Property of the Week: An Award-Winning, Craftsman-Style Home in Renfrew

First built in 1913, this home has been carefully maintained and renovated over the years, and even won an award for its renovations.

Photo courtesy of Ush Flynn.

Where it is

625 12 Ave. N.E.


The renovation

This home was originally built in 1913 as one of five houses in a row built by the same family. In 1993, the home’s current owner purchased it, and in 1996, they began the first of many renovations.

Initially, the owner updated the home’s exterior with new shingles, a restored staircase and new colours to enhance the architectural details of the woodwork. In 2008, the owner took on a major renovation to tackle issues like little headroom in the basement, signs of asbestos and structural stability issues. Over three years, the house was raised to replace the old foundation, energy-saving insulation was installed, new windows were added while keeping the location of the original windows and a second storey was added, alongside many more renovations.

A few features from the original structure were included in the new renovations. A brick flower bed in the backyard was built using the original brick from the 1913 chimney. All cast-iron, cold-air grilles from the 1913 period were refinished and reused in the renovation as well. In 2013, the renovations on the home won the prestigious SAM award for best single-family home renovation with addition in Calgary and Region.


What to love

As a classic craftsman-style home with modern amenities, there’s plenty to love about this home. The home’s exterior is a bright and timeless display of craftsman-style architecture.

Inside, the main floor has its own office with access to the living room and a gas fireplace. Large windows infuse the space with a warm light that plays off the many natural wood accents. The kitchen boasts a striking granite island, stainless steel appliances, under-cabinet lighting and a pantry. The serene dining room is a dinner retreat with space, light and a view of the backyard.

Upstairs, an upper-level sunroom is perfect for a home library, exercise space or sitting room for even more relaxation. The primary bedroom has double French doors, two skylights inside, four ample closets, two built-in dressers and plenty of space. The spa-like ensuite continues the luxuriousness with in-floor heating, a steam shower, a soaker/massage jetted tub, a double vanity and a large makeup station.

Outside, the backyard boasts mature trees, garden boxes and perennials.


What to consider

This home is conveniently located just minutes from downtown and 16th Avenue N.E., with plenty of local schools within walking or driving distance. Prince’s Island Park and nearby golf courses and parks offer additional options for walking or biking.


The stats

1,592 square feet
Three bedrooms
Three bathrooms
Upper-level sunroom
Heated double detached garage
2013 SAM Award for Best Home Renovation with Addition in Calgary and Region


Listed for $1,180,000 with Jilene Ruby of RE/MAX iRealty Innovation.


Inside the Home

Photo courtesy of Ush Flynn.

This is how the craftsman-style home looked in 1993 before it was renovated.


Photo courtesy of Ush Flynn.

And this is how the home looks now. Since it was purchased and renovated, the home has a new and charming look that enhances its architectural appeal.


Photo courtesy of Ush Flynn.

Inside the home, warm lighting and wood accents create a soothing feel throughout the space.


Photo courtesy of Ush Flynn.

The modern kitchen features an informal dining area, island seating, plenty of cabinet space and a pantry.


Photo courtesy of Ush Flynn.

For more formal or private dinners, the formal dining room offers a cozy and bright space to dine with friends and family.


Photo courtesy of Ush Flynn.

The upper-level sunroom can easily be converted into a library, yoga retreat, seating space or something else, depending on your home goals.


Photo courtesy of Ush Flynn.

The primary bedroom is a retreat of its own with double French doors, warm decor and a luxurious ensuite.


Photo courtesy of Ush Flynn.

The spa-worthy ensuite is outfitted with everything you need for maximum relaxation, from the soaker tub to the glass shower.


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