By Dan Rankin
Thursday evening in the new Diamondridge Park subdivision, near the intersection of Church and St. Maria Streets, Bickell Built Homes Ltd. held a grand opening at 236 St. Maria Street.
“We’re hoping to do 10 buildings in the subdivision, so that would be 20 units,” said project manager Brett Bickell. “This is the first one we’ve completed. We’ll keep it as a sales centre for the remaining lots that we have. We’ve put a few upgrades in this one, but nothing too fancy.”
The charming, open-concept home has 1,130 sq. ft. on its main floor and 700 more in its finished basement. It features one bedroom with an ensuite bathroom on the main floor, plus another bedroom and bathroom in the basement, with an optional design for two bedrooms downstairs.
“They’ve been designed for main floor living, so the laundry room and a big bathroom are on this floor,” he said. “You can downsize and still have all the amenities of a custom home.”
That includes a back deck overlooking a man-made pond in the backyard, and an 84 on the EnerGuide energy efficiency scale.
Bickell was excited about putting the town’s new lot coverage rules, which came into effect in January, to use for these homes. “We can now build the home a little wider, as far as percentage of lot,” he said. “You can build a bigger footprint on a lot now. Part of the reason we lobbied for that was so we could have these bigger, wheelchair accessible bathrooms.”
The main entrance to the main floor bathroom features a 36” door. “You can get a wheelchair in here and turn it around,” he said. “Our population is getting older, so you need that.”
Three other units are over half complete.
The home will also be open from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday.