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Uptown Rebuild Catalyzes Neighbourhood Change

May 15, 2017 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG

Waterloo neighbourhood newcomers become trendsetters with modern, eye-catching upgrade

OUR HOMES Waterloo Spring 2017A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2017  issue of  OUR HOMES Region of Waterloo , p.36. Find local businesses in our Waterloo directory.


Our Homes Waterloo Spring 2017

 When the neighbourhood was just right, but the home was a little too worn out, these homeowners went to the drawing board. After the flawless demolition by Musselman Excavating and project work of contractor Ben Eby of NEO Developments Inc., the home was fully complete in five months.
 
The eye-catching exterior of this rebuild, made of all natural materials, flows seamlessly into the modern interior, where maximizing vertical space gave the small footprint a spacious and welcoming feel. Every time Eby sees the house, “it feels like it has already become a classic,” he says.
 
One-of-a-kind art by Kara’s Stained Glass sits above the sink in the kitchen among the extra-high countertops installed by KW Countertop, made to accommodate the tall homeowners.
 
A favourite feature of architect Peter Ciuciura, the maple staircase, was designed with treads that allow natural light to fill the living space. On the second floor, designer Carolann Mackie of The Frugal Decorator, impressively coordinated seven different surfaces within the en suite, a feat most people wouldn’t dare to try. She enjoys “the eclectic quality” of the home, which has “an ultra-modern look without being cold.”
 
Catherine Kirk integrated the landscaping into the home’s design, and the wood deck off the kitchen provides a space for outdoor entertaining in a backyard that is surprisingly private for its location. 

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