Before & After
Incorporating the dining area into the large kitchen was a great solution to a dark dining room and odd layout. Now both the kitchen and dining area is fresh and light with a lovely view to the creek in the forest. The double French glass doors opens up the space even more and brings natural light deep into the house.
With careful space planning the very long kitchen area was converted to allow for a kitchen nook with a view to the forest, and double French doors that lead to the covered porch.
A new layout and better space planning in the kitchen allows for a tighter work triangle and more effective storage.
The covered side porch was converted to a new and spacious laundry area with space for a home office. The glass door to brings lots of natural light to the space, and through the glass barn door that leads to the hallway.
A complete reshuffle of the layout allowed us to add a new bathroom where the old dining room was, and a glass barn door leads to the laundry extension
The old dining room was converted to accommodate a new bathroom, and a new extension for the laundry was added to the right.
This remodel of this bathroom involved changing the layout to allow for better space planning and flow. The original green Art Deco cast iron tub was reinstalled with all new plumbing and fixtures, floors and subfloor.
Note that the Luxury vinyl plank on the floors runs through the entire house, from the front entrance, through the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms
Quick upgrade of cottage entrance – popcorn ceilings removed, fresh coat of paint, new floors and new light fitting
Adding trim to the existing front door gave it an instant upgrade, and the bright yellow just adds a smile to your face when you see it. We kept the original art deco door hardware.
Sensible storage and cabinet organization is a critical part of space management and good design. We have a three-step process to help our clients simplify, organize, and style their closets in a way that will maximize their space, save time, and reduce stress.
This linen closet is in a guest room, and what was before a jumble and embarrassment, has been turned into delight to look at and pleasure to operate.
This entrance was dark and had too much yellowy wood elements. We replaced the counter type storage – that made the entrance feel like it was part of the kitchen – with a tall, custom designed bookcase in walnut veneer. We painted the closet and handrail posts in white, and added color and other bits.
To make this home office fully functional and friendly, we installed tall cabinets on both sides of the window, and added a built-in desktop and multi drawer pedestal. It has a lovely view to the garden, and is now an inspiring space to work in.
In order to make space for a much needed library, part of these Oak units were replaced with a custom designed library. The lower part has cabinets for closed storage.
The challenge of this kitchen upgrade was to allow for seating at the peninsula counter, more counter workspace, and to give it a fresh look with minimum disruption. To achieve this a wider butcher’s block counter was routered to fit over the existing stone top. The oak cabinets were painted white for a fresh look. The wall cabinet on the left was removed to open up the space and allow for artwork.
The layout of this kitchen could not be altered, but in order to add additional counter space for prepping food, a small island on castors was added. A special feature of this island is that the compost container was fitted in the top drawer which makes it very convenient to clear food waste while you work – just open the drawer and scrape it in.
In order to improve the proportions and balance of the window, we’ve added a faux column to the right of the window. The closet doors were replaced with bi-folds, and beautiful washed Oak floors installed. The new chandeliers in the pitched ceiling adds a bit glamour to this charming room.
The horizontal window above the bed in this master bedroom is not ideal. The solution here was to draw the attention away from the window by painting the lower part of the wall in a strong color, and hanging over-sized vertical mirrors on either side of the bed. The bed was custom designed and has storage drawers for shoes below.
This old fireplace was upgraded with a semi-custom mantel and quartz surround and hearth to go with the surfaces of the remodeled kitchen.
This powder room upgrade focussed only on repainting existing surfaces, replacing the light fitting, and changing the mirror. The room is very small, and since it has no windows, quite dark. By painting the walls in a very dark color, fades out the boundary lines and allows the walls to recede. The lower part of the room, including vanity was kept in a light color. A large mirror that stretches the full width of the room gives depth, and also reflects more natural light from the entrance area into the room.
The tall cupboards in this office were added to accommodate the overflow of seasonal clothing from the master closet. The new desk fits snugly between the units under the window. The white and neutral tones reflect much light and makes this room light and fresh.
The tub in this small bathroom was removed and converted to a walk-in shower.We turned the 12″x24″ tiles vertically for a more contemporary feel, and to give the illusion of height. The bathroom feels much bigger with the tall frameless glass panel and door, and the glass also reflects more light into the room.
The arched wall of this bathroom was demolished and replaced with full-height frameless glass panel and door, allowing more light into the shower and reflecting light off the glass. The space did not allow for dual basins, but the dynamics were changed with installing two tall mirrored wall cupboards and dimmable pendant lights for flexibility.