Blending Glamour with Heritage
The Challenge: Replacing and working with the infrastructure
From initial consult to completion this project took an entire year. The planning was key, the client and I spent months together collaborating prior to any demolition. Our vision was clear, our planning was solid, five rooms were re-designed, each with it’s own unique composition.
I was in the presence of a beautiful home, without a doubt the best view of the city of Fredericton. The homeowner had a flair like no other, she knew what she wanted and my job was to deliver and surprise her along the way. I really wanted to bring the “wow factor “to each room. I wanted her to walk into each space and fall in love. I wasn’t bringing a heritage home back to it’s luster. I was taking a heritage home and updating the style and interior to match the client’s personalty and taste.
This was no small undertaking. There were surprises galore once the demolition began. The key was to decide what non threatening quirks could we embrace and which ones we could not ignore. When you are involved in a major renovation such as this home you must ensure the contractor you bring to the table has the right team and experience to execute. This project was a true collaboration between contractor, client and designer.
From designing a new window for her home office to allow her to have the full experience of the city’s skyline to replacing rotting joists, updating electrical dealing with uneven walls … this renovation threw everything at us. The space that created the most infrastructural challenges was the new laundry room. This previous en-suite had water rot, poor electrical and lacked the proper level of insulation. The room had to be completely gutted and rebuilt prior to any introduction of the design elements. That was just the infrastructure.
The design was also very challenging as custom pieces for her office, powder room , laundry room and home gym had to be created. This client did not want an “out of the box” look shall we say, everything had to be unique. This was my first time designing furniture. I handed all my custom designs to a local company who created all the splendid pieces. If you follow me, you know that I use local trades and craftsmanship in all my designs. We have extremely talented individuals right here in Fredericton!
I could write forever on this project, there is so much to share but in the end I will simply say, this project was a true labour of love. When you work for a year on a renovation such as this one, you can’t help but become very emotionally involved. It was an honor and privilege to bring the vision to life.
~I’ll let the pictures speak for themself~