Updating A Heritage Home With Quality and Care

Restoring Historical Beauty

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Project Details

Square Footage
Approximately 1610
Lead Designer
Bonnie Hardy, Leah Turner
Lead Carpenter
Randy McCulloch, Dan Wall, Cabinets by Rob Hopkins and Larry Walker
London’s Historic Downtown
Awards & Recognition
Kitchen, Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Foyer

A few years ago, these clients called and asked Craig to meet them at a new address, excitedly announcing that they’d found “the perfect house” that they had a special vision for. Built in 1880 and eventually used as a rooming house, we all agreed that this home was 6000 square feet of historical beauty and potential. And we couldn’t wait to get to work.

Comfortable, Inviting Apartment Units

The clients decided to keep two back upper units as separate apartments, and the rest as their main house. To bring their vision to life, the work was approached in phases. 

Phase 1 was focused on these two apartments, consulting with the Heritage Department along the way to obtain permits for the work and to add steel where needed. The space was opened up, and made fully fire safe and soundproofed. By duplicating the baseboards and trim to match the original, the space’s character and visible history remains intact. Exposed brick was left visible wherever possible to add additional beauty and charm. These homeowners viewed the apartments as extensions of the main home, and wanted to ensure they were warm, welcoming and respectful of the space’s heritage. 


Main Floor Enhancements

To create additional space, two powder rooms and an extra kitchen (that was installed in the 80s), were removed, and a few formerly closed off doors were opened. As a result of these changes, the front foyer was restored to its original glory, with the original Italianate plaster moldings, main staircase and railings remaining in place. 

An updated kitchen is a stunning, core space, with a granite countertop on the island and quartz surrounding it. 

Old closets were also removed, and a custom, handcrafted bench and cubbies were added to provide additional storage space, and an additional powder room was extended to accommodate a new sink and toilet. Next was the ensuite bathroom, where we found a stunning piece of architectural trim work buried in the walls, and then used it as a feature for the copper tub.  

Last but not least, a not so aesthetically pleasing electrical panel was relocated to the basement. 

Coming soon is an inviting front porch and entrance, built to welcome all who enter into this magnificent home.