Renovated Stone Home
Many of you may recall this Stone Home from the summer of 2017. It was not featured here on the site but we did send it out as private notice to our community.
From that one email we generated a ton of interest. (Not surprising because this was a tremendous offering – a BIG stone home on a private lot just over an hour from Toronto. We knew we’d find a buyer quickly. And We did. It took a week !!! That’s a week to make the deal… as is often the case with these old homes the title was a bit of mixed bag. This was a bit more confusing than most and took a very long time to close. But patience paid off. The owners took possession and started making a dream come true.
They’ve been kind enough to share the journey with us.
It Takes A Vision
There has been a ton of gutting and demolition. Way too much for one post. Today we’ll focus on the kitchen/dining room and upper hall. In the following news letters we’ll add more as we go.
The Dining Room and Kitchen take up the east half of the original main floor. The dining room french door is on the right side of the home pictured above.
The original Kitchen was a galley style and in need of significant updating.
The dining room faced south. The window on the right in the picture above is actually a french door that opens into the front of the house. All the trims / panels / and floors were in excellent condition. Imagine the light that would flood into to kitchen if the wall was removed. AND the formal dining room would make way to a family area big enough for a chef’s kitchen and room for relaxing as well. The bonus was that the whole space would walk out onto the south facing yard. In time maybe we’ll find a patio or deck out there.
The demolition has been completed.
Above is standing at the french door looking into the room. It’s been completely opened up. In the back left corner you can see the door that leads to the center hall. One challenge with this home is that there is no basement. This has caused some unique construction options. The north wall was taken right back to the stone hoping that some of it could remain exposed. Unfortunately, as is often the case, the masons just didn’t take the time to make the inside nice enough to show off.
When purchased, the home had a forced air propane furnace. But as is always the case getting ducts into a stone home is not easy so the system was not efficient. Not having a basement further complicated the process. Because so much of the structure would be open, the owners opted to install a new hot water radiant heating system. The pipes have been run to fit into the alcove below each window (you can see 2 white pipes in the photo above). Again, the lack of a basement caused for an adjustment. The controls and manifolds for the heating are behind the white panel on the north wall. It will built into the kitchen perfectly.
Looking south from back of the kitchen. This is going to be an outstanding room.
Again you can see the pipes and mounting bracket for the new radiator under the window.
This was a much larger home than it looks. Taking some of the private space and creating common areas will really make it feel roomy.