From seedy ware­house to spa show­case

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - DAVID SQUARE

IT’S not al­ways the case that a son and his fa­ther be­come closer through an en­tre­pre­neur­ial re­la­tion­ship. But Mike Su­doski Jr. and his fa­ther man­aged to do it and achieve re­mark­able re­sults in the process. “When I was young, my grand­fa­ther took me to base­ball and hockey games be­cause my fa­ther was busy build­ing his pool and spa com­pany,” said Su­doski Jr. In 2003, he was in­vited to join the busi­ness his fa­ther worked hard to es­tab­lish, Crown Spas and Pools in St. James. “We hit it off im­me­di­ately,” re­called Su­doski Jr. “My dad taught me the busi­ness, but, at the same time, he al­lowed me to make my own de­ci­sions.” To­day, the tight re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two has led to the mas­sive ren­o­va­tion of an 11,000-square-foot build­ing at 760 Cen­tury St. The for­mer over­flow ware­house is be­ing trans­formed into a long-held dream of Su­doski Jr. “For years, I’ve en­vi­sioned an in­door area large enough to house spas and pools, sur­rounded by hard­scapes to give clients a re­al­is­tic view of what a sim­i­lar setup in their yards would look like,” Su­doski Jr. said, adding pa­tio fur­ni­ture and other out­door ameni­ties will also be dis­played. To this end, he worked with Bark­man to de­sign and build dis­plays that fea­ture many of their stone pavers, as well as the out­door fire­places, kitchens, bars and coun­ter­tops in the com­pany’s Kitchen Grove and Stone Oa­sis se­ries. The sales and in­for­ma­tion desk at the en­trance is con­structed of rough-face stones capped with a coun­ter­top with a flat black fin­ish. On the op­po­site side of the aisle is a Bark­man out­door bar kit with a curved top that re­tails for $970 and can be as­sem­bled by DIYers or even those with no con­struc­tion ex­pe­ri­ence. A Bark­man out­door Kitchen Grove kit is set up a lit­tle fur­ther into the huge build­ing. Though not all eight pieces of the col­lec­tion are on dis­play, the com­plete unit in­cludes a bar­be­cue grill, a side burner, a bar counter, a bar with fridge, a prep sta­tion, a pizza oven and end units. The cen­tre of the in­door fa­cil­ity is graced by an Oa­sis se­ries fire­place, re­tail­ing for $3,750, with a wood box. “Also on dis­play is an Oa­sis wa­ter­fall — which in­cludes stone, plumb­ing and pump — for $2,700,” said Su­doski Jr., adding the Bark­man col­lec­tion will likely be the largest in­door one of its kind in Win­nipeg. Wayne Wiebe, Bark­man’s re­gional sales manager, said he’s ex­cited Su­doski Jr. has be­come a Bark­man dealer and cho­sen Bark­man pa­tio slabs to cover part of the floor in the reno. “Even though they look like weath­ered wood, the slabs are con­crete, with a re­al­is­tic wood tex­ture cre­ated from ac­tual wood planks,” said Wiebe. Avail­able in cedar brown or weath­ered grey, he said the planks will never fade, rot, warp or splin­ter like wood. Be­cause the planks are a popular new prod­uct

Crown Spas and Pools cus­tom builds sev­eral out­door spas each year. West­ern red cedar gives a classy look to the ex­te­rior of this tub. Cus­tom made spas fea­ture

jets where cus­tomers want them, as well as pow­er­ful mo­tors to cre­ate higher wa­ter pres­sure for hy­dro ther­apy.

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