The owners of this 1950′s home in Kenmore contacted us concerning their desire to expand their current home but at the same time limit the extent of alteration made to the home.
The original kitchen was cramped and needed to be opened up to the living areas of the home. The kitchen needed a pantry, and a double door refrigerator and lots of drawers. Therefore, we combined the new kitchen with the dining and living room to open up the area. The existing hardwood floor was exposed and sanded and polished in the kitchen and entry area.
The client requested air conditioning that would provide heating without the mess of the fireplace. An entertainment unit now replaces the fireplace, and the TV and stereo can be hidden away.
The study is an important area of our client’s home, with a minimum of seven library shelf units in the study, and children’s books also stored under the house. So the new design allows the existing study to remain and be combined with a library to accommodate all the books.
Our client was very keen to have an ironing area created and wanted more wardrobe space in the main bedroom. We converted the small fourth bedroom into a large walk-in robe/ironing room. The ironing board is stored in the laundry and located in the living space when needed. The main bathroom and ensuite also needed upgrading as the shower in the ensuite was too small.
We incorporated a second garage to help solve the storage problems, with both garages connected to the house through covered access.
A new roof over the existing entry provides greater protection to this area plus a focal point for visitors as they approach the front of the house.
Finally, a large new deck with an external courtyard provides a great vantage point to enjoy the city view. The deck has bi-folding shutters with built-in insect screens on all sides so that our clients can enjoy the pleasant north-east summer breezes without the bugs. Additional roofs on the northern aspect of the home protect the walls from the harsh summer sun.
Around the 1840’s Kenmore was a run for sheep and cattle. Around 1859 it was split up and sold in 15 – 20 acre lots. The primary industries were timber and farming in the 1800’s followed by dairies in the 1900’s. It was not until the 1950’s that Kenmore became more residential, which explains the abundance of brick homes in Kenmore.
Project Number: 020801
We liked Dion’s suggestions and ideas and ability to blend old and new. He is very “up front” explaining how the business and financial side work and what to expect. Not once have we had any disagreements. Dion is always punctual for appointments and in sending information.
There is no doubt that Dion loves his work and has great pride and satisfaction in seeing it completed well. He is not prepared to accept second best but is still capable of working with a budget. As a person, Dion is polite, reliable, honest, gentle, thoughtful and has a delightful sense of humour. He is a pleasure to know and work with. When our job is complete, we will really miss Dion.
We cannot recommend Dion highly enough, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed. We wish Dion well and his future clients the same pleasure we have had in knowing and doing business with him.
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