral paintings that are now in the great room caught my eye right away, so they were my cue. They’re fun and not too serious. They inspired me to develop a palette of warm greys with chartreuse, teal and a dash of fuchsia. I simplified the palette to give the living room a more formal look and added texture with a chartreuse velvet sofa, white leather chairs and chartreuse patterned drapes. Black accents unify and ground the colours throughout.”
This home feels like a labour of love, with its fresh, innovative use of colour and thoughtful details like the elegant front door, outdoor terrace spaces and wealth of well-placed windows. A long, open staircase inside the entryway, with floating steps and recessed LED handrail lighting, sets the tone with artful simplicity.
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For a fresh look, keep the kitchen simple by avoiding pops of colour entirely. Instead, add a well-placed backsplash window that adds light and brings the outside in. Bonus: You can adjust the dimensions to curate your view. This kitchen, with sleek white acrylic cupboards, gleaming countertops and backsplash in Caesarstone Organic White, uses natural upholstery and light wood floors to add to the feel of light and space. Dark wood and metallic accents strengthen the simplicity.
Go for the gold
“Gold is trending again,” says designer Debbie Heal, “but with a totally different look. Now it’s really an antiqued gold—not brown or bronze, but a dark matte gold that themes away from the typical shiny chrome look.” In the living room, matte gold highlights like the goose-neck lamp and the side table base burnish the simplified palette and add a subtle, upscale refinement to the grounding accents of black.
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For an entertaining-at-home vibe that makes a room look and feel more sumptuous and inviting, edge away from the neutrals. “All-grey can be so predictable,” says Heal. She put together a palette of warm greys with pops of high-contrast colours. Here, the family-friendly great room invites easy after-dinner gatherings amid the generous proportions of a rich grey leather sectional sofa, with an arty chartreuse-and-teal rug for a vibrant splash.
“A sense of fun is a must when decorating children’s rooms,” says Heal. Imagination, whimsy and a sense of play infuse this small boy’s haven. Teepees are always special, and the scale of this mini version makes it the room’s go-to space for imaginative playtime, story time and special naptimes. The boldly striped bedding in bright Crayola colours plays off the high-contrast black-and-white wall graphics and design elements like a fanciful zebra head, wall map and globe.
The Hometown Heroes Lottery home is located at 12768 26B Avenue, South Surrey, and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get tickets at heroeslottery.com.