When Grandfield Homes decided to purchase five acres of land in Markham to convert into a cluster of single-family detached homes, the developer’s vision was already set in stone: a collection of 48 luxury residences that will quickly stick out in people’s minds.
For starters, each home nestled within the Oakford community will feature 10-foot ceilings, hardwood flooring, a loft space and five bedrooms that each come with their own bathroom. While these features are typically considered upgrades, the developer has made them standard.
“These are not your typical subdivision homes that will be built in four months,” said Tom Nicholson, Project Manager at Grandfield Homes who has been in the construction industry for more than 35 years.
The community is more upscale than other projects he’s been involved with, he said, as each resident at Oakford will essentially be getting a three-storey home when including the loft space. The homes will also be taller than surrounding residences with one row facing a parkette and another facing an existing street. They’ll range from 3,300 to 4,013 square feet.
“It’s almost like an enclave and it will look unique in that way,” said Nicholson.
It won’t be long before residents can see for themselves, as the elegantly-designed model home is scheduled to open on May 31st. This is when sales will officially begin, and as of this week, there are already more than 1,300 registrants.
As for the rest of the homes, construction on the roads and sewers is set to begin next week, and excavation will start in early August. Occupancy is also slated for late spring 2015.
According to Trent Lin, a project engineer for Grandfield Homes, the Oakford site was strategically designed to provide all residents with direct access to Willowheights Park (pictured above). During the initial planning phase, the team decided to unlock traffic with a network of streets instead of building a typical cul-de-sac.
In terms each home’s luxury feature and finishes, Jacqueline Glass, an interior decorator and owner of Jacqueline Glass & Associates, plans to dress each space in contemporary and traditional overtones — starting with the model home.
“We’ve worked warm and cool tones together, because most people gravitate towards one or the other,” she said. “So what we’ve tried to do is appeal to both of those issues and create that sense of balance.”
Glass continues, noting that she opted for beautiful wallpapers and neutral finishes, like soft mauve hues and whites, and coupled them with bold colours, such as rich eggplant purples and deep wine tones.
“What’s important in any home is the attention to detail. It’s so important in fashion and design, and with our model, there was a great attention to detail with our finishes,” she said. “It will resonate with anyone who walks through it.”
As a nod to the importance of detail, each of the seven layouts has been named after a specific type of wine — like merlot and shiraz — to signify how each home will also grow to become a finer product in the end.
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