After 14 years in their Old North home, one London couple thought it might be time to move. The old-fashioned layout was no longer functional for a family with three growing boys and a large Bernedoodle dog.
“It was a maze to get through to the family room. We were bumping into each other,” the homeowner says. In addition, the kitchen lacked ventilation and the floors on the main level were worn beyond repair.
A quick survey of suburban new-builds prompted a change of heart. “We love this neighbourhood and have always been drawn to older homes,” notes the homeowner. “Once we started looking, we realized we couldn’t duplicate what we loved about living here.”
They decided to stay put and called in Laurie Battersbyof Decor Resourcefor help. Her task? To transform the outdated kitchen, small dining room and a previous family room addition into a spacious great room while respecting the integrity of the century home.
A new opening was created between the kitchen and the addition to facilitate the new open-concept layout. The family wanted to retain the family room’s stone fireplace and its surrounding built-in shelving, so Laurie used these elements as the inspiration for her kitchen design.
The kitchen cabinets feature a wear-through finish that creates a warm, vintage feel. The slightly burnished look is a practical choice for a busy family, Laurie notes, as it hides fingerprints and is easy to clean. A custom oven hood provides much-needed ventilation for the six-burner Wolf range. A new sink from The Ensuite Bath & Kitchen Showroomand a subway tile backsplash complement the kitchen’s understated elegance. Laurie finished the kitchen/dining room ceiling with white tongue-and-groove panelling. Sleek cast-iron pendulum lighting from Guildwood Lighting & Firesideprovides the perfect finishing touch.
Floors throughout the ground floor were replaced with engineered hickory and walls were painted Cosmopolitan by Benjamin Moore. “This paint colour has a bit of warmth to it and works beautifully in an older house,” notes Laurie.