Guardian con­dos let you live large

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Calgary Herald New Condos - - New Condos - JOSH SKAPIN

In­duc­tion cook­tops, Ar­mony Cucine cab­i­nets and non-por­ous quartz coun­ters are all part of the treasure chest of high-end stan­dard fea­tures in an apart­ment at The Guardian.

This one-bed­room plan is 545 square feet with a 99-square­foot bal­cony. It’s part of the sec­ond of a two-tower devel­op­ment down­town.

De­vel­oper Hon Tow­ers’ kitchen se­lec­tions make sense for fans of a cook­ing space with sleek, mod­ern touches. But es­thet­ics is only a small piece of what the com­pany had in mind.

“Part of our de­sign was to choose ma­te­ri­als that looked good and per­formed well,” says Ernest Hon, mar­ket­ing direc­tor for Hon Tow­ers. For ex­am­ple, Hon points to the kitchen’s seam­less matte alu­minum panel back­splash.

“We thought about smooth sur­faces (that are) are easy to wipe down,” he adds. “Spray and wipe rather than with grout lines.”

Adding to the clean look of the kitchen is the tucked-away ap­peal of its in­te­grated ap­pli­ances. The cab­i­nets have soft-close buf­fers and the draw­ers use a silent-sup­pres­sion clos­ing sys­tem, which takes away the clunk­i­ness of the cook­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Through an open-con­cept, the kitchen blends with the great room. These spa­ces are ac­cessed right off the front door of the apart­ment.

“Peo­ple who see this is only 545 square feet and are al­ways sur­prised by it be­cause it feels quite large,” says Hon, adding they pur­posely avoided us­ing square footage on the front en­trance. “There are no jaggedy hall­ways to waste space as you walk in.”

Adding to its spa­cious feel are ceil­ings that mea­sure just less than nine feet. The great room boasts floorto-ceil­ing en­ergy ef­fi­cient win­dows. This space also steps out to the bal­cony.

“Cal­gar­i­ans love their out­door space. They love hav­ing bar­be­cues and en­joy­ing the good weather,” says Hon. Not to men­tion the view.

At 44 storeys, the tow­ers at The Guardian will be the tallest res­i­den­tial tow­ers in Cal­gary.

“I don’t think there are many build­ings in Cal­gary that will have views quite like this,” says Hon. At its Vic­to­ria Park lo­ca­tion, many of the units will have pre­mium sight lines of the nightly fire­works dur­ing the Cal­gary Stam­pede.

The bed­room and full bath­room are on one side of the unit, flanked for space for a front-load washer and dryer. Like the kitchen, cab­i­nets in the bath­room are also by Ar­mony Cucine.

Other bath­room fea­tures in­clude Span­ish-made mi­cro-mo­saic porce­lain wall tile. Again, its seam­less con­cept makes it eas­ier to clean. There’s also a soaker tub, ex­pan­sive bath­room mir­rors, chrome faucets and pol­ished shower rods and robe hooks.

The kitchen cook­ing space in a one-bed­room apart­ment at The Guardian fea­tures alu­minum sur­faces that are easy to keep clean.

The bath­room fea­tures chrome faucets and ex­pan­sive mir­rors.

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