Cozy, classic, and oh so charming, this home renovation shows just how important a floorplan is for beautiful, comfortable living. Having the freedom to make some impactful changes, Thorpe Concepts reimagined the flow of this Ontario home to create a space that works for a busy family while still proffering calming moments. Interiors by Young Glass captured the gorgeous shots below.
From the designer… Nestled in an idyllic neighbourhood next to a quaint pond and amongst sweet family homes, lies one of our favourite renovations to date. Our client came to us with a complete renovation — wanting to create something that was both colonial in stature and earthy in feel. Aside from that, she gave us pretty much free rein, which as designers, is a special type of project.
Throughout the project, we had to continually keep in mind that we were designing a home for a busy family with two energetic little boys. We had to prioritize a space that was extremely functional and liveable while having beautiful moments intertwined.
The first step was to finalize a floor plan. We transformed the layout completely from the original space which housed a small kitchen directly in the centre of the house. Instead, we nestled the kitchen in the northeast corner, which was previously a dining room. This change allowed us to have enough wall space for a statement range area, along with a sink window overlooking the garden. It also created plenty of room for us to build a butler’s bar and dining space where the kitchen once was.
As with many renovations, one of our primary challenges was finding a way to create a grand and open space within the confines of eight-foot ceilings. We did this by creating some key focal points such as the arched cooking alcove with statement stone running up the wall – an element that brought a rich homey vibe and became our clients’ favourite feature. The low profile island pendants also helped us by providing a large impact despite not having higher ceilings normally needed for oversized lighting.
We brought together our clients’ love for old-world elements and earthy tones by pairing warm brass hardware and veined stone, along with tying in arched elements throughout both the kitchen and the butler’s bar.
The greatest moment of all came for us during the final photoshoot, as we prepared to pack up after a long day of staging and shooting, and found ourselves in the golden light of sunset pouring in through the kitchen windows. The space was so warm and cosy none of us wanted to leave! We just wanted to sit at their island and chat all night. It’s in these moments, when you feel the power of a well-designed space creating connection, that you feel most fulfilled as a designer.
Like what you see? Take a peek at the talent behind the story… Interior Design & Custom Millwork: Thorpe Concepts· Photography: Interiors by Young Glass · Hardware & Lighting: Thorpe Collection · Contractor: TimCo Group