Earlier this year a friend of mine called me up and said – I bought a house and I need some design help, can you please help me? My answer was obviously YES, I will never turn down a job especially not for a friend of mine. Since they didn’t have possession of the property yet, he sent me pictures of the listing so that I could visualize the space and start my concept design process. I was not only happy but extremely surprised, his new home was around the corner from mine, what a coincidence and how convenient for me!

Since the house is one of these standard narrow East York Toronto homes, the lack of storage is obvious. In order to make the whole space read as one great open concept living – dining area we decided to design custom built-ins on either side of the fireplace. Left side being the TV unit with room for all their sound system, playstation and other media devices. The right side was left for their bar. Did I say my clients love to entertain? The bar is now a great servery area for plating up dishes at parties or displaying wine bottles and glasses. The base cabinet houses pull-outs for liquor and a custom designed pull-out for tilted wine bottles. In addition to all this, we also added a broom closet at the end of the bar which is conveniently located near the existing kitchen.

The fire place was originally cladded in a white veneer stone and the existing fireplace was allocated too high for my clients liking. They wanted to ideally be able to add a mantel for hanging their christmas stockings over the holidays, I mean – who wouldn’t? The only way to resolve this was to tear down the whole fireplace, so we did. Instead of re-cladding it in new stone, we added custom mill-work paneling with an incorporated mantel to go with the adjacent cabinetry. Added a lovely marble slab around the new fireplace and it all came together so lovely.

This was a lovely project to work on and I’m even more excited since I also get to enjoy this space while visiting my friends and neighbours next door.


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