Spearhead Drive

Purpose of renovation and construction challenges

  • Previous 3 storey 1000 sq. ft. rental unit last updated 1989
  • Challenging cramped original design and layout
  • Strata rules negate moving walls, replacing windows, deck rail
  • Improve functionality of layout, better durability for rentals, increased storage, improved warmth, ease of access to laundry and drying space, updated contemporary design
  • Provide better performing family kitchen 

Efficient use of space

  • Removed step and stair railing increasing entrance space
  • Opened area under stairs, created laundry area
  • Removed stepped hearth now flush with floor
  • Remodeled second bath, updated tile, new vanity, wall to wall mirror and glass enclosed shower gives impression of larger space
  • Double sided peninsula increases storage and efficiency
  • Improved efficiency in master bedroom closet
  • Re-designed window seat with storage under
  • Opened-up kitchen to improve circulation and function

Creativity and finishing details

  • Replaced carpet on stairs with wood
  • Flush hearth and fireplace wall tile clad lends height and depth to room
  • Glass replaces rail on stairs, peek-a-boo glass installation in wall expands visual, natural light
  • Efficient white gloss kitchen, upscale stainless appliances, chimney hood, stainless under-mount sink with goose neck faucet in Quartz top, flip up micro storage
  • Minimized post at end of peninsula
  • New lighting all around, including under cabinet lighting,
  • Removed bulkhead in bathroom, installed glass enclosed shower, marble surround on bath, glass pivot door, enlarged vanity, wall to wall mirror, heated floors
  • Custom faux leather paneled wall replaces headboard in master bedroom
  • Custom blinds

Environmental considerations (energy efficiency, comfort, health)

  • Replaced garage door, door into house
  • In-floor heat in bath & kitchen, heated towel bars
  • Upgraded fans, low flush toilets
  • LED lighting with dimmers on all lights
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Replaced wood burning fireplace with efficient gas for primary heating
  • New high-efficient heaters

Construction details/techniques to achieve industry best practices

  • Installed aqua trip leak protection
  • Installed cable & phone outlets in bedrooms
  • Heat grill installed above fireplace 
  • Schluter membranes and integrated shower pans
  • Re sealed all windows with rod and caulk