INNER: Infill homes
“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.
The first project for Nuvo Urban Homecraft was this home in Varsity Estates that was completed earlier this year.