Bachelor's Bungalow Goes from Dated to Divine


Virtually every corner of this Newmarket home was updated to reflect the owner's taste.

OUR HOMES Toronto & York Region Spring 2019A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of  OUR HOMES Toronto York Region, p.85. Find local businesses in our Toronto-York Region directory. 

When asked ‘have you ever thought about taking out the wall between the kitchen and the family room?’ the owner of this Newmarket bungalow was intrigued. He called in Katherine Porath of Katherine Joy Interiors, and from there, the project took off.
The quaint bungalow in Newmarket was well-kept but dated. The owner's style had evolved over the years, and the finishes didn’t quite reflect his taste. Virtually every space in the home was touched by the renovations done by MJB Fine Interiors.
The standard ceiling height at the foyer leading from the front door to the main area of the home was raised to create a grand entrance. The front door and transom were replaced in favour of an oversize woodgrain fibreglass door painted black from Doorland GTA. “It used to be a regular height door, and it looked really frumpy in this space,” says Katherine. “The new door really makes it a more special place to come in.”
The floors were replaced with 24-by-24-inch slate tiles from Ceragres Tile Group Inc. to provide a seamless transition from one space to the next. In-floor heating provides the perfect place for Killer the family feline to lounge. Upgraded trim and mouldings in a modern shaker style are from The Royal Wood Shop. “The biggest part of the job was the floor,” says Katherine. “They did a great job of keeping it level, because slate has the tendency to have a little lip on it. It turned out great.”
To the left of the entry, Katherine removed columns and a bulkhead separating the living and dining room. In the living room, they repurposed some original furnishings, using new accents to blend the old and new. Carpets in the living room, dining room and family room from Imperial Carpet and Home connect the rooms. “By keeping the palette of black and blue, which are the owner's favourite colours, we added pops of colour throughout to give each room character,” says Katherine.
The wall between the family room and the kitchen, the catalyst of the renovation, did indeed come down. Now removed, the space offers uninhibited sightlines from the front to the back of the home. LED lighting was added in the dining room, foyer and kitchen from Royal Lighting, and for the owner, who loves music, a sound system from Liptons Audio Visual was added throughout.
In the kitchen, the Lemurian Blue granite countertop from Ciot takes centre stage. Its marbled tones glow with iridescent hues, allowing everything around it to blend effortlessly. “We like different,” says Katherine. A painted glass backsplash adds a touch of modernity.
The island, fabricated to look like a piece of furniture, glimmers with stainless-steel embellishments. Black shaker cabinetry from Oakridge Kitchens adds a modern, masculine vibe to the space.
What was once the mudroom is now a laundry and dressing room. Down the hall, the main bath was treated to dramatic chevron tiles from Ceragres Tile Group Inc. on three of the walls, and a beautiful slate in the tub area. In the master en suite a steam shower and heated floors were added for the ultimate in comfort. A piece of leftover stone matching the shower bench and niche was fabricated to create a sink. The zero gravity shower floor creates a smooth transition.