Hi, and thanks for taking the time to read our Shane Homes Blog! I’m Brigitte and I work in the Drafting & Design Department.

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I will be going over items we commonly show on our second floor plans and why it is important that they are there.

Second floor components

The typical second floor plan that Shane Homes offers will consist of the owners suite, owners ensuite, main bath and children’s bedrooms. Some of our plans are large enough that we will include additional features such as a family room, family room wet bar, laundry room, and IT centre.  To view our Shane Homes floorplans, please visit our Home Models page. 

1. Owners suite

Typically the owners suite is located at the rear of the home. It is the largest bedroom, has larger windows to allow for abundant natural lighting and is connected directly to the owners ensuite. The windows are usually located at 7’ header height unless noted otherwise.

Variations to the owners suite may include a vaulted ceiling which adds to the feeling of spaciousness and added space in the bedroom to accommodate a seating area for relaxing or room for exercise equipment or to do your morning yoga.

Some of our Creations by Shane Homes floorplans are designed with dual owner’s suites on the second floor to accommodate multiple owners – such as the Verve.  To view our Creations by Shane Homes floorplans, please visit our Home Models page.

2. Owners ensuite

The owners ensuite is the largest bathroom in the house and it is typically located above the nook.  This is where we create an oasis for the home owner. The owners ensuite will have the largest closet of the three bedrooms and will usually be a walk-in with built-in shelving. The shelving can be personalized to fit your needs by selecting different shelving styles, finishes, quantities, layouts, and so forth. The closet will either be accessed through the ensuite or it may have a separate entrance. You also may find the roof attic hatch access in the ensuite if it can not be located in a more private and out of the way area.

Sometimes double walls are placed at the exterior wall locations; these are mainly used for plumbing and sometimes for the medicine cabinet.

Shane Homes offers several options for ensuites:
• The standard ensuite will be the simplest version. Typically it will include linoleum flooring, a single sink, a 3’ x 3’ shower, walk-in closet, and a soaker tub.
• Option 1 ensuite includes all of the features included in the standard ensuite plus a separate rectangular or corner tub, over-sized 3’ x 4’ shower, double sinks, bank of drawers for storage, separate make-up counter, private water closet, and additional square footage to accommodate all of these extra features.
• Option 2 ensuite includes all of the options in option 1 plus a larger square footage, larger walk-in closet, double vanities with bank of drawers or long vanity with tower in between, private water closet with a door, and it may include a coffee or juice station with a bar fridge and upper cabinets.

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Shane Homes customers are able to customize the ensuite to reflect their personal style when they make their selections with their Interior Designer (the services of a professional Interior Designer is included with each house purchase).  They will be able to select from an array of:
• Cabinet door styles
• Cabinet stain color
• Door and drawer hardware
• Countertop material
• Wall paint
• Backsplash tile
• Tile flooring
• Grout colours
• Tile install patterns

If customers choose to upgrade, the options are endless. Popular upgrades include:
• Change from single sink to double sinks with a bank of drawers between (typically 3 drawers) although any amount can be added
• Vanity height
• Countertop material (quartz or upgraded granite)
• Upgraded tile flooring and wall tile

If you are building a new home or renovating, check out homzz.com for ensuite ideas from Shane Homes or go to houzz.com.  You will also find many ideas for your ensuites in our showhomes as well which you can tour in person, on You Tube or view photos on our website with Interior Design Selections noted as well. 

Watch for part II of our III part blog coming soon.

If you missed the blog on our main floor, please visit our Blog Archives for Part I, Part II, and Part III.