By MARINA SACHT
When you drive up to Meadowwoods you are immediately struck by the feeling of neighbourhood. Even though the project is still under construction it already has a sense of “good neighbouriness”.
Started in February Len Wansbrough expects the project to be completed over the next 24 months.
The Meadowwoods are attractive and affordable 1300 sq ft 2 bedroom and den and 3 bedroom town homes. Offering level entry efficiency living design. 9 foot ceilings, fireplace, stainless appliances plus washer and dryer. Level entry units available. When completed there will be 48 homes.
The appeal of these well built easy lifestyle units is clear. Situated on a hill, they are close to Ladysmith’s new sportsplex and a kids park. There’s lots of walking trails nearby and a good mix of young families, retirees and professional couples nearby. The views are tranquil, yet, Meadowwoods is conveniently located close to shops and town.
“I liked the location near the new community sports fields and surrounded by the new community subdivision,” says Wansbrough who found Ladysmith itself appealing.
“It’s a great waterside community with lots of amenities and shopping as well as an affordable community for working people as well as people contemplating retirement or an easier lifestyle.”
Meadowwoods didn’t sacrifice affordability for attractiveness. The units start at $239,000.
“We designed an affordable town houses with large decks high ceilings an open one level living floor plan. There are no internal stairs which make the internal finished area fully usable,” says Wansbrough.
The soundproofing between living areas includes concrete floor topping double drywall and rez bar to reduce sound and provide a quiet living environment ensuring lots of privacy.
The builders have incorporated green features such as base board heating that allow you to heat rooms being used, R40 insulation in ceilings and 2×6 walls. LOW E windows. recycled content in building products such as gypsum drywall and flooring, water based low VOX paint, and 30 fibreglass shingles. The same consideration is made outdoors with landscaping that includes micro water irrigation system and low water requirement plantings. The builders also used on site recycling program for trades and suppliers.
“The municipality has been great to work with and very responsive to the development,” says Wansbrough. One of the challenges was to design the buildings to fit within a steep topography. They overcame that by bringing in professional architectural and landscape designers into their team to create great environment.
“I’ts been great to work local trades and contractors. Their collaborative approach to finding solutions as issues come up have been inspiring.”
It’s hard to pick one from the many features that Wansbrough likes about the town homes. “Stainless appliances, large bedrooms, high ceilings, large decks, one level living rooms, large in suite storage room, laminate flooring, fireplace, tiled entry, professional landscaping, close to nature, close to parks…” he lists off.
My favorite feature is pet friendly – but you’ll have to visit Meadowwoods and see for yourself how good affordable living can be. Open House Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm. www.meadowwoods.ca 250-245-5533
To view Take 5’s facebook photo album for Meadowwoods, click here.
Some of the suppliers and trades who worked on Meadowwoods: Am Meter Electric, Apex Landscaping & Irrigation, Coastal Trucking, David Stalker Excavating, Harbour View Mortgages, Island Savings Credit Union, Keith Mazurenko Coast Realty, Meadowwoods in Ladysmith