This split level house is located in a beautiful Valley Woods neighborhood. The House was originally built in 70s and had never seen any renovations. The new owner wanted to update the home and create a more modern and open concept. To achieve this concept, we ended up needing to do some major restructuring. This included the construction of an extension to the front of the house, addition of two new bedrooms and the conversion of one of the old bedrooms into the master bathroom among many others.

Exterior

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The steps to the entrance were very impractical as they were narrow and prone to freezing over in the winter. They had to go.

The outdated brick masonry was removed and replaced with new siding giving it a fresh and more modern look.

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No more steps means a much more practical entrance.

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Patio doors and balcony were added for easy access to the beautiful backyard.

Foyer

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This window was converted into the foyer entrance.

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This wall was fully opened up with new stainless steel bars added to support the main floor.

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On the other side of the wall is the garage which was extended to add the mudroom and another bedroom.

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By removing the wall between the two levels (the living room area and foyer) and constructing the see through stairs, we created a modern and open concept with easier access to the other levels. The stairs were also moved from the back of the house to the front.

Living Room

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The walls in the main living room area really constricted the space.

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This stairwell was removed to make room in the kitchen for the new french door fridge.

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The area now feels much bigger without all the walls.

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The fridge is now in place of the old stairs.

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All the lighting fixtures were updated with the addition of pot lights for precise lighting.

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The brick fireplace was removed to make room for a more modern electric fireplace and additional windows to allow for more light during the day.

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The stucco was removed altogether.

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All the windows were updated to a more modern standard.

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We removed the shaggy carpet for a more elegant hardwood flooring in it’s place.

Kitchen & Dining

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We had to remove the old barn style cabinets.

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The boiler room furnace chimney was also removed as it was no longer needed with the modern system.

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The stove was replaced by built in convection oven and microwave system with additional cabinet space.

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The island now houses the new induction cook top and downdraft hood system.

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The old fashioned laminate counter tops were replaced with granite, accompanied by the beautiful glass back splash and modern under mount sink.

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The granite counter tops add great contrast and texture against the dark cabinets and elegant ceramic flooring.

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We opened up this wall and replaced it with the island.

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All the old oil heating system was removed and replaced with a much more compact and affordable ETS system.

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The outdated lighting fixtures had to be removed.

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The new lighting fixture accompanied by the pot lights really bring this home into the 21st century.

Baths

The only full size bathroom was actually very small and unfitting for the new home. The room was cleared out and turned into a walk in closet.

We instead converted the smallest bedroom into the new master bathroom.

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The new wall mount cabinets feature two above counter vessel sinks and waterfall faucets.

A second full bath was added in the basement along with the powder room in the foyer.

Bedrooms

Basement

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The half bath in the basement was removed to make more room.

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Behind this wall was the old furnace room which was completely cleared to make room for the new bathroom and basement utility room.