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Making Over a Stone Home in Lucan-Biddulph

May 08, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG

Original stone walls add character and panache to a century farmhouse makeover north of London.

OUR HOMES London Spring 2018
A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES London and Middlesex County, p.38. Find local businesses in our London directory.

A stone house that has stood on a remote stretch of county line north of London in the European settlement of Lucan-Biddulph since 1864 was recently renovated when the ancestor of the original builder purchased the property.
 
Jon Witzel Contracting Ltd., a Tavistock based builder with previous experience renovating Ontario’s old stone houses, looked after construction and Ron Nuhn of Medici Décor/Design looked after the finishing touches.
 
The original stone house was stripped back to its four stone walls while a new addition almost doubled the home’s original 1,200 square feet.
 
The owner explains that when old stone houses were built, the interior walls were framed, covered in plaster and painted or decorated with wallpaper. During the renovation process, they were delighted to discover that the original stone and mortar was still in good condition. “It was incredible to see how well built this house was,” says the owner.
 
Witzel encouraged the couple to leave several interior walls exposed. Wood blocks indicate where the original windows were nailed in, and the original headers were kept intact. The main floor now features a relaxed living area for the couple’s children, as well as a small office. A former sitting room is now the main-floor laundry room, while the master suite occupies what was once the kitchen.
 
Space for an en suite and large walk-in closet was created with a small addition to the rear. Striking geometric tile with quartz countertops and contemporary bathroom fixtures from Aqualuxe Bath Showroom complement the room’s exposed stone wall.
 
The new great room features a cosy living area tucked around a wood-burning fireplace from Elmira Stove Works, a welcoming dining area and a spacious kitchen designed and built by Woodecor Ltd.
 
The large centre island, topped in cream quartz from Woodecor Ltd. features an undermounted Blanco farmhouse sink and offers a casual gathering spot for family and friends. The owner, who does plenty of cooking on her Dacor gas range from London Major Appliances, chose laminate countertops for her prep space. “They are easy to look after and the laminates look so much better than they used to,” she notes.

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