Let the Sun Shine in Unionville
With a main floor split up into many rooms, our clients were looking for a more open family space, and more natural light.
The original layout of the main floor was split into thirds. The kitchen, at the back of the house, was in the middle between two load bearing walls. These walls were removed to create a family room that is off to the side, but not completely separated from the kitchen. New fireplace facing and new built-in cabinets were added to the family room.
While initially, a 95ft2 addition wasn’t in the plans, as we worked through some layout variations, the small addition created HUGE impact. As is common with most houses in the neighbourhood, a small breakfast nook was smack dab in the middle of the kitchen with sliding doors leading to the back yard – we extended the wall along one side and created a cathedral ceiling, and filled the larger exterior wall with windows.
Having beams that extend below the ceiling height, and a kitchen that has a flat ceiling and a cathedral ceiling, the coffered ceilings ad another dimension to the kitchen and finish it off nicely. Aligning the range hood centered between two coffers can only happen when all parties work closely together – nice job team!
Along the right side of the house, there were two rooms – living and formal dining room. As is with most main floor renovations we do, the new kitchen extended into the dining room. We added a butler’s pantry and a walk-in pantry and shortened the living room.
The complete main floor received new flooring. The powder room remained the same size, but updated. The staircase is new and was stained to match the new flooring. New railings were installed. The second floor received new flooring in the hallway to match that of the main floor, as well as new doors and trim.
What remained the same…windows in the family and living rooms, original sliding patio doors.
Wainscoting in the living room, hand-scraped engineered flooring, vinyl windows with folding handles, custom frameless maple cabinetry in kitchen and family room, custom panel dishwasher door, coffered ceilings, granite counter tops.