The three-quarter of a million dollar 2012 Kinsmen Dream Home is anything but ordinary.
Tucked away in the Southbrook subdivision off of 40th Avenue, the 2,351-square-foot, two-storey, three-bedroom and three-bathroom house is the top prize in this year’s Kinsmen Dream Home draw.
“It’s been great for us,” said Chris Bourke, Kinsmen club of Red Deer vice-president and dream home chair. “To give you an actual dollar value of what it has earned over the years, I don’t think I’d be able to do that. It’s in the millions that we’ve been able to give back.”
Built by Ammonite Developments on a corner lot, the $770,000 home, located at 2 Sutherland Cl. is the 31st to be offered as the grand prize of the annual fundraiser, the largest for the Kinsmen club of Red Deer.
“Traditionally we end up with a couple of hundred thousand dollars afterwards that we are able to give back to the various groups,” said Bourke.
Some of those groups include Red Deer Minor Pond Hockey, Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter, the food bank and cystic fibrosis.
Although it has been a few years since the dream home was a sellout, there is still a significant amount of money donated to various community organizations from the event.
“A sellout is about $1.3 million,” said Bourke. “Of that, once everything is said and done, we end up with $200,000 to $300,000 we’re able to put back.”
Chris Stelmack, a contractor and house builder, said the home took about six months to build, which is much faster than it would typically take, but they had additional help from other trades and contractors to expedite the process.
“It’s a pretty big push for a house this size, with this many features,” said Stelmack. “There were a lot more people involved in it this time.”
The Kinsmen approached Stelmack with a dollar amount and asked what could be built. Stelmack then went to his tradespeople and they set the wheels in motion to complete the house.
“It has a lot of upgraded features. The suppliers and trades have stepped up in a big way to make this happen,” said Stelmack. “We’ve done everything from hardwood to a flowing staircase, hardwood staircase up and down. We have plank flooring in the basement, we have a high efficiency boiler system in the basement.”
He also said there were green measures throughout, including an energy efficient hot water heater.
The kitchen features a gas stove top, a microwave above oven separated from the stove top, a French door fridge with a bottom freezer drawer and a stone countertop with dual sink.
The living room features a gas fireplace with a television above it. The living room and dining room area, which are adjacent to the kitchen, lead onto the back deck and the yard area.
The basement has a wine cellar, bar area, with fridge and sink and a media room with a bar countertop, with stools and a flat screen television with 7.1 surround sound. There is also a full bathroom in the basement.
The second floor features three bedrooms and two bathrooms, with one being an ensuite.
The master ensuite has separate bathtub and shower, heated floors, with a small gas fireplace by the tub, and a large walk in closet.
The clothes washer and dryer is located adjacent to the second bathroom.
There is also a secondary media room, which Stelmack said was more designed for kids. It does feature another big screen television with surround sound, but also has plenty of room for children’s toys and activities.
Viewings and ticket sales at the house start this Saturday at 1 and go until 5 p.m. and will run every Saturday and Sunday form 1 to 5 p.m. until Christmas. After Christmas it will happen every day at the same time until the New Year’s Eve draw.
Tickets are one for $100 or three for $250. They can also be purchased from Sproule’s Mountainview IDA Drug, 3757 43rd Ave.; Buy and Sell By Photo, 210 4747 67th Ave.; and at Servus Credit Union locations throughout Central Alberta. Tickets are also available by calling 403-356-3900 or online at www.reddeerkinsmen.com/dreamhome.