Garage Size Matters

Arbutus Properties offers up four-car tandem option in new Ford model home

Jeannie Armstrong|Star Phoenix 

If you’re among the many Saskatchewan people who can never have enough garage space, the newest model home by Arbutus Properties is sure to appeal.

The builder’s new “Ford” model home, recently opened at 622 Meadows Blvd, features a four-car tandem garage.

“This new design was in response to the comments we received from multiple clients who are interested in having a larger garage,” says Jody Minakakis, sales manager with Arbutus.

“A lot of the designs that come out of our Vancouver headquarters have smaller garages. When adapting some of those plans for Saskatchewan, we have expanded the garages. When we built our James show home for the Parade of Homes last summer, it featured a triple garage,” says Minakakis.

“We wanted to do a house with a four-car garage that still fit within our view and our guidelines. That became the inspiration for the design of our new Ford model.”

The Ford model home is a family-sized 2,133 square foot two-storey, with three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a huge bonus space over the garage.

The home’s west coast Craftsman-style exterior is eye-catching, featuring an inviting front porch, punctuated by “bulked out” columns trimmed with large stone. “We’ve had a lot of positive reviews. People really like the exterior of the home,” says Minakakis.

From the street, the Arbutus model home appears to have a double garage. In reality, the garage is double-wide and double-deep, extending the full length of the house. “Even though it’s a four-car garage, it doesn’t dominate the look of the home,” says Minakakis.

The idea of a four-car garage isn’t limited to car enthusiasts, he adds. “It gives people so many options. If you need extra storage space, if you have a boat or an ATV you want to park, or plan to add a workshop, there’s lots of flexibility in this garage.”


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