Design Portfolio – Ottawa Street South
This project was a true labour of love for a young first-time homebuyer who hired us shortly after purchasing his home, pre-construction, from a local builder.
Our client came armed with very detailed Pinterest boards that clearly articulated the overall look and feel he wanted to achieve in his home.
After placing complete trust in us and giving us the autonomy to make the best design, budget and décor and decisions for him, we began working closely with his builder’s design centre and our dedicated interior design and trades teams to make his dream a reality.
The greatest early challenge for our team was managing the budget. Much time was spent weighing the options and trade-offs of builder upgrades vs. post-possession upgrades.
An important aspect of this process was working with a local real estate appraiser with the ability to accurately value the home, such that we could ensure that we weren’t over-investing.
The most major alteration we made to the builder’s main floor plan was our redesign and expansion of the kitchen. What was meant to be a very small kitchen, with an equally small dining room, was expanded to create one large combined space. This was the easy part.
The exciting and more challenging part came as we began to tease apart the design for his dining table. Our client wanted to begin to entertain more and so was after generous seating for eight. We wanted to ensure greater functionality by including additional island type space that would allow for bar/buffet set up, hence greater ease of entertaining.
This process required very closely integrated work between our kitchen designer, millwright, stainless steel fabricator, plumber and electrician.
The result is a fabulous solid walnut table, bookended with navy blue cabinets, shrouded with stainless steel waterfall tops, a seamless integrated stainless sink, wine fridge and hidden microwave. He is in love!
For our client, this project was not completed without the typical stress associated with purchasing a first home, pre-construction.
We had to deal with convincing the builder to allow us to modify the property, we had to deal with trades strikes that pushed back closing multiple times and – this is unavoidable. What lessened his stress, is that he could rest assured that it would all work out in the end.