1717 Foster Road


2,169 SQ FT





Built 2017

Lot 38x88

Large 2-car Garage

HOA Fee: $924/yr

Special Features:


- Single-family

- Modern finishes

- Vaulted ceilings

- Peninsula Neighborhood

- Open floor plan

- Laminate throughout main

- Large kitchen

- Eat-in island

- Quartz white counters

- Stainless appliances

- White painted cabinetry

- Tiled baths

- Mudroom

- Master walk-in closet

- Double vanity

- Tiled master shower

- Second bedroom on main

- Trey ceilings

- Front porch

- Central courtyard deck

- Fenced yard

- Large two-car garage

- Finished lower level

- Family room

- Rec/bonus area

- Bus Route

- Laundry-Closet

1717 Foster Road

Located in the Peninsula Neighborhood

New Chapter

A pared-back contemporary aesthetic

in a vintage-inspired home



In Peninsula Neighborhood, each home pushes a new envelope. Lots are snug, covenants are comprehensive, yet homes are embellished with traditional detailing and unique designs. The challenge for designing a single-story home in the Peninsula was creating a design that was more than a box of rooms within the lot’s permieter. The designer for this project was Amy Pretorius of the Peninsula Development Company, who was commissioned to open up the interior.




“The challenge of building on a narrow lot is ensuring spaces are not only open but also have light,” says the designer. “We needed an efficient home not just in terms of the layout, but also in terms of finishes for today’s modern lifestyle.”




Though the front of the house only spans 24 feet, the home is a quaint and cozy ranch. From the outside, the craftsman style adheres to its heritage with features such as wide-trimmed windows and detailed porch columns, but inside is chic and modern. Amy began with the interior finishes focusing on a crisp contemporary design. Light-colored wood-like laminate flooring is juxtaposed with modern light fixtures creating cosmopolitan reality. Clean-lined trim and white cabinetry with dark and light tones complement the attention to detail throughout.

Amy wanted a design that would showcase these finishes. A central courtyard was utilized essentially to let light flow into the home, allowing rooms to have windows on multiple walls. The integration of the courtyard was extremely important—providing a seamless connection between indoors and out while providing light to key rooms within the home, including the master bedroom, dining and kitchen area as well as the living room.


With the courtyard as the centerpiece to the open-plan living space, the home invites entertaining. The layout encourages relaxed gatherings where rooms flow into one another allowing for a variety of interactions. The kitchen works as an extension of this with its location between the living and dining areas. Amy decided to emphasize the kitchen in the center using contrasting colors and a variety of materials in its design. The cabinets have frosted glass doors that allow the maple wood interior to match the flooring iwhile the wall cabinets are painted white to match the white quartz. Glass subway tiles are a tribute to traditional design while emphasizing modern materials. The sleek, streamlined look of the kitchen is also enhanced by the modern-styled stainless appliances including a vent hood that has an exhaust to the exterior.




Amy added a vaulted ceiling to the living and kitchen space to enhance dramatic impact. Wide rectangular ceramic tile in varying depths are stacked on the fireplace surround, adding a natural element to the minimalist design. TV hook-ups are located aside the gas fireplace designed for a future media cabinet and TV to be concealed at the same height as the fireplace.

The lower level was designed for relaxing. A large family-room area in an L-shaped design had a wet bar added by the current homeowners.  Modern finishes paired with traditional materials pay homage to past and present architecture in a home designed for today’s convenience. “The emphasis here is on simplicity and visual consistency—we have used the same palette of materials throughout the house.”



The Art of Real Estate

Alan Swanson

Adam Pretorius

Tim Conroy

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