The New Frontier of Home Renovation

Have you ever wondered what makes a person take on the enormous task of taking a dilapidated money pit of a home and envision a profit making project. Where design, know-how, and financing are all brought together. You think pioneers from the old fronteir had it hard! Wait till you start to throw in factors like time, government and suppliers and labourers. And after all this the marketing and sales anguish and pain heaped with criticism and afterthought.

It ain't easy.

But when you see the fruition of your time and labour from the enormity of your task it can be a invigorating or not and the time it zaps can be a great learning tool. You were living on the edge, you made the jump and now you wait . You wait to see if your peers, your sphere, the public and everyone else approve.

Inspiring is a word that makes this dream a reality a lot faster. The design and thought process that are conceived then approved are not always the same thing. There are decisions made, compromises fought over and family members to contend with. 

Our latest listing 118 Sixteenth Street  story has all this and more!


From the front verandah, sorry from the freshly paved driveway with curbs, through the clean railed stoop into a Sun/Mud room you know this is something special. Sunlight is captured in this multi-windowed access and filtered into the parlor via pass throughs. Beautifully Restored Hardwood flooring get your immediate attention and exposed brick warms the openness you are feeling. 

Add a dash of modernist with brand new hardwood floors , professionally crafted cabinetry, stainless steel and stone islands and counters you have the gathering place to grow your family by. And that is after you go through a Dining Room perfect for every family and friend event, spacious and close to the food delivery. Then the convenience of a Powder Room keeps the kids, Grandparents and all refreshed without having to leave the party.


A carpeted staircase leads upstairs to the main bath newly tiled and accessorized. The two bedrooms both multi-windowed for sunlight and breeze factors are amply closeted for necessary storage. Then a quick run down to the laundry where all the functionality of the home resides. New Sump Pump, Furnace, and mechanicals are neatly defined. Down the hall to the third bedroom you pass the third bathroom a new three piece with a sizeable shower for freer mobility. The bright lower level bedroom is perfect for guests. Then there the expanse behind the house. At first look you are charmed by the bluish siding that surrounds the home. This provides a pleasing curb appeal envious of the street. Then to add it to the once detached garage embodies the total design factor from indoors to outdoors. A rare addition made complete with matching door transitioning into the perfect sized shed to putter around in when the kitchen gets a little hot as it has known to become. Throw in a breezy patio with a pebble path to the evening lit whirlpool, fully fenced yard, landscaping and this is how to design for the WOW factor!

All this is usually seen in brand new builds or top-ups minus the character factor that is most inspiring about this renovation. Then you add a dash of quality and you are bound to achieve the results you have hoped for throughout the long hours of labour and interruptions of family life business life and friend life you use to remember. 




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