Susan & Don's Story: A Study - in Time for Retirement
Interior - Convert 2 Bedrooms into a Peaceful Working Space
This Kitchener couple wanted an office space that was also a sanctuary. After recently retiring from a hectic Toronto job, Don is now writing a book and doing more volunteer work. Susan wanted him to have the perfect place to do both, and to relax. They've lived in their home more than 20 years and plan to stay.
The Renovation Challenge:
Two unused bedrooms on the second floor each had a window overlooking the couple's park-like backyard, but Don and Susan rarely enjoyed the view. They wanted to take full advantage of it and bring in the natural light, while creating a warm yet roomy and functional office environment.
The Pioneer Craftsmen Dream Builder Plus Solution:
The wall between the two bedrooms was removed, and the two windows were replaced with 5' walnut patio doors that open to the inside. Custom-made wrought iron railings on the outside provide security, while phantom screens allow summer breezes to flow through the expanded space.
Three 16" x 42" elongated windows on an end wall help lighten the space without interfering with custom book shelves below.
They love natural products and materials with texture so installing 16" x 16" slate tile flooring was the perfect choice. The "California Gold" colouring is filled with variations that are warmly reflected when the sun shines through.
A custom walnut cabinet to showcase Don's awards and treasured collectables was built into an alcove that once housed a closet. It features glass shelves and display lighting.
Don's desk, a large walnut table made by a local artisan, is within easy reach of custom wall-to-wall cabinets that not only hold his treasured books, but also hide files and office equipment.
The couple loves their new space - Mother Nature provides spectacular entertainment outside, and Pioneer Craftsmen's Design Build process exceeded their expectations inside. Not only has the room become a sanctuary for Don, but for Susan and the cat, too!