Pacific Heights 28 single family homes at 1652 18th Avenue Surrey by Foxridge Homes

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Setting the stage at Pacific Heights

Mary Frances Hill
The Province

Pacific Heights 

Where: 16752 — 18 Ave., Surrey

What: 28 single-family homes close to Morgan Crossing

Project size: four or five bedrooms; starting at 3,082 square feet; priced from $1,479,900

Developer and builder: Foxridge Homes

Sales centre: 16752 — 18 Ave., Surrey

Hours: noon —  5 p.m., Sat — Thurs

Colour can enhance or create a mood, or change it altogether, while tones and shades can render new effects with natural light or a mirror’s reflection. Designer Shannon Haerdi recognizes the psychological power of colour in nearly every room at the display for Pacific Heights, Foxridge Homes’s collection of single-family homes in Surrey.

“Colour is so filled with emotion, and certain colours are more welcoming and embracing than others. Lighter colour tones and off-whites are very pleasing to the eye, so we tried to keep our colour palette soft and delicate,” says Haerdi, principal of First Impression Design.
In the show home’s great room, Haerdi set light greys, whites and light blues against darker accents like charcoal as complements to the Carrera marble tiles in the dining room and kitchen of the open-concept space.
That great room has huge mirrors on either side of the fireplace that emphasize the home’s spaciousness and create a centrepiece in the way a great piece of art would. Elsewhere, furnishings and shades are soft.

“Those two mirrors were most definitely our statement piece in the room. The soft tones on the walls and in the art really balance with the bold mirrors allowing the space to bask in comfort and elegance.”

Haerdi mimicked the vertical lines of the kitchen cabinetry and the hood fan with the pendant lighting. The effect enhances a softness she desired, a feature the designer says is becoming more popular among homebuyers. That style finds a more dramatic edge when it’s coupled with dark or metallic accents.
“We are also working with a lot of soft creams combined with mushroom-coloured undertones and pairing them with warm chocolate tones, with a touch of gold accents.”

Haerdi’s own love of contrasts and rich texture is illustrated in the flex room, where First Impression has added a panelled wall with dark charcoal detail and silver leaf accents.

 “The custom built-in desk carefully placed in the corner with the delicate silver and charcoal velvet chair finishes off the space perfectly.”

All these sophisticated details — the soft muted tones and contrasts — only enhance the practicalities that homebuyers are looking for in Surrey, says Haerdi.

Foxridge Homes is seeing buyers who are downsizing from much larger homes, but still looking for the space they’ve grown accustomed to, while many other buyers are younger couples who need the space for their growing families.
“They are looking for more functional square footage, with lots of practical usable space,” she says.

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