Renovating The "LiveSmart" Way
Our Grandview Avenue project is completed and is a great example of how to renovate a house in order to maximize its livability.
When our clients purchased the house, it was a complete mess: structurally, mechanically and functionally. The house was fully gutted and completely renovated from top to bottom. The exterior shell of the house and roof were kept intact, but the inside was a complete rebuild.
Working within the existing footprint, we opened up the main floor from front to back. Making use of what we like to call the "LiveSmart" design approach, the main and second floor plan maximizes every inch.
The main floor is made up of three distinct functional spaces that combine together to form one large open space. When you enter the house, it feels like a home twice the size.
Up on the second floor we created a Master Ensuite and closet by repositioning a few walls. There are now two washrooms and three nicely sized bedrooms.
Here are some of the key elements of this renovation:
- We worked with the existing space, maximizing what the house already had.
- We added natural light by enlarging window and door openings.
- The centre of the house has a kitchen that is designed around a 12' island.
- The casual dining space is offset to one side and has a built-in bench, located at the front of the house
- The family living area connects directly to the rear yard through a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass.
- The renovation to this home was a complete transformation, top to bottom. Without adding any new square footing to the house, the new spaces are large, filled with natural light and and offer our clients the flexible space they need.
We will be writing more about LiveSmart in upcoming blog posts. Contact Walden to learn about LiveSmart and how we can help you make more from the house you already have.
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