Writing a coherent story about the latest house-I-will-never-inhabit is usually challenging.
But the homes featured in the Dream Lottery for London hospitals in fall 2014 are so massive it was taking pictures that gave reporters fits on Thursday (Oct. 2).
Once those invited to Rosecliffe Terrace picked their jaws off the (main) dining room’s floor-window to the wine cellar off the smoking room (seriously) off the giant recreation room off the (third) kitchen, they had to set about taking pictures of the massive 5,000 square-foot $1.3 million home.
Vaulted ceilings framed with wood reclaimed from a demolished historic barn contrasting with shiny contemporary design in the (main) kitchen, flat screens and floor-to-ceiling windows as far as the eye can see and what seemed like more bathrooms than any family of 11 let alone four could use in a month of Sundays.
Blown away yet?
With a dip in ticket sales last year (the last dream home is two doors down in the Rosecliffe Estates subdivision), St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation president Michelle Campbell said builders Treadstone Group and UP Staging Ltd. president Jillian Summers, who designed the interior over four months, were told to aim high.
“We were true to the brand this year,” she explained. “It really is a dream home. It’s not overdone, you can feel at home but there are features that have to be seen to be believed.”
The COO of the London Health Sciences Foundation, Evelyn Salhani, said the biggest difference this year is the “amount of creativity that’s gone into the house.”
Enter the A-type designer who brought it all together and can hardly take her attention away from (barely) mussed bed sheets and (slightly) smudged windows to talk about it.
“I wanted to create a transitional design for the home so it could appeal to all styles and as many people in London as possible,” Summers said. “Anyone can get something out of the house, whether you like modern or traditional, vintage or country, it has a taste of everything.”
She kept the colours neutral and soft and used layered textures throughout to make the home more welcoming.
“This house was so amazing because we were able to be as creative as we wanted,” Summers said, adding she’s considering putting a glass floor over her own wine cellar now. “It was a lot of fun.”
The houses on Rosecliffe and Bradwell Chase, which features a garage lift so there’s room to park the Range Rover and Jaguar, of course, will be open to the public daily from noon to 5 p.m. until the estimated 200,000 tickets sell out or Dec. 18, whichever comes first.
Visit the lottery website for more details on the more than 7,000 prizes up for grabs and the special deadlines for extra draws, including the minimum $250,000 50/50 Plus draw (last time it was north of $300,000), early bird draws for cars, cash and trips and even 15 million Optimum points.