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August 18, 2017

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Designing for today’s active-family lifestyle

At Miracon, we’re passionate about designing our home plans for ‘everyday living’! We pride ourselves in how we design our homes for ‘real life’. For us, success is achieved if our homebuyers are able to live in their homes comfortably. This comfort includes a focus on everything – from something as simple as the location of the light switch, to how easy it is to unload the groceries from the car to the kitchen, and even, to how special you could feel having a deluxe shower bar, body sprays and a multi-function shower head in your ensuite.

Much of what we think about in the design stage is related to the function of the home’s floorplan. From the initial sketches to the final drawings ready to construct, there’s close scrutiny on how well the home will work for the active lifestyles of our buyers.

Here are just seven ways that we think differently!

1. The Kitchen is the ‘hub of the home’

We agree, which is why we design our floorplans with kitchen greatroom layouts. The kitchen is central to all the activities of entire main floor. A large island works perfectly for multiple uses including food preparation, as a breakfast bar, and a great gathering place for family and friends! We plan for ample space between the island and perimeter cabinets so as to allow for easy, yet efficient flow.

The cabinets are strategically-planned to give plenty of both flexible and convenient storage options. We know that ample countertop space is a bonus whether prepping lunches for the family or presenting the food for a large gathering of family and friends.

Pot lights provide for general lighting, the under-counter lighting takes care of the tasks, and the unique pendants over the island add the glamour!

We believe in designing for the ‘small details’ as well – there’s an USB outlet in the island to keep your phone charged, and even a crumb sweeper to make clean-up super easy.

2. Greatroom plan Accommodating Today’s Active Family Lifestyle

The key to the success of a greatroom floorplan design is understanding how important the traffic flow is between the different areas of the home. From day-to day family interactions to greeting and entertaining large groups of family or friends, our floorplans are carefully planned to make them work for you. It’s so important to be able to coordinate the food preparation in the kitchen area, and then have uncomplicated access to the dining and living areas for food service and for clean-up.

The powder room location is conveniently-placed, yet tucked away from obvious sight-lines. There are appropriately-located closet and storage cabinets that hold all the typical family things!

We ensure that there is an easy flow between the indoor and outdoor living spaces. Our homeowners love the seamless transition that allows them to entertain guests on the patio, or just enjoy a coffee on a relaxing Sunday morning.

Modern wide-plank flooring flows throughout the main floor unifying and visually increasing the overall space. Miracon’s open-concept home plans feature over-sized windows and doors, soaring ten-foot high ceilings, and large glass double patio doors. The result is a space that feels so bright and airy – we know you’ll love it!


3. Master Suite – a favourite get-away

At Miracon, we design our master bedrooms to be more than just a place to sleep! We want them to feel special – spacious, relaxed, with the convenience of a large walk-in closet. They are located to create a get-away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the home. We plan for them to accommodate large pieces of furniture and we include a unique built-in window seat situated under a large window wall for plenty of natural light.

We design the ensuite with the vision of creating a desirable spa-inspired space. The gorgeous frameless glass shower features a deluxe shower bar, body sprays and a multi-function shower head. Across the room there are dual vanities, a make-up bar and plenty of storage cabinets and counterspace. Strategically-placed potlights and designer-selected LED wall fixtures provide ample light for the room. Some of our plans have the added bonus of a freestanding soaker tub – a definite favourite.

You deserve a master bedroom that celebrates rest and relaxation! We’ve designed a winner…


4. Basements – Bonus space for all the right reasons

We don’t believe that basements are an ‘after-thought’!

In the early stages of designing the home, we carefully consider where the exterior entrance will be in relationship to the back yard and walkways. We plan for the windows and window wells to receive the maximum amount of light possible. Our layouts optimize the requirements for a mechanical room, the stairs and a full bathroom, while offering the most space for laying out the rooms. And a key feature that has huge impact for the home buyer, is that we build the basement level with nine-foot high ceilings!

We offer the basements unfinished to our homebuyers, for future growth or they can be completed with the initial purchase. We always show a finished lower floor in our display home. We want you to be able to see what that finished space can be, and how well it can work for active families.

Our basement designs can accommodate a finished legal suite to serve as your mortgage-helper or a huge recreation room complete with a bar area, a games area and media centre.

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5. Indoor/Outdoor Living proves popular

A wonderful benefit of living in South Surrey near the ocean, is the beautiful weather. As we design our homes to suit the site conditions, we pay close attention to having as much outdoor living space as possible. We know that our homebuyers want to be able to relax out on their patio or enjoy entertaining friends. By incorporating large glass double patio doors, our home designs transition seamlessly between the two spaces. We include a convenient quick-connect for a gas-fuelled BBQ, so outdoor cooking is so easy!

These outdoor spaces are covered, by design. We want to ensure year-round use of our outdoor living while achieving eye-pleasing roof lines. We utilize materials and finishes that are durable and low-maintenance, while blending into the overall colour scheme.


6. In-home Office – brings new meaning to ‘live, work, play’!

Designing homes to accommodate a den or home office continues to be an important element, however the design of these rooms has changed in their form and function. By locating the home office space at the front of the home, it becomes the showpiece portion of the entrance, while still providing separation from the noisier parts of the home. The design offers attractive coffered or tray ceilings that accentuate the soaring ten-foot ceiling height.

Large windows bring in the natural light which makes the space feel large. The generous floorplate allows for flexible furniture placement.

Upstairs, we’ve provided for a study area, an efficient space made possible by the thoughtful staircase design. Our home designs are planned for flexibility, because we know that our many buyers have different needs and wants!


7. Storage – not so glamorous, but oh, so necessary!

At Miracon, we’re especially concerned about the quantity, the location and the convenience of storage in our kitchen and bedrooms.

In our larger plans, we have designed a separate room off the back door that houses the washer/dryer, laundry sink as well as plenty of storage cupboards and a closet. Commonly called the mud room, this space is perfect for busy families with lots of ‘sports equipment’ or maybe a puppy. In other plans, we’ve designed for specific storage needs within a smooth transition from the backyard to the kitchen, perfect for grocery transfer. In this space, some of our plans feature full-height cabinets on one side and a coat rack, bench and cupboards on the other. Others feature a full closet on one side providing even more storage. Our homeowners tell us that it’s so convenient. We’ve utilized a glass-paned back door, so the natural light pours in!

Upstairs, the master bedroom is outfitted with a generous walk-in closet to hold both ‘his’ and ‘her’ clothes. Secondary bedrooms also have large closets as well as a linen closet conveniently located off the hallway.