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Yellow Brick Century Home Gets Colour and a Kitchen

November 28, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG

A renovation and some serious decorating revive an old yellow-brick home in the heart of London.

OUR HOMES London Fall 2018
A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES London and Middlesex County, p.36. Find local businesses in our London directory.

Purchasing a more than 120-year-old home was not in Rebeca McIntosh's plan. She was looking for a home with a great kitchen and a pool. But rather than finding these features ready and waiting, they became part of an extensive renovation to a century home in London’s core.
 
The yellow brick storey-and-a-half house offered high ceilings, beautiful stained-glass transoms and other character elements. It also came with a very large propert that could accommodate a swimming pool.
Rebecca asked designer Nancy Evans of Inside Inc. and contractor Paul Hales of Paul Hales Painting & Decorating Ltd. and Quality Pro Renovations to help her establish a vision. They would have to remove walls and widen and raise doorways to establish the right scale, an airier atmosphere and better sightlines.
 
Old wood and linoleum floors were replaced with dark-stained engineered wood. A new HVAC system and tankless hot water heater went in. The kitchen was transformed into a cheerful workspace with white custom cabinetry by Wm. E. Tyssen Furniture & Millwork Ltd. in a compact u-shape. Two windows nicely frame a dramatic range hood (appliances from London Major Appliances).
 
The front vestibule, with original stained-glass door by London artist Ted Goodden, now opens to a spacious entry hall then an airy middle space connecting the front of the house to the kitchen area and family room beyond that.
 
In the kitchen, an off-centre banquette along the wall of the eating area with table and chairs (The Table & Chair Co. Inc.) allows easy access to the family room.
 
In terms of decorating, “one wall colour and one flooring material tie the whole level together,” Nancy says, “but then each space has its own colour scheme.”
 
Orange and tan define the large central space, the kitchen is mainly neutrals with teal and orange accents and the family room features pops of teal, copper and violet. Nancy chose drapery fabrics to add colour and geometric, circle, flame stitch and dot patterns. She made choices that minimize visual clutter and don’t compete with the paintings they sit beside, she says.
 
Outside, Rebecca hired Forest City Pool & Patio to install her coveted swimming pool. 
 

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