Functional and sophisticated: Lexis Homes’ Eclipse floor plan is a bold entry in SRHBA’s parade of homes

The Saskatoon and District Home Builders Association Parade kicked off last week with 14 spectacular display homes from 10 Saskatoon-area builders open for public viewing.

This time around, the entrance of Lexis Homes, located at 538 Hamm Crescent, is bold and sophisticated.

Cam Skoropat of Lexis says the all-new Eclipse layout was designed in part to address the irregular shape of the lot at the Rosewood property.

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“A lot of our houses have become very tall,” Skoropat explains. “So we tried to shorten that and push it more to the front of the pack.”

The bar area in the dining room will be the perfect place for a drinks station the next time you host a family gathering. Photography by Scott Prokop /supplied

Keeping the footprint a little smaller allows for a larger backyard and spacious covered deck.

Although somewhat shorter than many of the homes in the neighborhood, the Eclipse doesn’t lack for space, at 2,490 square feet. It is a huge house full of natural light and minimalist style.

“I think in this house we wanted the architecture to speak louder than the actual design details,” says Julie Tenashuk, designer and project manager at Lexis. “In some of our other homes, we’ve had more complex designs — designer doors, crown moldings and things like that. This time we didn’t do that. We let the size of the space do the talking for things.”

Visitors are welcomed by a spacious foyer and wide corridor. Just off the foyer is an office surrounded by barn doors for privacy – a particular appeal for those who work from home.

The Eclipse floor plan features a bright, stylish kitchen with sleek lines. Black accents, brushed copper and a fluted hood add interest. Photography by Scott Prokop /supplied

To add visual interest to the minimalist design, designer Tenaschuk added fluted wood accents in the foyer, kitchen, and master bedroom.

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Clean lines apply even to multiple windows.

“We went without casings on the windows to get a more modern look, just the drywall back, very nice and clean,” says Skoropat.

The upstairs laundry room has upgraded amenities with ample storage and hanging space for linens, plus a sink for those stubborn tasks. Photography by Scott Prokop /supplied

Aside from the simple elegance of the design, the floor plan contains thoughtful details that make the space functional for a contemporary family.

Functional aspects of the floor plan include additional storage space in the two-car garage and a large butler’s pantry connecting the mudroom and kitchen. The pantry includes additional work space and a convenient sink.

In the kitchen to keep the look simple, the lower cabinet has no drawer handles. Quartz countertops were extended up the wall to coordinate the bright white walls and light wood finishes of the lower cabinets. A polished brass light fixture and black faucet add some visual interest.

The Lexis show home at 538 Hamm Crescent features a large open-concept living space. The fireplace provides a focal point to the living room with vaulted ceilings giving it a luxurious feel. Photography by Scott Prokop /supplied

While the kitchen, dining room and living room are all open to each other, the latter is defined by a vaulted ceiling with windows. A natural gas fireplace complements the brightly lit space and it’s easy to envision a cuppa by the fireplace with a loved one.

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A glass railing and a bonus room open to the floor below bring the open concept directly to the second floor. To increase the size of the house, the second floor has a vaulted ceiling — up to 12 feet in some areas.

The open concept is carried directly to the second floor with the additional room at the top of the stairs visually connecting to the living room below. Photography by Scott Prokop /supplied

While the entire palette is quite neutral, the green accents provide a bit of colour, and the master bedroom is given a relaxing touch with deep green walls. The color designates the room as a private retreat for the homeowners, and the large walk-in closet and en-suite bathroom with a deep soaking tub and oversized shower add a sense of luxury.

Exterior finishes include a new Lexis product. Along with EIFS stucco and stone, the company added maintenance-free faux wood accents. The durable product creates an eye-catching appeal combined with the sleek, modern single-angle ceiling.

Skoropat points out that while the house is undoubtedly attractive, there are unseen reasons to love Eclipse. The exterior walls have R30 insulation and the basement has been upgraded to R28. According to Alexis, the home’s air tightness is about 80 percent tighter than building code requirements. The home has been inspected and approved by Holmes Approved Homes.

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The neutral color palette is brightened throughout the Lexis show home with shots of rich green. The master bedroom becomes a relaxing retreat with lush green walls and a vaulted ceiling. Photography by Scott Prokop /supplied

Lexis Homes at 538 Hamm Crescent is open for showings Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. The homes will be displayed until October 15.

For more information and a map of the theaters visit paradeofhomesonline.ca. Or follow @paradeyxe on Instagram for Parade of Homes updates and content information.

The spacious en-suite bathroom off the master bedroom has all the pampering essentials – a deep soaking tub, bright natural light, an oversized tile shower and elegant wood accents. Photography by Scott Prokop /supplied

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