Renovation & Design

Vintage in the best way

Modern and mid-century styles come together in this charming bungalow

Photos by Todd Lewys / Winnipeg Free Press

The L-shaped living room is bright, spacious and functional, with blond hardwood floors flowing throughout the space into the dining room. This 1,130-square-foot bungalow is perfect for a young family.

The recently remodelled kitchen features cinnamon-stained cabinets, black tile backsplash and beige Corian countertops.

Durable Hardie board on the home’s exterior means much less upkeep than wood siding.

The mid-century modern style is prominent in the dining room, with its teak feature wall and copper chandelier, giving the space both warmth and a vintage charm.

The term vintage can be an ambiguous term — especially as it’s applied to houses.

In one instance, it can mean a home, though older, possesses features that endow it with characteristics that give it a timeless quality.

Conversely, the term has a negative connotation. In this instance, a vintage home would be considered outmoded and dated.

Carly Kuppers of Royal LePage Alliance says that 23 Lachine Rd., though it was built way back in 1961, is anything but dated.

"Modern meets mid-century in this lovely 1,130-square-foot bungalow," she says. "Thanks to updates to key areas, such as the kitchen, bathrooms and lower level, the home offers a wonderful balance of mid-century charm and modern style and function."

Kuppers notes that the well-kept bungalow’s L-shaped living room illustrates that modern and mid-century design themes can coexist in perfect harmony.

"Spacious and bright, it features blond hardwood floors and a huge, newer tri-pane picture window that lets in loads of natural light. The dining room — which is tucked away next to the kitchen — has a rear teak feature wall that gives it vintage charm. A stunning light fixture over the dining table adds a modern touch, while fitting in beautifully with the vintage backdrop."

She adds that the adjacent kitchen is as modern as you’ll find in any home, let alone one that’s 58 years old.

"It was recently remodelled with rich cinnamon-stained cabinets, a sleek black tile backsplash, beige Corian countertops, grey vinyl floor and gorgeous stainless steel appliances. There’s a space off to the side that can be used as an eating area, work space or a spot to put in some cabinets to add storage space."

The same grey vinyl flooring found in the kitchen then runs into a private bedroom wing that features a practical mid-century design: three bedrooms, a three-piece bath, and a huge linen closet thrown in for good measure.

And while the home isn’t huge by today’s standards, the four spaces that line the hallway on either side are surprisingly spacious. The master suite is 12.5 feet by 10 feet; the two secondary bedrooms are both roughly 10 feet by 10 feet.

"Not only are the bedrooms larger than expected, they also come with big tri-pane windows and closets with modern built-in organizers," Kuppers says. "The main bath was also updated with a soaker tub with tile surround, grey wainscotting, white vanity with granite countertop and undermounted sink and grey vinyl floor."

Descend to the basement — it adds over 800 sq. ft. of livable space to the home — and you find a thoroughly contemporary lower level.

"It has so much to offer," she says. "There’s a huge rec room with vinyl plank flooring, media area with entertainment unit and pot lights and games/exercise area. There’s also an office/flex space off the games area, an updated three-piece bath with tile shower and glossy white vanity, extra storage and a huge mechanical/laundry room with lots of storage space."

There are more notable updates, Kuppers adds.

"The side doors were replaced, and all the windows on the main floor are newer tri-pane windows that increase energy efficiency. The home’s exterior is also clad with durable Hardie board rather than wood siding. There’s also a good-sized backyard and single-detached garage with parking pad."

Finally, there’s the home’s location.

"It’s mid-block on a mature, quiet street just a short drive from Southdale Shopping Centre and steps from public transit. You can get downtown quickly, and you’re also close to community clubs and parks," she says. "The home is in move-in-ready condition and is the perfect landing spot for a young family."

Location: 23 Lachine Rd., Windsor Park

Year built: 1961

Style: bungalow

Size: 1,130 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: three plus lower-level office

Bathrooms: two

Price: $334,900

Contact: Carly Kuppers, Royal LePage Alliance, 204-479-2572


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