Featured in the Winnipeg Free Press on February 20th, 2015.

TODD LEWYS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/A large island provides separation between the kitchen and dining area.

YOU’VE been looking for your dream home for weeks, or even months, when it finally looks like you’ve found the perfect candidate on the MLS website. Full of anticipation, you click from the perfect exterior photo to shots of the home’s interior. In the click of a mouse your mood switches from one of excitement to abject horror. Loaded with brass switch plates, oak kitchen cabinets and almond appliances, the home looks like it came out of a design catalogue from the 1980s. Great location, check. Contemporary interior? Not even close.

According to Scott Moore of RE/MAX Performance Realty, this scenario plays out often in communities such as Lindenwoods. "It’s something I literally hear on a weekly basis – I love the location, but the home’s dated," said Moore. "That’s not the case with this home. If you love Lindenwoods, and want a contemporary, beautiful home, this home (236 Lindenwood Drive East) delivers on every level."

Although the 2,225 four-level split design dates back to 1986, the home feels contemporary on each of its levels. "This home has been updated throughout," said Moore. "The attention to detail is exceptional, and all the finishing materials are quality materials, from the flooring to the carpeting to the light fixtures, door knobs and baseboards. The home may be 30 years old, but the updates have totally transformed it. It feels like a brand new home."

The moment you set foot in the foyer, you feel like you’re looking into the great room of a recently built show home. Walls are painted in neutral earth tones and flooring through the room is warm, six-inch distressed hickory laminate plank. The open-concept plan flows beautifully from the living room to the dining room to the modern island kitchen.

Moore said the main living area was a far cry from its present state prior to being updated. "Before, you had oak railing that defined the kitchen, along with oak cabinets and laminate countertops. Now, there’s a nine-foot by four-foot (black) granite island with seating for three and double sink, new knotty alder cabinets that go beautifully with a taupe glass tile backsplash and stainless-steel appliances."

TODD LEWYS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/Situated beneath a vaulted ceiling, the sunken living room is ideal for entertaining.

The area was also redesigned to ensure it was functional. "The kitchen was actually reduced in size to enlarge the dining room. Now, you can seat four at the island, plus you can have a table that seats 10, or even more — there’s so much space in the dining area."

Light floods into the great room from a huge picture window in the living room, patio doors behind the dining room and a bay window on the rear wall between the dining room and kitchen. "If you enjoy entertaining, the great room is perfect. There’s plenty of room to visit in the living room, and the patio doors lead to a (20-foot by 20-foot) deck with built-in bench seating and a patio. The bay window also creates a little nook that’s perfect for a reading chair or window seat," said Moore.

Meanwhile, the home’s top-most level is extremely family-friendly with three bedrooms and a main bath. "Both secondary bedrooms are larger than normal with huge windows and plenty of closet space, and the main bath is nicely appointed with a knotty alder vanity, granite countertop, dura-ceramic tile floor and soaker tub," he said. "The master suite is enormous (with a huge picture window), and comes with a four-piece ensuite and his and her closets."

The home’s mid-level offers an ideal combination of function, flexibility and unexpected luxury. "There’s a bedroom, ensuite with jetted tub and a large space off the bedroom (with brick fireplace) that could be utilized to turn the area into a granny suite for a parent or older relative — there are only six steps to negotiate," said Moore. "It could also make a nice, private area for a teenager to make their own."

TODD LEWYS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/The ensuite on the mid-level is a great spot to relax with a jetted soaker tub surrounded by rich finishes.

Another six steps down is the home’s lowest level. "There’s two separate areas – one could be used as a games area, the other as a media area," said Moore. "Or, if necessary, the games area could be used as a play area for kids. If you’re going to use it as a rec room, it’s wired for sound."

Not only has the home been updated inside, but those updates also extend outside. "The roof has been redone, as has the soffit and fascia and eavestrough system," said Moore, adding that new vinyl siding was applied to add curb appeal. "Overall, the finishes inside have been blended beautifully with the outside to create a fresh, contemporary look."