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Small is Beautiful in this London Downsize

February 13, 2017 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG

1930s brick home is just the right fit, without needing a major reno.

OUR HOMES London Holiday/Winter 2016/2017A version of this article originally appeared in the Holiday/Winter 2016/2017 issue of  OUR HOMES London & Middlesex County, p.38. Find local businesses in our London directory

OUR HOMES London Holiday/Winter 2016/2017With a large house that always seemed to have maintenance and updating projects on the go, a London homeowner was ready to downsize. So she found a three-bedroom fixer-upper in London’s Old North neighbourhood where she could put her design stamp on it and then she and her family could turn their focus to other things.
 
The owner was able to see beyond the tired kitchen, dated paint colours and worn carpets of the 1930s red-brick house she found on a large corner lot. She embraced the home’s existing layout, rather than tearing down walls.
 
The original hardwood floors were refinished by ABC Floor Sanding & Refinishing; paint and wall repairs throughout were done by BMACK Painting. Cloud White from Benjamin Moore maximizes the sense of space and offsets the home’s gorgeous hardwood trim.
 
The kitchen needed a gut job and the owner took inspiration from the original black-and-white bathroom floor tiles in the adjoining powder room, laying hexagon tiles in white, grey and black. White quartz countertops from Sloan Stone Design Quartz & Granite, create a fresh, uncluttered look along with white slab cupboards that extend to the ceiling for extra storage. The door of the pantry closet was removed and the space transformed into a compact and sleek wine bar.
 
The home’s sunny living room and adjoining dining room provide plenty of space for family life. The look is decidedly mid-century modern, inspired by an inherited teak dining room set that takes pride of place.
 
She worked with Brodco to reconfigure the master bedroom and create a true walk-in closet. She also made the most of a small, upstairs bathroom (Parra Modern Renovations & Additions) by updating it with contemporary cabinetry from Copp’s Buildall.

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