Makeover mar­vel

Cres­cent­wood condo a

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - By Todd Lewys

FROM the out­side, some homes are just plain de­cep­tive. Take 1-885 Dorch­ester Ave., for ex­am­ple. Based on its ex­te­rior, it looks like a clas­sic Cres­cent­wood turn-of-the-cen­tury home — grey sid­ing, porch, el­e­gant bal­cony and a roofline that tells you the home was built in the early 1900s (1911, to be ex­act). The only give­away to what’s in­side is a white per­gola that ush­ers you into the beau­ti­fully land­scaped front yard in Mediter­ranean fash­ion.

Step in­side and you’re greeted by a to­tally re­designed in­te­rior that bears no re­sem­blance to its turn-of-the cen­tury roots, said Sut­ton Group-Kilkenny Real Es­tate’s Jeff Brown.

“It would be an un­der­state­ment to say that this is a to­tally re­done turn-of-the cen­tury prop­erty,” he said. “The in­te­rior is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing from the foyer on in. To start things off, there’s a gor­geous (multi-coloured) slatetile foyer. Then, to the left, you’re wel­comed into the great room by in­tri­cately carved wooden col­umns im­ported from Bali. The qual­ity of ma­te­ri­als used in the re­mod­elling of the home is in­cred­i­ble.”

In a word, the ma­te­ri­als are op­u­lent: doors and cas­ings im­ported from Ger­many, slatetile floors, fash­ion-for­ward light fix­tures — even a fire­place set in two types of tile for max­i­mum pop. Im­pres­sive as the fin­ishes are, the in­te­rior am­bi­ence is even more im­pres­sive.

That’s be­cause the main liv­ing area — kitchen, din­ing room and liv­ing room — is open-con­cept and sur­rounded by win­dows. Just as the ma­te­ri­als used to fin­ish the condo’s in­te­rior dif­fer markedly from the hard­wood floors, oak win­dow cas­ings, six-inch base­boards and five-panel, crys­tal-han­dled doors that char­ac­ter­ize most Cres­cent­woodarea homes, so does the lay­out.

In­stead of be­ing chopped up by walls, it’s been opened up nicely, mak­ing for ease of move­ment and an abun­dance of nat­u­ral light. The light comes from sev­eral sources, Brown said.

“To ac­cess the heated deck that wraps around the home, not one but two slid­ing deck doors were in­stalled around the great room. The first one is on the rear wall, and be­cause it faces south, light just streams in,” he said. “The sec­ond one is on the right-hand wall, and it al­lows even more light to en­ter. There’s also a glass-block wall next to the kitchen that al­lows even more light to stream in. This is a con­tem­po­rary de­sign that works very, very well.”

The bright in­te­rior and ex­cel­lent flow be­tween the three spa­ces are aug­mented by op­u­lent fin­ish­ing touches that just aren’t found in the usual turn-of-the-cen­tury homes. Even a cur­sory glance at the sur­round­ings makes that ap­par­ent in short or­der.

“For starters, the tile work is in­sane,” Brown said. “The floors are a gor­geous, low­main­te­nance slate, while the dif­fer­ent spa­ces in the great room fea­ture even more tile. The liv­ing room’s fo­cal point is a gas fire­place with two-tone tile sur­round, while the kitchen fea­tures a curved, tiled is­land that seats three, a dark-tile back­splash and even a hood fan decked out in grey slate with tan-tile trim over the gas aand even in­cludes sep­a­rate tray ceil­ings (each with pot lights) over the liv­ing room, din­ing area and kitchen.” That’s not all there is, he said. “Honey-maple cab­i­nets, a huge, three-door pantry and black-gran­ite coun­ter­tops fin­ish the kitchen off beau­ti­fully. The great room com­bines style and func­tion beau­ti­fully.”

Un­like many condominiums, 1-885 Dorch­ester con­tains two other highly de­sir­able fea­tures: a pri­vate bed­room wing with three bed­rooms, and a fin­ished lower level. At 13.3

The master bed­room on the main floor mea­sures 13.3 feet by 12.2 feet.

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