The main objective of our Stone Legacy Project was to respect and honour the original stone home, while making some updates and giving our clients an addition that would allow them to comfortably age in place. A few functional changes to the original footprint were required, and the clients knew that the existing addition, which held a small entryway and closets, was far too small for their needs.
We went through the design concept phase to establish all the desired wants and needs for this forever home, and then completed full construction documents to outline the areas for renovation and the new addition. The kitchen was reworked to maximize the storage and functionality of the small layout, and received new cabinetry, countertops, fixtures, and appliances. The existing main floor bathroom, originally adjacent to the kitchen, was transformed into a spacious laundry and utility room, and the addition features a large main floor master suite, with walk out access to the patio, a three-season room with ample seating and connection to the patio, a new entry way with plenty of storage, and a new guest bath.
Wherever possible in the addition, we kept the stone exterior as a design element. Being one of the clients’ favourite features of the property, we knew we needed to maintain it in their new space. A few key areas where we were able to do this were in the entryway, highlighting the entrance to the original home, and as accent walls in both the guest bath and master ensuite. Also important was using salvaged materials in the new areas to ensure that the character and charm of the stone home were carried throughout, and the spaces felt cohesive. Tin ceiling tiles were stripped and refinished for the entry way, a barn beam from the property was worked into the guest bath vanity, and our clients sourced a unique piece of salvaged architectural ironwork to feature in their ensuite.
As with all renovations, this project came with its own challenges. Construction started August 2020, so we were right in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. As with most major construction projects at the time, we encountered numerous material delays, most notably, the extended wait for the factory-built trusses. To keep the project moving, the clients opted to go for stick framing instead, as it is built on site. The clients were patient and understanding as we navigated the new obstacles that building during the pandemic brought to the design and construction industry. Even though there were some setbacks, our clients have shared that it was absolutely worth it to now have their finished forever home, and we’re glad to now be sharing it with you too!