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January 01, 2019

Reflection of Luxury

Westman Village’s Reflection Estate Condos bring contemporary luxury to lakeside living

Pepper Rodriguez

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The last time we spoke with Jayman BUILT’s design guru, Bruce Harvey, he had just finished a whirlwind project to open the first presentation centre for the landmark Westman Village in Mahogany about a year-and-a-half ago.


It was by no means a minor feat, as he and his team had to deal with a tight, pressing deadline and accomplish something that has not been seen in Calgary before. Not only did they have to capture the imagination of the buyers but explain the vision for this lakeside resort-lifestyle condo complex in just three show suites in a glorified trailer.

They pulled it off without a hitch.

The purpose for that temporary sales centre had largely been achieved, as Westman Village has opened the eyes of Calgarians on the possibility of living an all-inclusive stay-cation life right in the city. It has been so warmly received that nearly 90 per cent of the first phase of its Calligraphy condos and 50
per cent of its Reflection Estate Condos have been sold.

Now that there are “real” show homes in Westman Village, we wanted to see what Bruce was able to convey in designing the new Reflection show suites. Particularly Model G-B1, the two-bed, two-bath 1,605-square-foot model on the upper level of the Reflection building. And it does not disappoint.

Bruce’s mastery in expressing luxury with a few deft design touches remains unmatched, and although the original intent to express luxury in both the first show suite and these new ones remain the same, there are some subtle differences.

“We took our time in designing these new show homes. Every detail has been thoughtfully considered to bring our vision to life,” Bruce says.

There is an impressive avante-garde feel apparent as soon as you enter the G-B1 show suite. Combining gleaming modern touches like the chrome light fixtures and stainless steel appliances with more traditional shades of brown of the cabinetry and the engineered hardwood floor captures a timeless look
that the upscale Reflection Estate Condos aim for. Even more astounding is that the show home only features Jayman BUILT’s Plus level of finish, there are two more levels of sophistication above it.

Notice the metal wall art and the little vignettes of tasteful luxury placed with precision around G-B1. “We aimed for the high-end and searched for items that denoted luxury,” Bruce says. He has led the Jayman BUILT show home design team for some 14 years now and has developed an expertise in determining the look for any particular show home. Tour through the 14 show homes of Westman Village (nine more coming next year) and find out for yourself.

The great room denotes class with tons of natural elements to keep it grounded. A lighter palette along with the numerous oversized windows and tall ceilings (10 feet in most parts) give it a feeling of relaxed, resort-like ambience. The sofa frame is customized to match the stain of the cabinetry, and the unique — and heavy — concrete coffee table adds to the sophistication.

Nothing denotes luxury more than the master ensuite, and in Reflection the full effect of an extraordinary lifestyle is brought to fore in the boutique hotel beauty of the attached bathroom of the master bedroom. The 10-millemetre tempered glass shower stall, deep soaker tub, Moen chrome taps, and seeming miles of quartz tops in the double vanity complete the ensemble.

Most Reflection suites have two outdoor spaces, the show home has one at 471 square-feet and another at 278 square-feet. “It’s all about indoor-outdoor entertainment and we want residents to have the ability to make the most of their summers in this lake community,” Bruce says.

The soft touches Bruce brought to the show homes — like the drapery, pelt rugs, throw pillows and beddings — are some of the highlights of the design. But the judicious use of wallpaper brings a suave feel to the room. Mind, these aren’t the old school wallpaper of gaudy florals and damasks, but textured, tasteful patterns that bring depth and warmth to any room.

Reflection is meant to attract affluent, mature, active couples looking to “right-size” from their estate homes. “One of our goals is to make our designs current, and memorable. In our mind, we thought the buyers for Reflection would enjoy the finer things in life and that’s how we proceeded with the design,” Bruce says. Visit the Westman Village presentation centre at 188 Mahogany Gardens S.E. to arrange a tour. Or go to http://www.westmanvillage.com for more information.

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