IN­NER: In­fill homes

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“There is a lot of com­pe­ti­tion in the ren­o­va­tion in­dus­try — even some new home builders are get­ting into it,” says Kathrens out­side the fence that sur­rounds the prop­erty at 3801 14th Street S.W. “Our new brand is ded­i­cated to build­ing in­fill in­nercity homes, although we will con­tinue to pro­vide ma­jor ren­o­va­tion ser­vices un­der the Chan­nel name as well.”

What Nuvo Ur­ban plans to cre­ate is a pair of flat-roofed, semi-de­tached homes — with an above-grade mea­sure­ment of 1,945 square feet on one side and 2,138 square feet on the other. Each will have a de­tached, dou­ble rear garage.

“These at­tached homes will also have fully-fin­ished base­ments, fourth-level loft/ bal­conies, and dra­matic stair­cases open over all four levels,” says Kathrens, who de­signed the homes.

The homes will likely carry price tags in the high $700,000 to low $800,000 range when com­plete in about eight months, he says.

For Nuvo, the Al­ta­dore du­plex is the com­pany’s se­cond project. A cus­tom home was com­pleted in Var­sity Es­tates ear­lier this year. “But I think our ini­tial ef­forts will be on semi-de­tached homes, and we are cur­rently look­ing at other in­ner-city lots.”

Just hav­ing signs on the lot has gen­er­ated some in­ter­est from peo­ple look­ing for a new home in an es­tab­lished area that is al­ready lib­er­ally spot­ted with in­fill homes.

“Be­ing con­tem­po­rary, lo­cated where it is, and given the size, I think the de­mo­graphic of the buyer will be be­tween 30 and 45, a pro­fes­sional cou­ple with or with­out kids,” says Kathrens.

To al­low for dif­fer­ences in fam­ily makeup, one home is a dou­ble mas­ter floor plan and the other is the more typ­i­cal three-bed­room de­sign.

When the ex­ist­ing home is lev­elled, it will bring to an end “the house of rock,” says Kathrens.

Over its life, the bun­ga­low, owned for years by Martin and Deb­o­rah Kathrens, has been home and prac­tice fo­rum to three bands, the lat­est called In­ner City El­e­gance that in­cludes drum­mer Spencer Kathrens.

“The neigh­bours have been very pa­tient. And we said that once Spencer moves out we’ll de­mol­ish it — well, it’s time,” says Martin Kathrens.

Cour­tesy, Nuvo Ur­ban Home­craft

The first pro­ject for Nuvo Ur­ban Home­craft was this home in Var­sity Es­tates that was com­pleted ear­lier this year.

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