Arbutus sparks conversation with “The Ford” show home

Jeannie Armstrong|Living Spaces 

With every show home they build, Arbutus Properties gets people talking.

“When we plan our show homes, we want to spark conversations,” says Jody Minakakis, sales manager with Arbutus Properties in Saskatoon.

“People find our show homes quite inspirational. A lot of customers that we build custom homes for select the same colours and finishes that we use in our show homes,” says Minakakis.

Arbutus Properties’ new “Ford” model home definitely has people buzzing. Located at 622 Meadows Boulevard, the inviting 2,133 square foot two-storey home stands out in many ways – including its colossal four-car tandem garage!

Ford Show Home 622 Meadows Boulevard

Minakakis says that the home’s West Coast Craftsman exterior with its graceful front veranda and “bulked-out” pillars covered with large stone, has generated a lot of positive reviews.

The home’s interior melds classic craftsman charm with industrial chic. Arbutus designer Jen Lapsiuk opted for a palette of crisp white tones, with warm touches of wood, rich stone and the dazzle of blended metals.

In the living room, the natural gas fireplace is dressed with a tumbled white marble tile surround. “I really like this tile because it offers the look of painted brick. It can go either way – vintage Craftsman or a more modern look – depending on the style of your furnishings,” says Lapsiuk.

While white kitchens are still on trend, Lapsiuk says it’s important to add flair and personality to the space. She injected excitement into this white kitchen with contrasting black door pulls and door handles, a bevelled subway tile backsplash and white quartz countertops. The island, which is almost nine feet long, is painted in a contrasting shade of grey with a decorative finish.

Mismatched industrial-style light fixtures illuminate the island and adjacent dining area. “Light fixtures are more interesting if they don’t match. You don’t have to select a family of light fixtures,” says Lapsiuk.


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