The Garcha family (clockwise from top right) Daljeet, Avneet, Harsh, Harneet and Balbir.
Daljeet Garcha, founder and president of DS Homes, had one thing in mind when he migrated to Canada from India in 1993, and that was to build a better life for his family. So their sprawling 6,345-square-foot, $2.2 million residence in the Morningside estate enclave in Springbank is a dream come true. Literally. In that each aspect of the home follows the wishes of his wife and children. His youngest, Harsh, 9, wanted a state-of-the-art home theatre. “Done,” his father says, building an enormous, sound-proofed room with plush leather and panorama projector screen in the upper level of their split level bungalow. Daughters, Harneet, 20, and Avneet, 17, wanted separate bedrooms (and bathrooms) in the basement for privacy (“And because it’s cooler there in the summers,” says Harneet.). “Sure,” he says, creating one with an additional entertainment area and massive wet bar (although the girls — at least, Avneet — aren’t allowed near it yet.). While his wife, Balbir says she needed a spice kitchen where she can cook up her delicious Indian dishes freely and unimpeded for the many parties and family gatherings the Garcha family invariably gets to host here several times a year. “No problem,” he says, and added a working kitchen in the triple car garage where it would be easy enough to open the doors to let the strong aroma » of Balbir’s masala out and easy enough to heat during the winter. fa l l 2 01 4 • D O M U S •