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Wascana Kitchen Renovation

Wascana Kitchen: The Before

Let me tell you, this space wasn’t so great when we first walked in here. The home owner had visions of taking down the oak, (tears of joy here), tearing down walls, and creating a massive kitchen. We could see how good this space would be. Not only did she want an open concept space, with a dedicated office area that could be closed off, she wanted a large ensuite with a walk-in shower. The kitchen renovation would also be an entire main floor renovation.

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See all that oak? In all it’s sunshine ceiling glory? GONE!

The Design

The home owner met with a designer at Alford’s to go over the plans, select flooring, and co-ordinate interior finishes. They decided on a wide plank engineered hardwood floor, that would give them the country chic look they were after. The kitchen design features a 14 foot long island in quartzite, with a navy blue island and white cabinets. The dining area has a small built-in cabinet for dishes and wine, and the navy blue barn doors separate the office from the dining area.

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Navy blue island

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Custom stair railing with glass insert

Not only did we turn the closed off main area into a great open space, we gutted their ensuite and turned that into an amazing bathroom experience. The walk-in shower has a wall to wall lighted niche, heated floors, and a custom vanity. We used the Wedi waterproofing system to keep the water inside the shower, and prevent leaks from ruining any of the finishes in the basement.

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The crystal knobs are a nice touch

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Don’t you wish your shower had ambient lighting?

If you’re looking to renovate your kitchen, check out our blog on what you should know before you start. For more photos, check out our Facebook album!



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


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.

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New Main Floor Layout

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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.

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Dark vanity with granite in the tiled ensuite.

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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.

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

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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.

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


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