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Decrepit Boarded-up Home Brought to Life in Kitchener

April 19, 2017 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG

A DIY-loving family moved in to this 1909 home and gave it a makeover.

OUR HOMES Waterloo Spring 2017A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2017  issue of  OUR HOMES Region of Waterloo , p.20. Find local businesses in our Waterloo directory.


Our Homes Waterloo Spring 2017

This 1909 Kitchener home was so decrepit and outdated it had been boarded up four years ago. A DIY-loving family moved in to bring it back to life.
 
Colours graduate from dark in the front hall to medium and light as you move deeper into the house. The owners selected Farrow & Ball paint from The Timeless Materials Co. and Benjamin Moore paint from Heer’s Paint and Décor
 
The owners also created a distinct focal point with the living room fireplace using Farrow & Ball wallpaper from The Timeless Materials Co.
Wood accessories, décor and furniture are consistent accents throughout the home, adding lots of texture. Barnboard, pine display shelves, corbeils and picture frames all have a place.
 
Every square inch of the home is maximized. Labelled storage keeps everything in its place. The owners found the home’s original front door in the basement with eight layers of paint on it. Stripped and refinished, it’s now a sliding door that divides the foyer from the dining space. The glass was replaced with chalkboard for the family to display quotes or organize the family’s busy schedules and to-dos. Since the front of the fridge isn’t magnetic, the art-loving family has a special gallery space in the corner of the dining room for their children’s art. Both kids’ bedrooms have lines for hanging their masterpieces. At the end of the year, the parents take photos of each piece and then clear them off to make room for new art.
 
Upstairs, the owners turned a secondary bedroom into a master en suite with a laundry room space. Westmount Craftsmen took care of their shower renovation. There were gaping holes above each bedroom door that Kara’s Stained Glass fitted with beautiful bevelled transoms.
 
Outside was amped up as well with finds from Artefacts Salvage & Design, including reclaimed architectural pieces, and reclaimed Douglas fir for their outdoor tabletop.
 

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