When a Mississauga family bought their Tudor-style home nine years ago, the 8,500 sq. ft., four-bedroom home had many Tudor hallmarks: dark wood accents, ornate door frames and mantelpieces, a rich palette. The owners found it a little dated and began to renovate the home piece by piece, handling some tasks on their own with support from contractor Matthew Nesbitt, and brought in Garage Living to tackle updates in the three-car garage.
The main catalyst for the large project was to fix the flow to the backyard. The owners decided they needed to shift the walkout entry on the lower level in order to accommodate a patio that could became a new outdoor living area.
The new patio is the picture of luxury. A seating area, complete with a fireplace and television, is safe from the elements beneath a roof with skylights. Landscaping by Seferian Design Group and Your Contractors enhanced the yard with hornbeams, yews, and junipers and added splashes of colour with geraniums and lilies. A new driveway, stone pillars, automated gate and landscape lighting by Deltech Electric complete the look.
Canadian Sound automated the house, installing a system that controls heat, air conditioning, the audiovisual network and security system. It also controls retractable screens that keep the patio area insect-free, and keeps the family’s Yorkshire Terriers, Duke and Daisy, from getting into too much trouble in the yard.
Inside, a single space encompasses both kitchen and sitting room. The family wanted it to feel as though it was a unified room, yet having functional areas so the sitting area wasn’t right next to a sink. The island is topped with black leathered granite, while white cabinets by Top Notch Cabinets hide treasures like a slideout knife block and spice drawer.
The sitting room uses a 14-foot sofa, black leather armchair and ottoman. Coffered ceilings line up with the room’s fixtures, including a gleaming marble hearth in grey and black by Ontario Hearth Fireplaces. A custom barn door and a glass pocket door keep pets at bay. The space is set off by coffee-coloured hardwood by Exotic Woods Inc.
Next up, the family plans to tackle the dining room, home office and second floor. With neighbouring houses undergoing similar renovations, the family is pleased with their methodical approach. One thing at a time, as they gradually craft it into their perfect home.