Updated: Jan 12
This was a classic "Love it or List it" client.
The house was dated.
Yet they loved the neighbourhood.
Jumping into a new home would cost them so much.
Yet they still weren't using their basement.... so there was potential...
So they stayed and called us to help them create their dream home.
Now, when we met this couple & their two kids, there was an immediate excitement, as we loved their style and appreciated their amazing ability to trust!
Let's start with the first floor.
They had great light and a 2 story great room. We loved this.
Their kitchen; however, was cramped and dated. Instead of just sprucing it up, we swapped it with the family room to create a modern and LARGER kitchen that could allow for an island and easy entertaining.
This was the starting point: kitchen on the left, door to outside in the middle and family room on the right. After removing the fireplace, flooring, and shortening the kitchen windows.... we created "the swap".
The Family room took over the old kitchen, with enough room for a sectional, kids toy storage and a TV. The old floor tile was replaced with beautiful oak flooring and the kitchen.... well it's pretty breathtaking. Not to mention so much added storage!
Next we tackled the foyer, living room and dining room. With new hardwood throughout, this space was mostly focused on new paint, new furniture/lighting and some serious over-hauling in the foyer to improve both beauty and functionality.
The basement was another fun project to tackle because it was 75% unfinished. Maybe you too, use your basement as a garage....so keep reading.... there is hope!
Firstly, the key when facing a blank slate is to write out everything you want to keep, and HOW you want to use the space. We were given a few "must-have's". 1. TV space (and a large TV), 2. Kitchenette to make it a nice entertaining space. 3. Transform the kids room into a multi-purpose room (play room, home office and guest room). We then added in some bonus storage, a gas fireplace, to replace the one we took out upstairs and all new flooring.
Lastly, there were some bathrooms we tackled that were not only fun to create but added so much value to the home.
First up was the powder room... we kept this one quite neutral but added some pizazz on the floor with the black and white tile. This was tied in with the black hardware and accessories. We also removed the pedestal sink and added a vanity with lots of storage for this growing family. Unless you have a linen closet near by, it's always important to think about where to store toilet paper and cleaning supplies... even in a powder room. Hey- they need to be cleaned too ;).
Lastly, was the master en-suite. These are so fun but often require a HUGE amount of balancing to ensure the style of both male and female come through. We aren't sure what we love more.... the vanity, tub area or the shower!? Scroll through to find your fave.
Well.... there is more to come on this beautiful home but for now..... drop us a comment if you too have a space that needs a "re-envisioning".
To see full project, check out the Oakville North in our portfolio.