More than you bar­gained for

Cro­cus 2 makes new homes af­ford­able

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

IF you’re on a tight bud­get, pur­chas­ing a new home can be a fi­nan­cial stretch. That means sev­eral de­mo­graph­ics – from grow­ing fam­i­lies to young cou­ples to empty nesters – can find it dif­fi­cult to af­ford a brand new home. Bear­ing that in mind, Odessy Homes has come to the fore with a new de­sign, a 1,000 sq. ft. bi-level de­sign called The Cro­cus 2. “With those three groups, af­ford­abil­ity can be a real is­sue,” said Odessy Homes’ sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Cen­tury 21 Car­rie.com’s Lilita Klavins. “That’s not the case with The Cro­cus 2. A cou­ple with an in­come of $54,000 can af­ford this home, mak­ing it an ideal starter home, or great down­siz­ing op­tion.” That’s great news, in­deed. That said, a burning ques­tion quickly arises: Ex­actly what do you get in a 1,000 sq. ft. home (not in­clud­ing base­ment) that checks in with a price tag of just $272,000? You ac­tu­ally get more than you bar­gained for, said Klavins. “We’ve taken the top-down ap­proach with this home. If need be, to make the home even more af­ford­able, we can knock the price down to un­der $264,000 by tak­ing out a de­sign fea­ture here and there, and go­ing with more ba­sic fin­ishes,” she said. “This home is all about pro­vid­ing buy­ers with af­ford­abil­ity.” For an­other $10,000 or so, the home’s fin­ish­ing qual­ity is im­pres­sive. In­cluded in the price of $272,000 are some fine fea­tures: cap­puc­cino maple cab­i­nets in the kitchen, rich-look­ing (and durable) lam­i­nate plank floor­ing that’s dif­fi­cult to dis­tin­guish from hard­woods, maple base­boards and du­rac­e­ramic tile floor­ing in both the foyer and main bath. “You also get a white sub­way tile back­splash and taupe lam­i­nate coun­ter­tops in the kitchen,” said Klavins, adding dur­ing the Spring Pa­rade of Homes, buy­ers can pur­chase an ap­pli­ance pack­age for only $1,500. “Even though it’s been de­signed to be af­ford­able, this is a re­ally nice home. It’s not a ‘set­tle-for’ home; it ac­tu­ally come with a lot of things that are on peo­ple’s wish lists.” While The Cro­cus 2’s fin­ish­ing qual­ity is im­pres­sive for a home priced less than $300,000, so too is its lay­out. The main living area — a.k.a. the great room – is a sim­ple, yet ef­fi­cient (rec­tan­gu­lar) de­sign con­tains a 13-foot by 12-foot living room, 13-foot by nine-foot dining room, a func­tional U-shaped kitchen and sep­a­rate mud room to the rear of the kitchen. Thanks to its am­ple width – and sev­eral well-place win­dows – it’s an area that pos­sesses a high-func­tion quo­tient. “I think the de­sign works be­cause the lay­out is so well-pro­por­tioned,” she said. “Whether you’re in the living room, dining room or kitchen, you never feel as if you lack space. Not only that, but there’s also plenty of light that comes in from a large pic­ture win­dow

There is am­ple width in the main living area and plenty of well-placed win­dows.

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