2009 award – E1 Renovations / Additions under $99,000

The main goal of this renovation was to transform a standard builder’s town home in the downtown area into an urban chic, loft like condo.

larabiestairsWe started the transformation by removing a load bearing wall between the dining room and kitchen, which opened up the 430 sq.ft. floor plan. By doing this, the kitchen became part of the living space and added to the open, loft like style.

Ducts and a beam were hidden ina cured bulkhead where the partition used to be. The vertical ducts and plumbing, also located in the partition, were re-located to the outside wall and we created a chase that incorporated niches and storage – creating a design feature, rather than an eye sore.

The standard oak railing and carpeted stairs were replaced with wood treads and a beautiful, sleek, stainless steel/glass panel railing.  This feature added to the over detaiing by removing  the visual clutter.

The existing fireplace remained but was refinished and built up to the ceiling.  Clad with grey 12x24 tile, vertically staggered added to the illusion of height and created a focal point.  The self-supporting assymetrical mantels, in black gloss laminate add an unexpected detail.  The fireplace, clad in a similar finish as the kitchen now created a beautiful focal point and balanced the visually strong, impacting design of the kitchen at the opposite end of the unit.

The kitchen was transformed into a beautiful space to cook and entertain in.  Now open to the living/dining room, this space needed drama and detail.  We combined high gloss black laminate and frosted glass cabinets, a grey, concrete like quartz, a large stainless steel apron sink and a full height appliance garage.  The size of the kitchen was a challenge but with creative detailing, not only became a functional space but visually – something to look at.

From one end to the other, every detail added to the overall success of this renovation.  Our clients are extremely happy and wow their friends and family whenever they entertain!  What more could one ask for?





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