Friday, July 27, 2012

Welcome and Happy Birthday!

This is a blog about our new home and some of the projects that we'll be doing around it.  If you've ever read my previous blog Roncesvalles Victorian Reno Diary, you'll know you can expect some DIY projects large and small.  In this blog i am going to try to focus on maximizing design dollars.  I'm also going to put more emphasis on designing child friendly spaces, that are both stylish, comfortable and durable.

The home is Edwardian in style and was built in 1912.  Happy 100th birthday home!  It has been kept in immaculate shape by all of its previous owners.  Almost all of the original details are still intact.  In fact it even still has some of the decommissioned piping from when the home was lit with natural gas lights.  Here is just a small sample of the detail that would be very hard or near impossible to replace today.

Oak herringbone floors:

Beautiful hardwood border in foyer:

Leaded glass:

Original doors, with original door knobs:

You could tell that the couple we bought the home from loved it very much, not only by the pristine condition they kept things in, but also because they generously gifted us with a binder full of the home's history that they researched from the City Archives.  Like them we plan on keeping the original details intact.  Like i said at the outset, we plan on keeping this renovation budget-friendly.  And the best way to do that is to work with what's there.  Hope you join me as i makeover this 100 year old beauty.


  1. Congratulations, Kyle! I'm so looking forward to the new blog. Your new house is absolutely gorgeous-- I can't get over those floors! You are so right about not being able to duplicate that stuff. It really isn't quite the same when it's brand new.

  2. This house has stunning features! Congratulations! Looking forward to following your new projects!

  3. The best captured photo is the window glass but if you wanna ask me if what I want in renovation process that is the bathroom using frosted glass . Nice one!