A hundred-year-old home is full of charm and character – and challenges. Making space and modernizing was the goal for Katy and Jeff, the new owners of century-home, and the Save My Reno team scored with this incredible first-floor transformation.
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Katy and Jeff were only the second family to living in an incredible century home, which meant their house was brimming with heritage charm – but ultra-tight on space. Initially, the couple considered a renovation that meant moving the kitchen to the front of the home and the living space to the back, but that plan wouldn’t fit within their $100,000 reno budget.
A Way to Save
Instead, Save My Reno designer Samantha Pynn and contractor Sebastian Clovis suggested keeping the rooms where they were – but finding other ways to open up the blocked-off spaces and create a fresh, modern feel (while staying on track with the budget).
A Claustrophobic Step
Part of the problem with Jeff and Katy’s home was that it felt cramped the second you walked through the door with a narrow hallway blocking off their living space’s square footage.
A Step Above
By removing the wall that closed off the living and dining room, the Save My Reno team instantly opened up the space – eliminating the too-tight hallway and showcasing the space. Carrying forth the grey-neutral colour palette, a subtly striped runner added traction (and style) to slippery stairs.
Take a Seat
Finding space to entertain was big on the wish-list for Jeff and Katy, but the narrow rooms left them with few options other than crowding multiple mis-matched couches into the rooms.
Behind the Scenes
Because Katy doesn’t love the television being the focus of the living room, Samantha and Sebastian came up with a clever DIY solution to please everyone. A custom bifold door design showcases a colourful image of Italy when closed – but it opens to reveal the television when it’s time to settle in for a favourite show.
A Fresh Antique
In the dining room, a unique furniture upcycling project brought a modern spin to old-world charm – which was a perfectly fitting project for the reno. Samantha and Katy took a much-loved antique hutch that once belonged to Jeff’s grandfather and refinished it in a warm grey shade with wallpaper accents to make it new.
Stuck in the Past
The home’s kitchen was a real relic of an era gone by, but it wasn’t very practical for Katy and Jeff. Yes, that is a wall-mount phone. In fact, the old range was so intimidating that the couple left it alone and cooked their meals on a hot plate!
Cooking Up a Contemporary Kitchen
The biggest budget-saver of the renovation was keeping the kitchen at the back of the home, but the team didn’t want Jeff and Katy to sacrifice their desire for a spacious, beautiful kitchen.
The renovated kitchen is distinctly new, but still pays homage to the home’s history with timeless details like greige cabinets, metallic hardware and a hexagonal backsplash.
By replacing a small kitchen window with glass french doors, the team was able to bring a lot of light and and airy feel into the home – while also allowing for easier access to the backyard and outdoor space.
By creating easier access to the outdoors, the reno ensures a smoother flow to and from the backyard for barbecues – increasing the home’s functional space on sunny days.