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Chicopee Designer Updates Her Childhood Home

November 27, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG

When her parents downsized, this Waterloo designer kept their beautiful home and added her own personality.

OUR HOMES Region of Waterloo Fall 2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Region of Waterloo p.26. Find local businesses in our Waterloo directory.
Not all homes passed down from one generation to the next are historical. Some are just beloved homes in lovely neighbourhoods that are loved by different generations, like this Chicopee home outside Kitchener owned by Suzanne Tait of Suzanne Tait Design.
 
Suzanne’s parents built this Cape-Cod-style home when the neighbourhood was first being developed in 1988. She was 13 years old and learning about design, so she got involved in the whole process. She calls her interest in design and décor a passion she got at a young age from her mother.
 
When her parents decided to downsize, Suzanne and her husband Curtis knew they wanted to buy the home and update it to suit their needs. They renovated, including a significant three-storey addition to the back of the home.
 
They eliminated a formal dining room to create more casual living space, as well as an office for Curtis. Suzanne put down Canadian-made wide-plank white oak hardwood flooring from Factory Flooring Carpet One Floor & Home.
 
Sliding french doors now open into a small room at the top of the stairs. This was a bedroom when Suzanne was growing up, but it makes the perfect space for her to spread out plans and create design schemes for her clients, so it has become her home office and design room.
 
Suzanne has loved this home and neighbourhood since she was young. Little could her parents have known that their influence and their willingness to let her help design it the first time around would lead to a career in interior design, let alone redesign this home eventually for her own family. 

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