Alison and Jim's Story: Rugged Elegance for Fine Entertaining
Whole Home Renovation with Addition
This Cambridge couple - and their three teenagers - have hectic schedules. They also love to cook and entertain, and often have last-minute guests for lunch or dinner.
The Renovation Challenge:
Frustration over lack of natural light, minimal storage and restrictive space led our homeowners to make major changes – inside and out.
The Pioneer Craftsmen Dream Builder Plus Solution:
A bump-out addition has doubled the family's dinette space and new doors with two entranceways bring in lots of light and provide better traffic flow to the barbecue area and pool.
The modern quartzite countertop glistens, while 8” reclaimed engineered hemlock flooring gives a hint of the rugged style the homeowners also love.
A hidden pantry – incorporating space from a basement stairway – keeps the kitchen clutter-free and is one of the homeowner’s favourite aspects.
A custom-built hutch provides separation between the kitchen, dinette and family room and subtly camouflages two structural support columns.In our homeowner’s words, it “functions beautifully for both storage and display, and brilliantly improves traffic flow”.
The dining room now has crown moulding and a 4-panel slider to the pergola. The fireplace received a custom mantle and built-ins on either side. Two other fireplaces were refaced with reclaimed materials.
The entranceway blends the family’s love of rugged and elegance perfectly, with the addition of a wooden ceiling beam, new flooring and front door.
The teens’ bathroom has new cabinet doors and a custom double-head shower, while the Master Ensuite underwent the most dramatic change.
An awkward angled wall was made square and two windows were moved.
“His” and “Hers” vanities frame the elegant solid surface stand-alone soaker tub, and Alison says there is "a larger than ever luxurious shower." The tile floor with its barn-board look is a delightful contrast.
Alison was amazed at the transformation: "What I found fascinating, was that this was my builder basic bathroom space that got transformed. The bathroom is ONLY 10' x 11', and other then squaring off one wall to gain about 2 square feet (if that), everything got put in that space, and it still looks so open and inviting."
The renovations spill to the outside with a stunning rework and realignment of the cedar pergola. A hanging slatted “ceiling” helps filter sunlight and the man-made Versetta stone on the addition is a beautiful backdrop.