Vivid Orange Expresses Creativity in 1962 Bungalow


A fun couple renovates a bungalow with a fresh, open-concept style in Bruce County.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Holiday/Winter 2017/18 issue of  OUR HOMES Grey & Bruce Counties, p.50. Find local businesses in our Grey Bruce directory.
The vivid orange front door of this home in Walkerton expresses the warmth, creativity, joy, balance and determination that went into updating this 1962 bungalow.
New windows and landscaping revitalized the outside of the 1,500 sq. ft. house, while the interior saw major changes. The main living space once cut up by small rooms is now an open floor plan with a clean, pared-down design.
It was important to the owners to stay true to the home’s original character. They sought guidance from Pamela Farrow Architectural Technologist and designer Tamarisk McNalty Stephens to bring the space to life.
The home’s minimalistic design is complemented by streamlined furnishings from Smitty’s Fine Furniture with Scandinavian influence. Maple hardwood from Cuneo Interiors is a perfect balance beneath your feet.
The compact and efficient kitchen now looks into the living and dining space. Eye-catching, custom walnut cabinetry conceals appliances. Accenting the cupboards are white quartz counters by The Old Barn.
All of these features are enhanced by the magnitude of natural light that beams into the living space from the near floor-to-ceiling windows from Strassburger Windows and Doors that run along the back of the home.
While the new interior may be simplistic in design, it is anything but boring. A bold accent wall dressed in a black and white chevron wallcovering made from hand-woven sisal fibres sits next to the original wood burning fireplace that was updated with sleek ceramic tile (Cuneo Interiors).
Beyond the dining and living combination, the stairwell that leads to the basement was opened up and allows for the natural light to cascade down to the home office, to a walkout basement and soon-to-be guest bedroom and bathroom.
The master bedroom with walk-in closet and en suite are painted in a rich grey called Metropolitan by Benjamin Moore.
Fine craftsmanship can be seen in the trim work throughout the and the same attention to detail found in the kitchen cupboards is reflected in the walnut cabinetry in the master en suite.
The large back deck off of the kitchen is the couple’s happy place. New glass railings surround the deck in order to take advantage of the view.