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Michael Parkes has "taken over" one street in the Windsor Park neighborhood, revamping several houses with his signature style that looks to the future and pays homage to the past. Courtesy of Spek
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Michael plays with a lot of shapes and volumes when he redoes a house, making it both look brand new but still stay true to the neighborhood's style, too. Courtesy of Spek
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Michael doesn't skimp on qualityor materials, as seen in all the great choices for this house at 1319 Westmoor Drive. 
 
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Michael says he's not a business; he remakes houses that really need it, as seen clearly in the before photo of 1319 Westmoor Drive. Courtesy of Spek
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When you see what these homes used to look like, as seen in another before of 1319 Westmoor Drive, you really understand the influence Michael's having on not just individual homes, but on entire streets, neighborhoods and the city as a whole. Courtesy of Spek
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With a background in art and production design, Michael really considers the whole look of the home, including the yard and how it's viewed from the street. Courtesy of Spek
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You can see that Michael really cares about these properties and the people who will one day live in them by how much attention to detail he shows absolutely every corner of each house. Courtesy of Spek
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Even when his touch is subtle, he's still able to effect a great change, like in this modern spin on a Tarrytown bungalow. Courtesy of Spek
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His work is certainly bold and modern, but it's also warm, livable and accessible. Courtesy of Spek
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More proof that he considers the entire compositionyard, lighting, art and all, when he remakes these homes. Courtesy of Spek
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You won't find boring interior treatments in his homes; he really includes unique and personal furnishings, materials and built-ins to give each home a one-of-a-kind look. Courtesy of Spek
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He also has a reputation for creating homes that are ripe for relaxation and rejuvenation. Courtesy of Spek
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This Corona Drive home shows how even his more simple remakes still create a big impact and work well within the neighborhood. Courtesy of Spek
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The point at which Michael feels each project starts: when he strips a home back and then begins to re-imagine it. Courtesy of Spek