Blending the Old and the New for More Space
How do you renovate to make a home look more modern while keeping the original features that make it special? It takes a good eye for design and an appreciation for the historical touches that can lovingly be brought up to date with some TLC and a good set of power tools!
This family of six with a fully packed entertainment calendar had one thing in mind: open up their cramped kitchen and create an open concept living space. They also had a strong desire to respect the home’s pedigree by retaining the character influences that exist throughout walnut inlaid oak floors and heritage trim details around the windows, all of which were painstakingly restored. Now, new and old finishes flow seamlessly thanks to the reclaimed wood that was used in the floor renovation.
But this was much more than a historical renovation — the client requested that we give the home a fresh, light feel. The engineer had to get very creative to allow for the enormous, open concept design we had in mind. A major bearing wall which, in a nearly century-old home, created challenges — nothing a 21-foot beam across the kitchen ceiling couldn’t solve! And upgraded footings below the foundation helped with the new distribution of the loads.
Add custom mill-work in the dining space, muted heritage colors throughout and the old and new are blended beautifully for a fresh, updated look for classic beauty.