Ex­treme MAKEOVER: Tuxedo edi­tion

Gir­ton Boule­vard beauty lov­ingly re­stored, ex­panded

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

BY now, we’ve all heard of — heck, maybe even watched — the TV show, Ex­treme Makeover. You know, the show where con­trac­tors de­mol­ish a fam­ily’s ram­shackle home and cre­ate a new one from scratch. While that wasn’t even re­motely nec­es­sary for a 74-year-old vin­tage brick home at 139 Gir­ton Boule­vard in Tuxedo, the end re­sult of a well-con­ceived — and widerang­ing — ren­o­va­tion project was much the same.

That’s to say by the time the ren­o­va­tion team from Dy­nasty Homes was fin­ished, it was truly a home trans­formed.

“This home was orig­i­nally 2,220 square feet,” says Cen­tury 21’s Glen Wil­liams of 139 Gir­ton, which in now a full 1,000 sq. ft. larger at an ex­pan­sive 3,200 sq. ft.. “The out­go­ing own­ers ac­tu­ally added a whole new sec­tion to the back of the house, ex­panded the kitchen by eight feet and widened the en­trance be­tween the din­ing room and kitchen to bet­ter unify the two ar­eas.”

In essence, 139 Gir­ton is a shin­ing ex­am­ple of how a care­fully plot­ted ren­o­va­tion project can take a home from good to great. The first or­der of busi­ness was to mod­ern­ize the floor plan in the home’s key area, the kitchen, din­ing room and liv­ing room.

“To do that, the kitchen’s en­trance was en­larged, which opened it up nicely onto the din­ing room. The kitchen was also ex­panded by about eight feet at the back wall to al­low for a nine­foot-long by five-foot-wide gran­ite is­land with break­fast bar — and more room to move,” Wil­liams ex­plains. “The liv­ing room — which has a gas fire­place and crown mould­ing is only steps away across the hall.”

As much as the stately home’s in­te­rior has been mod­ern­ized — wit­ness the sleek, mod­ern kitchen with its Cae­sarS­tone quartz counter tops and solid maple espresso cab­i­nets by Cabico — plus fea­tures such as main floor laun­dry (at the rear of the home) by a mud­room with three coat cu­bi­cles and eight-drawer stor­age sta­tion with (black) honed quartz counter top — it’s the throw­back fea­tures that make it.

First, there’s the pegged oak hard­woods, which harken back to the era in which the home was built, the 1930’s. Then, there are the leaded glass win­dows, high base­boards, chan­de­lier and crown mold­ing in the liv­ing room and a maple stair­case (with white spin­dles and espresso ban­nis­ter) that sweeps ma­jes­ti­cally up to­ward the home’s sec­ond level. In short, it’s a taste­ful fu­sion of mod­ern and clas­sic de­sign el­e­ments.

“Most of the hard­wood floor­ing is orig­i­nal, but it had to be matched with new floor­ing with all the ren­o­va­tions that hap­pened at the back of the house,” he adds. “The ren­o­va­tors did a great job — you can’t tell where the new or old floor­ing is — it was matched to per­fec­tion. This home has been re­done with ex­pen­sive, top-ofthe-line ma­te­ri­als from top to bot­tom.”

MEAN­WHILE, the clas­sic cen­tre floor plan con­tin­ues on to the home’s rear — via oak hard­woods — to a smash­ing fam­ily/me­dia room (as well as the laun­dry/mud­room, de­fined by strik­ing grey tex­tured ce­ramic tile).

“The rear of the home is where all the ma­jor ren­o­va­tions hap­pened,” says Wil­liams. “The fam­ily room, with all its win­dows and grey fea­ture wall with Cosmo SLR di­rect vent gas fire­place is a great place to hang out and watch TV. There’s also a gor­geous three­piece main floor spa bath next to it with heated floor, con­tem­po­rary van­ity and over­size shower with Kohler rain shower head.”

Thanks to the ren­o­va­tions, the home is as ex­pan­sive up­stairs as it is on the main level. And while the three secondary bed­rooms are im­pres­sive (with their re­fin­ished hard­wood floors and sheer vol­ume), it’s the mas­ter bed­room — with its tray ceil­ing, chan­de­lier — and col­lec­tion of huge win­dows — that’s noth­ing short of spec­tac­u­lar in terms of its size, con­ve­niences — and beauty.

“What more can you say other than it’s very, very lux­u­ri­ous with five­piece en­suite with heated ce­ramic tile floor, Paris maple van­ity with dual raised sinks, huge hot tub (set in the same dark ce­ramic tile as the floor) sur­rounded by four win­dows and huge walk-in closet with or­ga­niz­ers by For Space sake,” he says. “It’s just a gor­geous spot.”

Not to be for­got­ten, says Wil­liams, is a de­vel­oped lower level with rec room, cozy brick-sur­rounded gas fire­place — and bonus area at the back.

“It’s a great area with nice big win­dows that come right down on all sides,” he says. “In to­tal, the orginal area is about 860 sq. ft. The ad­di­tion — with two steel beams and huge win­dows — adds about an­other 900 square feet that can be de­vel­oped into what­ever you want — a home gym, me­dia room or even play space. This is one great, re­done char­ac­ter home in a great lo­ca­tion with all the cur­rent ameni­ties you could ask for.”



The liv­ing room fea­tures a warm­ing fire­place, left. Cen­tre: mod­ern fix­tures cre­ate a stylish bath. Right: a mod­ern Cosmo SLR fire­place warms the fam­ily room.

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tended to with metic­u­lous pre­ci­sion in the ren­o­va­tion. The pro­fes­sional grade ap­pli­ances in the kitchen and the re­spect paid to tra­di­tional fin­ishes through­out cre­ate a home that is both mod­ern and clas­sic.

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