The ultimate compliment for an infill home is that it doesn’t look like one.
That’s the case with 95 Borebank St., says Chris Pennycook of Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate.
"It looks like it’s been here forever," he says of the 1,900-square-foot, two-storey design, which blends in seamlessly with its surroundings on a mature, 25-foot-wide lot. "The mission of Paragon Design Builders — who collaborated on the design of the home with Dlux Design — is to usher in a new era of infill homes."
So much so, in fact, that longtime residents have no issues with the home and the second two-storey infill next to it.
"A neighbour who’s been here for 49 years commented on how well the home fits in with the neighbourhood," Pennycook says. "They said the overall experience — the tear-down of the old home, the 10-month build and the finished product, which preserved the traditional look of a River Heights home — was great."
Indeed, with its full-face brick veneer exterior and black-trimmed, latticed windows, 95 Borebank is a bonafide River Heights classic, albeit a newly minted one.
Step inside and it features a bright, roomy interior that deftly blends classic and contemporary design themes — a welcome departure from older, turn-of-the-century designs that were often filled with a seemingly random collection of dim, disjointed spaces.
"Once inside, the home doesn’t feel like it’s on a 25-foot-wide lot — it has a spacious feel," he says. "The foyer opens nicely on to an open-concept great room, with gorgeous staircase with an off-white wainscotted wall to the left that contrasts beautifully with dark, solid oak stairs. A nine-foot ceiling and big windows surrounding the great room give it a bright, airy feel."
While the free-flowing great room feels thoroughly contemporary, it’s interspersed with yesteryear features, such as a classic white tile-trimmed fireplace in the living room, buffet niche with latticed piano windows set up high behind the dining area in the centre, more wonderful wainscotting across from the dining area — and high baseboards featuring ornately routed top edges.
A host of functional, modern design features — including warm, textured engineered oak hardwoods — were then seamlessly woven into the design of the great room, Nigel Furgus of Paragon Design Build says.
"Not only do you get a spacious kitchen with eight-foot quartz island with walnut base and quartz countertops, white maple cabinets and a white subway tile backsplash, but you also get a powder room, mudroom and a door that leads out to a covered deck at the end of the kitchen. We put a lot of thought into the design to the entire area and the home as a whole."
That same attention to detail is evident in the home’s bright, efficiently designed second level.
Both secondary bedrooms are oversized, with large windows and ample storage space. The four-piece main bath is surprisingly luxurious, and there’s even a huge second-floor laundry room with window that lets in additional daylight.
Then, there’s the master suite — a generous, light-filled space that was built over the rear-oriented, attached double garage.
"We actually put in what we call a hot box under the floor to eliminate any cool zones and make for a nice, warm space," Furgus says. "It’s also a beautiful space throughout."
That beauty starts with an elegant coffered ceiling that was custom-designed by Dlux Design & Co, then built onsite by a carpenter. A luxurious ensuite adds another welcome touch of elegance, Pennycook says.
"It’s a gorgeous space that features a herringbone tile floor, walnut vanity with quartz countertop that was built onsite, six-foot soaker tub with marble-style tile surround and a five-foot glass/tile shower with tile surround. There’s also a huge walk-in closet with walnut veneer shelving and tile floor."
Finally, there’s the fully finished lower level, which is anything but ordinary.
"Because basements in River Heights can be an issue, we used the best materials and systems available — an insulated concrete form (ICF) foundation and wood structural floor," Furgus says. "That combination will better resist shifting, and will be warmer than a conventional basement."
With a nine-foot ceiling, rec room, fourth bedroom, four-piece bath a wealth of pot lights for well-balanced illumination and ample storage space, 95 Borebank’s basement finishes the home off perfectly.
Val Miller of Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate, who’s marketing the home with Pennycook, says the custom-designed infill home fills a unique niche.
"With infill projects like this, people who want to buy a new home but don’t want to leave a neighbourhood they love can get into a new home without having to move. Most importantly, the home fits well into River Heights with its contemporary, traditional design."
Builder: Paragon Design Build
Address: 95 Borebank St., North River Heights
Size: 1,900 square feet
Price: $799,900 (Includes lot and GST)
Contact: Chris Pennycook or Val Miller, Royal LePage Dynamic Real Estate, 204-989-5000
Open House: Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
Manitoba’s residential construction awards season is in full swing following another very successful Spring Parade of Homes. The MHBA recently presented the 2019 New Home Sales Agent Awards to this year’s outstanding new-home sales agents at the 2019 Spring Parade of Homes reception.
On May 2, the MHBA’s Renovation of the Year Awards will be held, celebrating the best home renovation projects completed over the past year. These events recognize the best of the best in new-home sales, new-home construction and home renovations in our province and focus attention on the tremendous work our industry has done over the past year.
Manitoba’s Spring Parade of Homes, along with the Winnipeg Renovation Show and the Winnipeg Home and Garden Show, are spectacular showcase events for the Manitoba residential construction industry in the late winter and early spring, as people prepare and plan for the 2019 construction season. The Parade of Homes especially showcases the MHBA’s homebuilding members, allowing those buying new homes a unique chance to see the latest in new-home options and the newest trends in home style and design. Most people aren’t aware Manitoba’s parades of homes are the largest in Canada.
While the MHBA’s parades receive a lot of attention when they are in full swing, it’s important to remember the show homes featured in the parades are open year-round.
The spring and summer months offer a great opportunity to visit show homes between the spring and fall parades.
Traffic will be a little lighter and parking a little easier to find at show homes during this time of year. Visiting during the summer months also allows you to see many of the home features, such as air conditioning, in full operation.
So, where can you find out information on show-home locations and hours? You can visit the MHBA website at homebuilders.mb.ca and click on the "Parade of Homes" tab. There, you can find all of the Parade of Homes show homes with contact information to set up a private viewing. As well, you can find a digital version of the most recent parade magazine. You can also find a full listing of the MHBA’s sales-award winners for new-home sales agents.
Show homes featured in the MHBA Parade of Homes are open for business year-round for your viewing and visiting pleasure. The spring and summer months are a great time to visit these show homes to see what’s new in home design. Our members look forward to your visit!
Lanny McInnes is president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association.