Veneto Custom Homes fashions desirable dream home

Support for the 44th lottery home helps Big Brothers Big Sisters ensure children and youth have mentors and safe places to go after school.

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New year, new dreams, new homes.

More specifically, if you’re setting your sights on a brand new dream home, the 44th edition of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Dream Home Lottery has unveiled a $1.27-million dollar walkout bungalow that could be just what you’re looking for.

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The house, which includes show-stopping features such as a spa bathroom, a unique wine room and a cool crafts space, which also doubles as a second laundry in the home, comes with an additional $10,000 cash.

Your cost: a $30 lottery ticket, and a bit of luck to be drawn as the winner.

“This will be our 10th year in support of the charity and we are honoured to be partners once again to help them (Big Brothers Big Sisters) reach their fundraising goal,” said Adrianna Chiumento, owner of Veneto Custom Homes, which built this St. Albert offering in Erin Ridge North.

Coming in at 3,313 square feet of living space — that’s 1,715 square feet on the main floor plus another 1,598 square feet in the finished walkout basement — this house has three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and one very distinctive den.

That den, just off the main entry, features a custom reading nook framed in to look like a space right out of The Hobbit novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Painted in Benjamin Moore’s Dark Pewter — a dark, moody grey distinguished by forest green undertones — the colour adds to the Hobbit-like feel.

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The rest of the home, however, follows a different tact, being open, flowing and full of arches and curves.

As you proceed past the den, a curved entry wall done in quarter rounds, helps to set the tone. But before we go any further, there’s actually a hidden entry closet in those quarter rounds.

At that point you’ll find yourself just about in the open concept great room, dining and kitchen portion of the home. Focal points include a vaulted ceiling in the great room as well as its floor-to-ceiling natural stone wall surrounding the fireplace, and arches and curves throughout.

“Curves are really coming back in design,” said Chiumento, who tied them into the kitchen with large arched windows that overlook the backyard.

Another item you’ll notice in this home is the monotone colour scheme, which gives it a cleaner look. But monotone doesn’t mean no colour. There’s natural Cream as the main colour, a complementary Salmon Stream (rosy undertones soften this shade of brown) that adds a pop to the walk-through butler-like pantry while floors and other finishes (tiles and countertops, for example) are done in similar tones — paint colours throughout the home are all from Benjamin Moore.

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The main floor is where you’ll also find the master suite, an interesting curved walk-in closet — that comes with a stackable washer and dryer — and adjacent ensuite.

Downstairs, which houses the other two bedrooms and a bathroom, is where you’ll find the spa bathroom adjacent to a flex exercise space. There’s also a wet bar and rec room and the crafting space, but perhaps it’s the wine room that becomes the focus. Tucked in next to the stairwell, glass inserts allow it to be viewed from the stairway and other parts of the lower level.

“Over the past decade, our commitment to the Big Brothers Big Sisters charity has been a deeply rewarding journey,” added Chiumento. “Through our dedicated involvement, we take pride in having contributed to building dream homes to support the charity’s largest fundraiser. Each project is not just a construction endeavour, it’s a testament to the power of community and compassion. The journey has been immensely rewarding, as we take pride in giving back to our community through these impactful projects.”

For Big Brothers Big Sisters, the lottery is its largest and most important fundraiser.

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“One of the reasons it’s so important is because it helps sustain our work and allows us to direct funding to our most important areas of need,” said Darby Walton, the organization’s fund development project lead.

Buying a ticket, said Darby, helps to ensure children and youth have access to healthy relationships and safe places to go after school. Children with mentors are less likely to miss school, less likely to start using drugs and less likely to skip class.

LOTTERY DETAILS

Big Brothers Big Sisters Dream Home Lottery 2024: Offering just under $1.5 million in prizes in support of the Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area.

Grand Prize Dream Home: At 33 Evermore Cres. in Erin Ridge North in St. Albert; comes with an additional $10,000 cash.

Viewing Hours: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Purchase Tickets: Main draw tickets start at $30. For Win 50 tickets or info on deadlines and more, check online at bigbrothershomelottery.org or call 1-877-483-8832.

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