Varsity Wins The House Another Winner Of The Saskatoon Kinsmen Lottery

says Mark Kendracchuk, owner of On the Mark Custom and home builder.

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For the past couple of years, people have had to use technology and their imaginations to almost watch the home lottery prize given by the Kinsmen Club in Saskatoon.

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With the lifting of pandemic restrictions, this year’s lottery house is now open for viewing in person. The attractive $1.5 million show home is located at 1125 13th Street East on Varsity View.

says Mark Kendracchuk, owner of On the Mark Custom and home builder.

This is the fifth consecutive home designed and built for the Kinsmen Lottery by Oxbow Architecture and On the Mark. All five homes have been filled in, setting the Kinsmen lottery apart from other home lotteries in the city.

“The refilled homes have done really well for their relatives,” Kindrachuk says. “This is the third home we built for them in Varsity View, out of the five. They were all unique and different in their own way. I think this is one of my favorites, but I say it every year.”

This year’s sweepstakes home is a modern oasis, measuring 3,800 square feet across three floors, with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.

“We call this a modern wedge house design. When you stand outside looking at the house, it is wedge-shaped. It is very modest on the outside. When people walk inside, they are very surprised,” says Kendracchuk.

“You should be open to design possibilities whenever you design a block house. This look has a fairly modern look on the outside, but the house’s pine accents blend in with the neighborhood tree canopy. We want to design these homes to fit in with the neighborhood, but also not look like any Another house you see.”

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On The Mark Custom Home Builders created a unique backyard retreat at this year's Kinsmen Grand Prix show, located on Varsity View at 1125 13th St.  E. The custom deck is topped with an open roof system that provides privacy and shelter while still inviting views of the sky and tree canopy.
On The Mark Custom Home Builders created a unique backyard retreat at this year’s Kinsmen Grand Prix show, located on Varsity View at 1125 13th St. E. The custom deck is topped with an open roof system that provides privacy and shelter while still inviting views of the sky and tree canopy. Photo by Eileen Mark /D&M Pictures

There’s plenty to explore at home, from the spacious sunroom-style foyer with full-length south-facing windows and floor-to-ceiling built-in wardrobes.

The main floor of the house is bright and open, with an 18-foot-high vaulted ceiling. A large skylight emphasizes the feeling of spaciousness.

On The Mark always makes wood the star of their lottery houses. This year, white oak is in the spotlight.

“All wood has a natural finish. We built a custom white oak dining room table to complement the matte finish of the engineered white oak floors that run throughout the main and second floors. All custom milling and construction was done by Boreal Woodworkers, a division of our company” , says Kindrachuk.

The large galley-style kitchen is the centerpiece of the main floor, decorated with beautiful floor-to-ceiling cabinets.

“People always comment on the abundance of built-in closets and storage in the lottery homes we built,” Kindrachuk says.

The quartz-clad island provides a uniquely curved look, perfect for preparing food and entertaining guests lounging steps away in the living room.

Large windows capture views of the lottery house's backyard deck, creating a sense of indoor and outdoor living.
Large windows capture views of the lottery house’s backyard deck, creating a sense of indoor and outdoor living. Photo by Eileen Mark /D&M Pictures

The double stacked windows in the living room overlook the custom deck, creating a sense of both indoors and outdoors.

“We built a roof system around the deck. It’s open, allowing you to experience the sky and tree canopy, while still having some privacy and protection,” Kindrachuk says.

The Kinsmen Grand Prix show house features a luxurious master suite on the main floor.  The vaulted ceiling emphasizes the feeling of spaciousness in the suite.
The Kinsmen Grand Prix show house features a luxurious master suite on the main floor. The vaulted ceiling emphasizes the feeling of spaciousness in the suite. Photo by Eileen Mark /D&M Pictures

The lottery house is unique in locating the master bedroom on the main floor. Designed as a private retreat for future owners, the bedroom features a vaulted ceiling and large windows overlooking the backyard. An open concept walk-in wardrobe is located next to an en suite bathroom filled with luxury touches.

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Floating oak staircase leads to the second floor. “We love the connection that the open staircase creates in the house. You can literally see from the front to the back of the house,” says Kindrachuk.

The Kinsmen Grand Prix show house offers plenty of unique spaces for families to relax, including the “cozy” located at the top of the stairs on the second floor. Photo by Eileen Mark /D&M Pictures

At the top of the stairs is a family lounge space that Kendracchuk describes as cozy. “This is a British term. It is a small, cozy space where you can relax and read a book. It is a great play area for the kids, or a place where parents can relax with a glass of wine.”

There are two children’s bedrooms on this floor, along with an adjoining full bathroom and another play area.

The lower level of the Kinsmen Grand Prix show home is fully developed, with a family room, game area, bar, fitness room, full bathroom, and fourth bedroom.
The lower level of the Kinsmen Grand Prix show home is fully developed, with a family room, game area, bar, fitness room, full bathroom, and fourth bedroom. Photo by Eileen Mark /D&M Pictures

There’s more fun and games in the basement of the house, including a family room, games area, and bar. “We also have a fourth bedroom, another bathroom, a large storage room and an exercise room that could be a fifth bedroom,” Kindrachuk says.

The Kinsmen Lottery show home comes fully furnished, plus a $15,000 cash prize. More than 50 percent of tickets are now sold out.

The money raised through the lottery enables the Kinsmen Club to fulfill its mission to serve society’s greatest needs.

“We consider ourselves fortunate to help the Kinsmen Club, and support their efforts to serve the community. Home lotteries have been very successful for the past five years, and we are excited to do so again this year,” says Kindrachuk.

The Kinsmen Grand Prix Show Homepage is open for viewing Thursdays and Fridays from 5pm to 8pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm

For more details, visit kinsmenhomelottery.com.

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