Unlike most blogs about a new listing, I’m going to start by introducing you to Barrie the seller of this gorgeous home.
Barrie is the real deal when it comes to home refurbishing and I say that because he does things right. Now I’m not saying he is the only one of his kind but all too often, and you know what I’m talking about, the words “good enough” are used in conjunction with home renovations.
You’ve seen what passes for “renovated” or “upgraded” or even “new”. You walk into a house and begin running a tally on all the things that were “upgraded” but need to be redone properly. How about the examples of laminate floor that pass as professionally installed wherein all the seems line up or worse large gaps by the door jams are left. These visual cues set off your spidy senses and you begin to look for what else was botched. Missing hood fans over stoves, exposed wires, drywall seems, leaky bathroom surrounds and more.
This has started a trend in some buyers who actively seek out houses that have never been updated so they don’t have to buy someone else’s cover up or pay for so called upgrades that have to be re-done.
Then along comes someone like Barrie who restores faith in the individuals that still exist out there that do things right even when that means spending more than anticipated to repair an unforeseen issue and repair it correctly with a touch of “going the extra mile” for good measure.
I’ve had the privilege of working as Barrie’s Realtor® over his past three renovations. Starting with one in Parkview, then in Lynnwood and now on the current one located in Laurier Heights. I helped him both on the purchase end and on the selling end and consider myself a bit of an authority now on Barrie’s competence and integrity.
Barrie I know you’re going to hate this blog but I think you’re an inspiration to many as you create turn key homes in established neighbourhoods that go beyond the initial aesthetics but tend to the behind the scenes things that often get overlooked in a “lipstick and rouge” reno.
This current reno involved creating an open concept, a full ensuite, island kitchen, patio doors off the dining room onto a deck all of which were not present going in.
The list goes on but here is one example of over and above. Homes with the driveway along the side of the house with the garage in the back yard can be problematic not only from the stand point of driving a car between the house and the neighbour’s fence while maneuvering into the door that is usually offset not to mention parking a second car into that double garage. But over time the driveway can begin to slope towards the house and cause water to flow towards it which is not what you want. Don’t forget the now long driveway that has to be shoveled in order to get the car in and out of said garage. Sometimes these configurations are unavoidable like where there is not back alley.
This house however has a back alley so Barrie removed the entire driveway, installed a garage door on the alley side of the garage, had a driveway poured at the back of the garage to the alley and finished off the front of the garage to match the house nicely. Instead of building a deck over top of the old driveway it was removed and the ground properly graded. A fence and some landscaping finished it all off nicely and professionally, eliminating the future problem of having the old driveway under the deck left to slope towards the house. What a ton of work, who does that? Someone who wants to do it right.
I’d love for you to check out his work and come and see this house for yourself. If you don’t live in Edmonton book a flight…it is that good.
Here is the link to the listing with tons of pics:
Here are some teaser pics:
Call me to book a viewing.
Kevin Grenier Realty Executives Polaris