John Bryk points out that people are amazed to discover the building comes with adjacent underground heated parking, as well as a connected multi-storey garage that is itself one of the most iconic buildings in Winnipeg. To be sure, residents will not have a concern about where they can store vehicles. Guests can even drive right up to floor level and enter the building almost at a condo’s front door from the 375-car circular garage located on Garry Street just behind the Denman Building at 238 Portage.
design, an approach indicative of quality and design consistency.
“We sought to build in wow factor,” says Bryk. “This is why we kept ceiling heights to 10 feet.” Indeed, the combination of high ceilings and window wall contribute to the jaw dropping open feeling of the condo.
A beautiful free-standing tub installed by Parson’s Plumbing adds a luxurious touch to the master ensuite, as does the custom shower and water closet glass from Fort Rouge Glass.
The people at Fort Rouge Glass also offered their skills to make the display condo sing. Well known as a point company for unique glass products, Fort Rouge supplied all the custom shower glass and water closet glass, as well as mirrors, a glass partition in the ensuite, and large sliding glass doors to the master
suite. What this achieved was a continuance of the openness and loft feel of the residence. According to Bryk, the idea was to create a display condo to show people just how great the concept could be. “Everything in the building is completely new, from the wiring to the plumbing to the heating systems. We completely redid the building from the ground up. Buyers can now decide between
The flooring in the fifth floor display was all handled by Curtis Carpets, a Manitoba firm that specializes in higher end finishes with carpeting and hardwood materials. “It was important to offer products that worked with a design that was anything but cookie cutter,” says Curtis Carpets’ sales associate Ron Ivsek. “We could see that these condos were targeted to the urban professional, so we came up with a colour palette and material selection that would say contemporary,” he states. Ivsek comments further that while many customers turn to them at the end of the design stage, the team at 238 Portage considered the finishes early on in the Summer 2014 | STYLE MANITOBA | 69