Q: What type of construction is used for the The Charles Condominiums?
A: The Charles will be a four-storey apartment style condominium with a basement parkade. The foundation is precast piles and the parkade is comprised of concrete walls and floors. A concrete floor separates the parking level from the main floor. The four-storey building is wood framed from the main floor to the roof with engineered wood joists and beams and tongue and groove subfloor comprising the floors. It has an engineered wood truss sloped roof.
Q: What is the heating system used for The Charles Condominiums?
A: Each suite is heated with compact linear convector baseboard heaters, cooled with a ductless mini-split air conditioner, and has a ducted transfer fan to circulate fresh air throughout the suite. The common areas of the building are conditioned by two make-up air units which also supply the fresh air to the suites. The parkade is heated with electric unit heaters.
Q: What security measures will be incorporated at The Charles Condominiums?
A: Access to the building will be via secure interphone located at the building entries. Closed circuit TV will monitor all building entry points including the lower level parkade. Deadbolts and peep holes will be installed in all suite entrance doors. Programmable key fobs will be used to access the building entries and parkade.
Q: What level of soundproofing can be expected at The Charles Condominiums?
A: All floor and wall soundproofing requirements are built to exceed the building code requirements. The walls between the suites are constructed of a double wood stud wall with drywall, sheathing, and R12 batt insulation on each side with a 1” air gap in between. The floors are constructed of Engineered Floor Joists R22 batt insulation between floors, gypcrete floor topping, resilient channel, and 2 layers of 5/8″ drywall
Q: What materials and features will the exterior of the building have?
A: The Charles Condominiums will be finished with stucco, vinyl siding and premium longboard metal siding finishes at the main entry canopy and other prominent areas of the building. Balcony and window details will incorporate painted engineered wood trim.
Q: I am concerned about the chance of a fire at the building. How has this been addressed?
A: The unlikely event of a fire has been extensively considered at The Charles. The building is equipped with a comprehensive fire alarm system that includes a full fire-supressing sprinkler system, fire alarm horns and strobe lights, hard-wired in-suite early detection smoke and heat detectors, and emergency exit lighting and signage. The suites are separated from each other with a 1-hour fire resistance rating on wall and floors are separated from the underground parkade by a 2-hour fire-resistance rating.
Q: Is air conditioning standard at The Charles Condominiums?
A: Air conditioning is standard in all suites at The Charles.
Q: What will the roadway construction be?
A: The roadway and parking areas within the The Charles development will be asphalt with a concrete ramp to the parkade.
Q: What type of roof will the building have?
A:The Charles Condominiums will have an engineered wood truss roof with 25 year asphalt shingles.
Q: What kind of windows will be installed?
A: The windows at The Charles are triple-pane for maximum energy-efficiency and sound-proofing.
Q: Can I customize my new Condominiums at The Charles? What options are available if so and how can I find out what upgrades might fit my budget?
A: If you select your new The Charles condominium early in construction commencement, you may customize certain aspects of the design and planning. Of course, the location of kitchens, bathrooms, electrical services, etc. cannot be modified, but early purchasers can select from our menu of optional interior finishing to create their own personal look and lifestyle. Optional upgrades include: custom flooring, kitchen cabinets, countertops, a wide spectrum of interior paint colours, and appliances. Once you purchase your new condominium you will then have the opportunity to visit our new state-of-the-art, 3500 square foot Design Centre to meet with our design consultant and make your interior upgrade selections.
Q: Can I choose the paint colours for my suite?
A: The standard paint colour for the interior of the suites at The Charles is ‘Wentworth White’. If you select your suite early in the construction phase you will have the opportunity to meet with our interior designer to discuss a wide choice of interior finishes.
Q: Can I select the type of flooring I want?
A: The standard flooring within the suites is vinyl plank with carpet in bedrooms which are available in a variety of colours. If you select your suite early in the construction phase you will have the opportunity to meet with our interior designer to discuss a wide choice of interior finishes including flooring.
Q: Can I choose the type of kitchen cabinets for my suite?
A: The standard cabinets are flat panel Contempra cabinets which are available in a variety of colours. Homeowners may choose from a range of optional or upgrade cabinet styles. Please speak to our sales team about scheduling a visit to our design centre, where an extensive range of cabinets, counters, tile and flooring are displayed.
Q: What appliances are included with my purchase price at The Charles?
A: A kitchen appliance package, which includes a full size fridge, a self-cleaning range, a built-in dishwasher, and an ‘over the range’ (OTR) microwave will be included in the price of your condominium. A stacking washer and dryer will be available as an additional upgrade.