It wasn’t until after making the trek through a warren of rooms with dated finishes, then ascending a tight spiral staircase that we arrived in the living room. This was when the true potential of the home became apparent, with soaring Cathedral ceilings and a wall of West facing windows, bathing the room in sunlight.
Unfortunately the living room ceiling was clad in tongue and groove pine boards and the decorative beam running through the centre of the room was unappealing to say the least. The kitchen was tucked away and had a dropped ceiling. The small space used as a dining room seemed very disproportionate because of the high ceilings. Knowing instinctively that an open concept would offer so much more appeal to the home and really bring it to it’s true potential. A structural post and beam would be required and because the home owners already had a lovely collection of Mid Century Modern furnishings, this was the direction to go with the design.
Removing the walls between the kitchen, dining and living room was a no-brainer. This transformation was going to show the homes true potential. Allowing the sunlight to permeate the entire space and offer the clients a beautiful open concept.
Lighting the kitchen was an integral part in the design and maintaining a clean contemporary look was essential. I didn’t want to take away from the post and beam construction or the Cathedral ceilings. One of the most interesting options was to create a lighting framework using the same Douglas fir and suspend it from cables between the island and perimeter counters. The framework measures eight foot by twelve foot and is equipped with recessed lighting. Horizontal high gloss cabinetry was used for the upper cabinets, and simple horizontal drawer pulls were used throughout the kitchen. The island was surfaced in exquisite granite purchase through Margranite. The floors were finished in Australian Acacia wood and the fireplace was resurfaced as well. The home was showing it’s true potential.
Tearing down the walls between the kitchen and dining room made the whole space seem more proportionate and this also allowed us to install hardwood throughout the entire space making it look even expansive.
New stairs were constructed with wider solid wood treads and wrought iron frame work. All of the wood paneling was stripped down and replaced with new dry wall, making the space appear so much brighter. An up-lit coffered ceiling was installed in the entry, giving the room a little far more interest than before.
Before, the original entry Transformed into a media room
The original floor plan lacked in practicality; therefore most of it was reworked, creating a far more functional home. The main entry of the home needed to be re positioned, it was originally off to the right of the home, meaning one had to walk through three different rooms just to get to the stairwell leading up to the second level. Using the original entry and an adjacent room, the new layout now had a good size media room which the home owners enjoyed nightly.
The Ensuite was small dated and unattractive, the new Ensuite was well appointed with a decent size soaker tub, free standing shower and heated stone floors.
The home also had enough space to put in a rental suite, which was furnished with some of the clients smaller Mid Century Modern furnishings.