What I bought

A cre­ative ap­proach to condo shop­ping and de­sign

NOW Magazine - SuiteLife - - Suitelife - By SAB­RINA MAD­DEAUX Pho­tos by DAVID HAWE

What to do when you de­cide to move in with your boyfriend and have a condo wish list the length of your arm? If you’re Whit­ney Pizale, owner of W Events, and fi­ancé Ryan Dzierniejko, you scoop up a space in Im­pe­rial Lofts at Ade­laide and Sher­bourne and start from scratch. Pizale and Dzierniejko gut­ted the en­tire unit ex­cept for the kitchen and built their dream home. They put in new hard­wood floors, added re­claimed brick to en­hance the “loft” feel, turned the stor­age room into a pow­der room with a hid­den closet for laun­dry and ex­panded the master bed­room to dou­ble its size so they could fit in a bath­tub and glass rain shower.

“We were able to de­sign the lay­out ex­actly how we wanted it,” says Pizale. “Kids weren’t on the hori­zon for us, so we scrapped the sec­ond bed­room in favour of a cus­tom- de­signed 200-square-foot walk-in closet.”

What they ended up with is a chic mod­ern space with great art pieces the two have col­lected over the years. Orig­i­nal condo bud­get $500,000-$800,000 Unit price $ 460,000 in 2009, plus $65,000 for ren­o­va­tions Wish list To be within walk­ing dis­tance of the fi­nan­cial dis­trict (where Dzierniejko works), an open- con­cept unit with a great en­ter­tain­ing space, ex­posed brick and two wash­rooms. “Our space only had one wash­room and no ex­posed brick when we bought it, but we wrote a con­di­tion into the pur­chase agree­ment stat­ing that we’d ac-

cept the deal sub­ject to the condo board’s ap­proval of our ren­o­va­tions.” Num­ber of prop­er­ties seen Fewer than 10. “We had a great real es­tate agent (Scott Shal­low of Brad Lamb Realty) who was in­ti­mately fa­mil­iar with the down­town condo/loft mar­ket. We told him our wish list, and he gave us a list of build­ings that fit our cri­te­ria.” What they got A 1,425-square-foot, twobed­room loft (although the sec­ond bed­room is now a closet). What they say about the neigh­bour­hood “We love our neigh­bour­hood! When we first bought, the area was pretty quiet. It’s re­ally chang­ing with all the new con­dos go­ing up. I also love be­ing able to walk to the St. Lawrence Mar­ket.”

Whit­ney Pizale

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