Linda Pembroke and Steve Bruton of Heritage Construction spotted a “for sale” sign peeking out of a knee-high snowdrift on South Street in Dundas. “It turned out to be a lot for sale, severed from the neighbouring property that’s been here since the 1800s.”
An outbuilding dated back to 1833. “It was most likely a kitchen prep area where people would go to pluck feathers off chickens – that kind of thing – for dinner at the main house,” Linda says. Decades later, in the 1950s and 60s, the building served as an impromptu pool house for neighbourhood bathers. One exterior wall was even painted white for summer evening movie screenings.
The couple wanted to build something that blended in with the older properties on the street. They gravitated toward the Georgian style, which meant a return, in part, to separated main-floor rooms rather than one open-concept floor plan. “We were mindful of having the kitchen area and the dining room quite separate, for example,” says Linda. "The way this house flows, it just begs for people to be sitting in the dining room and in the living room,” says Linda.
Panelling, chair rails, crown moulding and simple coffers all reflect the time period. Cabinetry was designed to look like pieces of furniture. Three crystal-cut chandeliers by Avenue Lighting & Design each reference that Georgian era, too.
Typical of the period, the degree of detail in the home means it looks “dressed” even without furniture, and that influences design decisions. The couple chose a limited palette, stayin consistent through the entire home with white, pale oak and denim blue. In the kitchen, that same blue is used for the base of the island.
A nod to modern living means bathrooms are also outfitted in tile flooring by Barton Bath & Floor made to look like bleached hardwood planks.
In the living room, the fireplace is a modern twist on an older home’s staple. The two-way unit is also indoor-outdoor, adding warmth to the living room as well as a cosy seating area on the wraparound porch constructed of cedar from Aitchison Lumber.