As a Winnipeg interior designer, I am often called upon by clients to help refresh and remodel homes
they have recently purchased. This type of client usually falls in love with some aspect of the recently purchased home. It could be the yard, the family room, the location, but there are often parts of the home they don’t like.
This is exactly what happened for a couple who purchased this Charleswood home. They loved the location, it was close to their children and grandchildren. They loved the space, they had a front living room for the adults to sit and entertain, as well as a fabulous family room located at the back of the home for the grandchildren to play. The home was almost exactly what they were looking for, but as with most new home purchases, there were things they did not like.
One of the main things they did not like was that the kitchen was dated. The cupboards were from the early 90s. There had been walls torn out, leaving a difficult transition point where two different types of hardwood met. Who ever had originally renovated the home likely proceeded with the project with out the help of a Winnipeg interior designer. The couple knew something was wrong with the way it looked, but could not exactly figure out how to fix it.
When I entered the home, the first thing on my mind was how to fix the floor transition point. The new hardwood had a raised divider which overlapped the existing wood floor. The transition point was located exactly where the dining table was going to sit, and where a major traffic area existed. Not only did the raised transition not look nice, but the legs of the dining chairs could easily become hooked on it, and people could easily trip, especially toddlers and elderly visitors.
To remedy the transition point problem, I had the couple check with a contractor to determine whether the wall between the kitchen and dining room could be shortened with out affecting the structure. Once it was determined that the wall was non-load bearing, the wall between dining and kitchen was shortened. I helped the clients select a beautiful tile for the floor, that coordinated with the new cabinets and back splash. I then directed the tile installers to run the tile from the kitchen into the dining area which served to divide the two hardwoods and eliminated the raised transition point. The tile floor became the transition point. Because the two hardwoods looked similar, most people were unaware that they were even different. The tile selected also pulled on the wood color of the two floors and made a harmonious flow of color and style.
The following are after pictures of the newly renovated kitchen:
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