Reno on the Acerage
By admin | June 10, 2016 | Categories: Kitchen design Luxury home builder Renovation
This large Ranch Style home is situated on an acreage on the outskirts of Calgary. The home was originally built in 2000 but with brass hardware and blonde oak cabinets and floors it was dated and lacked the modern finishes and open floor plan the home owners desired. The goal was to create an open floor plan that would be great for entertaining, with a more contemporary look by removing all the brass hardware and re-staining the existing wood work. It was important to the home owners that we try and salvage all good materials. The owners wanted to create dramatic focal points that could be seen from anywhere in the main living space, such as the natural limestone fireplace and large leathered granite tops supplied by icon stone & tile.
The renovation process began with the removal of a partitioning wall in the dining room to open up the space to achieve the open floor plan. However, by removing this wall, we lost the kitchen pantry and were left with a unique curved opening in the middle of the main floor at the stairwell to the basement. The next challenge was addressing all the blonde oak millwork and hardwood floors. The cabinets and floor were in great condition but needed updating, however, by staining over the existing stain we would create a dark cabinet without the authentic wood grain look that the homeowners wished to achieve. We also had to replace the dated front door to the home, which meant removing the existing exterior stone and reinstalling it after installing the new frame and door.
We created a space for a kitchen pantry by reducing the oversized mudroom, which was only a few steps from the kitchen and did not compromise valuable cabinet space in the kitchen. A new handrail was custom designed around the curved opening in the floor, using steel spindles and a radius oak cap. Our team of painters worked tirelessly to strip, sand and re stain all the cabinets and hardwood floors throughout the entire home. This included built in office desks, book cases, media center, basement bar and kitchen and bathroom cabinet’s.
The fireplace in the living room is clad from floor to ceiling in natural Indiana limestone and accented with a 3-inch maple live edge mantle (from Windsor ply) forming a perfect focal point for this open floor plan. There are also two smaller fireplaces in the home, clad in the same limestone, thus extending the theme throughout. The oversized kitchen island defines the rooms without losing the open concept with the enormous ice brown leathered granite counter top adding dramatic personality to the space.