dining living room with laminate floor barn door and wainscot

McTavish Addition and Renovation

dining living room with laminate floor barn door and wainscot

View from the living room into the dining and kitchen on the main floor.

McTavish Addition

We were approached by the owners of this Cathedral area bungalow in 2017. Their request: they need more space! If you can imagine, the 800 square feet of this main floor had two bedrooms, a full bath, plus the kitchen, dining and living room. So they decided to renovate the main floor and build a second storey addition.

The main floor was arranged to have an open concept floor plan, with a large front entrance and wide open kitchen. The plumbing for the bathroom stayed in the same place, but was reduced down to a toilet and vanity. Three bedrooms are located on the second floor, as well as an ensuite bathroom, and full bath, and a laundry.

floor plan

New Main Floor Layout

floor plan

Second Floor Layout


The Design

Our clients met with a designer at Alford’s to start selecting their interior finishes. They wanted to keep the character of the home, but give it a modern feel. Durability was important, so they went with a high quality laminate on the main floor, and a good quality carpet on the second floor.

The ensuite bathroom floor features a neutral patterned tile, granite counters, custom tiled shower, and glass block window. A niche in the shower holds all their soaps and ties in the pattern floor tile.

dark vanity grey walls ensuite

Dark vanity with granite in the tiled ensuite.

bathroom pattern tile floor

Patterned porcelain tile floor for the ensuite

The original fir wood in the ceiling structure was saved and used again in a variety of areas in the new home design. The wood was used as the mantle for the fireplace, a custom made vanity in the powder room, and the railings for the stairs going to the second floor. The original doors were re-used for closets as well as the entry closet.

cement tile subway tile fireplace surround

Reclaimed wood mantle with white subway tile and cement tile hearth.

pattern floor reclaimed wood vanity

Custom made vanity from reclaimed wood in the powder room

One of our favourite parts of this build was the custom designed railing and custom storage under the stairs. Concealed in the molding, these slide outs house all the shoes and boots this family needs and is a must for any house with limited storage. The railing wood was reclaimed from the house’s existing ceiling, and the black metal sets off the stain colour nicely.

stair storage barn door

Roll out shoe storage makes use of the space under the stairs


Flooring, tile, design services: Alford’s
Cabinets: Cupboard Brothers