What do you do if you are already living in a neighborhood that you love, but not necessarily the house of your dreams…yet. We don’t always have the luxury of working with a blank canvas, but sometimes, we have the opportunity to reinvent the home we are already in.
For one couple, a passion for fine wines and home cooked meals was motivation to turn the full main floor of their Hamilton home into a space to gather and entertain friends. The original layout, cut up into many small rooms, just was not working for their love of entertaining. So, with the idea of Go big, or Go, well, back to a mal-functioning Home, their home now breaks typical suburban convention, as the main floor was gutted to create one large open space.
Creating 4 functional zones allows this couple, along with their guests, to transition comfortably through the room. Mark continues to develop his epicurean flair, having everything within arms reach in his prep and cooking area, while the large, raised display counter keeps all his secrets well hidden. Backing on to the large Prep Island is a cozy banquette, perfect for allowing Kathy to entertain guests while savoring a glass of merlot before enjoying their meal.
To create consistency in this open plan, the same rich wood from the Kitchen and Banquette is continued into the Lounge area. At the threshold of the two main areas, a moulded post transitions into two large built-ins, flanking either side of the stunning modern gas fireplace.
As a catalyst for the project, the Bar Station highlights the couple’s exquisite collection of fine wines, as well as offering additional storage space. The use of granite at this station is a reference to the granite of the raised display counter, a complimenting contrast to the quartz surfaces that define the prep space.
Over six months of dust and noise, but the chaos was well worth it for this couple! Now not only do they just love their community, they also love coming home and bring all their friends with them!
Are you looking to start a potentially large reno in your home too? My suggestion would be, before even looking for a general contractor, sit down and create a “wish list” of what you want to accomplish in your space. Keep in mind that you might not be able to accomplish everything on that list or, depending on your budget and time frame, it may take a couple rounds of renos to get is all done. The list, however, will help you prioritize and create a long term goal. Knowing what you eventually want to achieve will also help ensure that you have consistency in upcoming projects and avoid having it look ‘piece-meal’ (if you need to do it in phases).
Good Luck, and Happy Renos!!