The man build­ing The Bri­dle Path

Paul Mik­las breaks ground on Canada’s big­gest home

Annex Post - - NEWS - By Ron John­son

Since 2000, Paul Mik­las, of Val­leymede Homes, has trans­formed the Bri­dle Path neigh­bour­hood with his unique and breath­tak­ing cus­tom-built man­sions. Af­ter 16 com­pleted projects and a 40,000-square-foot home ready for de­liv­ery, he has just bro­ken ground on his big­gest and the coun­try’s big­gest project to date: A man­sion that clocks in at a mam­moth 50,000 square feet.

“This is go­ing to be the pin­na­cle for us,” said Mik­las.

The home is lo­cated on High Point Road, on what the builder said is the most de­sir­able stretch of the city’s most up­scale en­clave. In ad­di­tion, Val­leymede Homes has two more homes over 30,000 square feet in the works in the same neigh­bour­hood.

Mik­las, who starred, along with his wife Holly, in the HGTV series Man­sion as well as a web-based ver­sion of Dragons’ Den for CBC, started out as a car­pen­ter and then site su­per­vi­sor for Green Park Homes, Canada’s largest build­ing com­pany. He started Val­leymede when he was just 26 and built his first home in The Bri­dle Path 17 years ago.

Build­ing lots in the area go for up­wards of $7 mil­lion, with the most cov­eted lo­cale be­ing the south end of High Point and Park Lane Cir­cle.

The Bri­dle Path neigh­bour­hood has its share of celebrity in­hab­i­tants but re­ceived a boost in rep­u­ta­tion when it was con­firmed that hip-hop icon Drake was build­ing a home, one that Mik­las was orig­i­nally ap­proached to build.

As Mik­las ex­plained, most of his clien­tele are now from Bei­jing, China, where Val­leymede is en­joy­ing a grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion thanks in part to his Dragons’ Den series air­ing there.

For his cur­rent 40,000-square-foot home, it is a two-and-a-half-year project from draw­ing to the fi­nal nail. The home is unique for many rea­sons, per­hap­s­the most star­tling be­ing the gi­gan­tic 80-foot in­door pool.

“It’s the big­gest we’ve ever done,” said Mik­las, of the pool housed in a sep­a­rate wing ex­tend­ing to the south of the main build­ing.

The home also has a cut­ting-edge me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal sys­tem in­clud­ing nat­u­ral gas gen­er­a­tors.

“You can run the whole house if the power goes out,” he said.

Mik­las’s bud­get for the project is around $26 mil­lion not in­clud­ing the cost of the land. But as he ex­plained, the homes he builds have en­joyed built-in eq­uity. Just like when a con­do­minium unit ap­pre­ci­ates dur­ing the long con­struc­tion process, a Val­leymede home can as well. In fact, Mik­las re­vealed that an­other buyer from Bei­jing of­fered to buy the 40,000-square­foot home for $40 mil­lion out­right, but the own­ers re­fused.

When fin­ished, the man­sion will be home to six res­i­dents, in­clud­ing a young child, as well as ap­prox­i­mately four staff.

Paul Mik­las in the back­yard of his High Point Road home

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