To refresh this 1930’s home and maximize its potential as a more open, heritage inspired home, while introducing contemporary, open-concept design that allows aging-in-place. The restored heritage features allow for an updated feel and their age-in-place needs are met.
Through an addition, the kitchen was expanded and made more functional, while also providing a new deck in the rear of the home. To open up the space the staircase going to the upper floor was made semi-open with new glass railings and the walls around it were removed. Walls enclosing staircase to upper-floor removed. Exiting staircase replaced with unified, shop-made millwork with lower landing winders. Crown moulding, pendant lighting, farmhouse-style sink, chrome pulls on Shaker cabinetry give contemporary freshness while retaining heritage ambiance. Contemporary glass railings allow newly revealed view through dining, kitchen, family and lounge. Sight-lines are enhanced throughout this area and make the rooms go from isolated and boxy, to open and connected. This 180 square foot addition eliminates awkward nook and makes entire kitchen square to improve functionality.
The decor includes a farmhouse-style sink, royal velveteen upholstered bar-stool chairs, chrome pulls, shaker style cabinetry and bell-esque lighting which retain it’s heritage ambiance. The openness is created by the new glass staircase railings which allows for a more open concept home, while the natural light to flow through the rooms. By design, upper cabinetry is found only on the built-in pantry wall beside cooktop. The look remains clean and uncluttered with long, inviting sight-lines from dining room through kitchen and into living-room. All three spaces remain distinct yet visually cohesive. The exiting staircase replaced with unified, shop-made millwork with lower landing winders. Contemporary glass railings allow newly revealed view throughout dining area, kitchen, and family lounge. This allowed for more natural sunlight throughout all three spaces. A hidden, functional touch was added through the built-in slide-out recycle centre between gas range and pantry-wall.