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A duplex that doesn't feel like one

Hethrington-built homes offer surprising amount of space and build quality

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The front yard of 504 Beresford Avenue, a new home for sale in Lord Roberts.

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The duplex features nine-foot-high ceilings, as seen in the great room.

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The master bedroom of 504 Beresford Ave. is seperated by the second bedroom by a laundry room and bathroom.

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A big picture window in the front lets in lots of natural light.

Building an infill home is a tricky proposition.

In most cases, builders have to work with a small lot, which not only makes it necessary to build up rather than out, but the lack of depth also limits backyard space. Hence, while there might be room for a compact deck and low-maintenance backyard, there’s no space left over for a garage.

At the same time — in an effort to maximize profits — a builder may build a basic home without piles and with a standard concrete foundation.

A new duplex found at 504 Beresford Ave. is anything but standard, says Tod Niblock of Royal LePage Top Producers.

"Not all infills are created the same," he says. "The builder, Yuri Flaherty of the Hethrington Group, did everything to city specifications and above. The home — as well as the other duplex next to it — is piled, and comes with an ICF (Insulated Concrete Form) basement. The home’s exterior is also comprised of Hardie board, stucco and sagiper. Construction quality is very high."

In what was the perfect building storm, the two lots — which measure in at a combined 50 feet wide by 125 deep — came available about a year ago.

That extra bit of width and depth (some turn-of-the-century lots are as narrow as 23 feet wide) allowed for two duplexes to be built side-by-side without feeling like they were jammed together into a tiny, space-restricted area.

Thanks to that extra bit of space, the show home at 504 Beresford Ave. feels sufficiently spacious.

"It offers two self-contained suites," says Hal McLaughlin of Sutton Group — Kilkenny, who’s co-marketing the duplex with Niblock. "Ceilings were made nine feet high to create a feeling of space; the main level suite actually has a vaulted ceiling. Its main living also has a big picture window on its front wall that lets in lots of natural light."

Finishes are also impressive.

The kitchen features white soft-close thermofoil cabinets and drawers, off-white quartz countertops, a four-foot quartz island, undermounted stainless steel sinks and stainless LG appliances slated to complement the modern finishes. Medium-brown luxury vinyl plank flooring runs through the main living area and into the bedrooms wing.

McLaughlin says the layouts of both dwellings — the upper-level suite checks in at 985 square feet, while the lower level (which is accessed via a private side entrance) is a bit smaller at 880 sq. ft. — are as impressive as the efficient layout.

"Take the bedroom wing on the main floor. It’s set off to the side with one bedroom up front. The master suite is at the end of the hallway with a laundry room and four-piece bath in between the two bedrooms to create some nice separation. It comes with a three-piece and ensuite with walk-in shower and big walk-in closet."

Even though the main floor is a shade under 1,000 sq. ft., space isn’t lacking. The great room is big and bright, and both bedrooms are generously proportioned. The same applies for the lower level, where there’s no shortage of space or light.

Meanwhile, heating and cooling comes via a high-efficient natural gas furnace with air conditioner. All windows are dual pane low-e argon-filled units, which will team with the furnace, ICF foundation and high insulation values (attic with blown-in R60 insulation and walls with R22 insulation) to create two very energy-efficient living spaces.

In short, the cutting-edge duplex has much to offer because no important detail has been overlooked, Niblock says.

"You’re getting brand-new construction and two fully self-contained units with modern layouts and finishes in a mature neighbourhood that’s only half a block from restaurants, a pub, a grocery store (Safeway), theatre and more. The modern duplex design makes for a perfect owner occupied property, or revenue property."

McLaughlin says the location and quality of the livable, value-packed duplex is second to none.

"It’s in a great spot. You’re just five minutes from downtown in a beautiful, walkable neighbourhood that’s a short walk from all kinds of conveniences. Most importantly, the duplex is very well built. Construction quality is excellent, there’s lots of sound insulation between floors, and it offers an affordable way to get into a new home in a very central location."

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The details

 

Builder: Hethrington Group

Address: 504 Beresford Ave., Lord Roberts

Style: duplex

Size: 985 sq. ft. upper unit; 880 sq. ft. lower level unit

Bedrooms: two bedrooms per unit

Bathrooms: two baths per unit

Price: $465,000

Contact: Hal McLaughlin, Sutton Group — Kilkenny Real Estate, 204-229-5619 or Tod Niblock, Royal LePage Top Producers, 204-989-7938

Open house: Sunday Aug. 25, 2 to 4 p.m.

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