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Over the past decade, D & S Homes has been a proud supporter of STARS (Shock Trauma Rescue Service) in Saskatchewan. The family-owned custom homebuilder has designed and constructed 19 of the incredible dream homes offered as grand prizes in the annual STARS Lottery, the organization’s primary fundraiser for the past 11 years.
STARS’ red helicopter air ambulances are a familiar sight across Saskatchewan, flying an average of 10 missions a day, providing life-saving rapid emergency care for critically ill and injured people.
“We know how important the work that STARS does is. We all know people who have been saved by STARS. To us, it’s an essential service for Saskatchewan,” says Troy Slater, vice-president of D & S Homes.
The family’s commitment to STARS isn’t limited to building lottery homes in Saskatoon. Each year, D & S Homes also designs and builds a completely different lottery home in Regina for STARS.
Mark Oddan, STARS senior communication officer, says: “We’re a Saskatchewan born and bred lottery, so we really appreciate being able to work with them in both cities. The Slaters are a great family to work with. Every year, D & S Homes comes up with fresh new designs for the lottery homes. They’re striking to look at, but they’re very functional for families of all different shapes, sizes and ages.”
D & S Homes has once again pulled out all the stops in creating the dream homes offered in the 2022 STARS Lottery.
The Saskatoon lottery home is located at 100 Greenbryre Crescent, backing onto the seventh hole at Greenbryre Golf and Country Club. Winners will enjoy fantastic views of their half-acre yard as well as the beautifully manicured golf course.
The home is a walkout bungalow offering 3,152 square feet of developed living space, including three bedrooms, a den and 2.5 bathrooms. The lottery home is valued at $1,467,000, including a $10,000 cash prize.
GA Interiors has once again teamed with D & S on the lottery home’s interior design and furnishings. Modern Scandinavian style influences are apparent throughout the home, from the pleasing neutral colour palette with striking black accents to the gorgeous white oak plank flooring that extends throughout the main floor. The move-in ready home comes fully furnished.
The spacious feel of the open-concept main floor is amplified by a 15-foot-6-inch high ceiling and a wall of windows overlooking the golf course. The star of the great room is the stunning custom gas fireplace, with an elegant marble-look tile surround that extends to the ceiling.
The kitchen is a foodie’s dream, with floor-to-ceiling cabinets crafted by boutique firm Hinge Designs. The white painted cabinets are adorned with black hardware and white oak accents. Glass-front cabinet doors reveal wood grain veneer interiors and backlighting.
The nine-foot island is painted black to contrast with the white cabinetry. The black undermount sink and faucet pop against the white marble-style quartz countertop.
A walk-through pantry extends from the kitchen into a custom mud room with direct garage entry.
The large primary suite is a relaxing haven. A rolling barn door reveals a luxury-laden ensuite, with an artistically tiled walk-in shower, quartz-topped black vanity, separate toilet closet and a spacious walk-in closet.
The main floor also features a large laundry room and a home office.
Two additional bedrooms are located on the lower walkout level. GA Interiors has created a different design theme for each bedroom, right down to the statement light fixtures.
The walkout basement’s lounge area and recreation space take entertaining to a new level. The massive space can easily accommodate a crowd. The garden door leads out onto the backyard patio for outdoor entertaining.
Public feedback helps inspire the design of each lottery home, says D & S Homes’ operations manager Derrick Slater.
“Every year, we listen to the feedback from the people buying tickets, and the folks at STARS. We want to design a home that’s functional and fashionable. We want the homes to appeal to everyone, not just a small percentage of people out there.”
While the STARS lottery home is not open for public viewing this year, a complete gallery of photos and videos can be viewed at starslottery.ca.
“While we miss having that interaction with the public, as a health organization we continue to take COVID precautions. In past years, we were assisted by SaskTel volunteers who sold tickets for us at the lottery homes. Because of the pandemic, they were not available this year. Hopefully next year, we’ll all be back in person,” says Oddan.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-844-STARS-SK, online at starslottery.ca, in person from the STARS bases in Saskatoon and Regina or by mail.
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