The All Canadian Way
Renovating a home can be a daunting task. In addition to the actual planning and labour, there are always unforeseen issues that arise, changes in plans, and other factors that can affect the construction timeline. Most often, however, the lengthened time spent working on a home brings about something positive, as evidenced by a recent home renovated by All Canadian Renovations.
The transformation of the Stony Mountain home began with the homeowner inquiring about the renovation of only two rooms. The project eventually progressed to an overhaul of much of the house, which has been nearly completely redone in an effort to modernize it.
“The house was built in the early 1970s—it was really state-of-the-art at that time,” says Marcel Verrier, the renovation consultant at All Canadian Renovations who is overseeing the project, which began in March. “There weren’t really any challenges or obstacles that we came across during the construction—the home was very well-built; it just needed a lot of updating.”
All Canadian Renovations, a locally owned and operated company with over 35 years of experience, took care of all of those updates. The company employs its own designer, carpenters, plumbers and electricians so its clients deal only with a renovation consultant like Verrier, who sees each project through from start to finish to ensure the final result reflects the client’s vision.
And the final result on the Stony Mountain home was phenomenal. “The home is traditional but very modern in the sense that it is all updated to modern amenities and cabinets,” says Verrier.
One of those modern amenities was luxurious in-floor heating in-stalled in several areas of the home, along with marble tile flooring completing the look and the existing hardwood flooring remaining in some areas.The kitchen, which was originally supposed to be the focal point of the renovations along with the bathroom, was completely redesigned to include a number of brand-new, high-end amenities. “This is definitely an upscale kitchen,” says Verrier.
Among the changes to the kitchen was a custom bay window installed above the sink, overlooking the poolroom. The room also boasts custom two-tone cherrywood cabinets, glazed in espresso and cognac. Stainless steel and copper backsplash tiles and trim around the bulkhead of the island were installed, giving the kitchen a fresh look.
The stainless steel in the kitchen area matches the stainless steel counters in the laundry room as well as a newly installed stainless steel railing, which accompanies the stairs leading down to the basement. Verrier’s team opened up the wall between the kitchen, dining room and living room to create a great room, a highlight of which is the stunning railing.
The lower level of the house also saw renovations, including a major update to the dated flooring. “We redid the stairs completely and also updated the flooring from a shag carpet to duraceramic tile,” says Verrier.
Also part of the basement renovations was the installation of wall sconces and several types of shelving to accommodate the homeowner’s various collections. “She has many collections of small ornaments and now she has many shelves to display them,” says Verrier. To make the basement even more inviting a space, the crew also installed an electric fireplace there, as well as in the living room upstairs, where they replaced a wood-burning fireplace with the electric one.
The home’s bathrooms were also a primary focus of the renovation, with the main bathroom completely gutted to make way for more modern amenities, including new fixtures, all-new custom cabinetry, marble tile flooring, as well as marble tile on the walls and tub surround. “The original bathroom was very dated, with partition walls separating the tub from the front room,” says Verrier.
The master bedroom boasted a closet with a two-piece bathroom, which the crew opened up to design an upscale en suite bathroom, complete with the in-floor heat and marble tile flooring that graces much of the home, as well as a custom shower with a steam unit and body sprays, and a lavish toilet. “There is a lot of custom mill work in each bathroom,” says Verrier, adding that all of the flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms consists of the same tones to ensure a more seamless look.
In addition to renovating the rooms, All Canadian Renovations reshingled the house’s roof, updated many of the windows to large picture windows and built a custom-made addition to the house, which, as of press time, had yet to be completed but will eventually show prominently as a relaxing space that fits in perfectly with the rest of the home.
“The house has a rectangular room attached to the back of it, with a pentagonal gazebo attached to that,” says Verrier of the addition, which features custom windows all the way around to let in as much natural light as possible. “The windows are triplepaned to keep the heat in during the winter and reflect the sun in the summer to keep it cooler.”
Indeed, All Canadian Renovations transformed much more of the home than what was originally planned, but the final result—a dramatic update to an already eye-catching home—definitely reflected the homeowner’s vision and then some.