Urban-Rustic Wentworth Estates Home Make0ver
Having recently purchased an estate home in a wooded area of Wentworth Estates; this family knew from the onset that several rooms needed help to make this Home truly work for their young family. Though this home was a fairly recent build, the specification level, and lack of functionality on both main and upper floors prompted these Health care professionals working in both Foothills and Cumming School of Medicine, to reach out to Pinnacle Group Renovations for a complete design and build service solution.
Pinnacle’s design team immediately flagged and identified some design flaws that, once revealed to these clients; made immediate sense to re-create a design that would address these initial design flaws and subsequently function in a wonderful way for their family. The outcome in this gallery tells this story better than words can, but the following criteria development may shed some light on how we collectively came up with the solutions that turned out with not only a much more functional design, but stunning aesthetics as well.
- Bring much better functionality to both main floor and upper floor
- Completely Transform this home while retaining an urban-rustic/Canmore-like style
- Create a stunning main floor mudroom/butler’s pantry/kitchen sequence, while retaining the gorgeous original hardwood floors
How the Criteria Was Met
Through Pinnacle Group Renovation’s extensive Design Discovery process using our proprietary DNA Doc; these clients helped identify exactly HOW they wanted to live in what would become their family home as they raised their two young children. The answers to that DNA Doc’s questionnaire allowed Pinnacle’s design team the flexibility to get wonderfully creative!
The early realization that the laundry could be relocated to a mostly un-used upper floor Den, now gave room for much better functionality of the main floor. As well, this design direction now could create a true laundry room that had its own allocated room vs being part of the main floor mudroom. The frustration with carrying loads of laundry up and down stairs and the disruptiveness that comes with stepping over laundry in the mudroom were now a thing of the past.
The main floor transformation was dramatic, but done very strategically so that the custom cabinetry for the kitchen and butler’s pantry would be re-designed without having to replace the wide plank hardwood that the homeowners really hoped to save; suffice to say, mission accomplished!
Additionally, by opening the kitchen ceiling, and working strategically with the current engineering of the home, the upper floor joists were extended, and the bearing wall separating kitchen and former laundry/mudroom was pushed back. This now allowed for a larger island and corridor, and a seamless pocket door with overhead custom bulkhead concealing the beams. This entire transition now opens from kitchen to the butler’s pantry, then another pocket door that opens to the new enlarged mudroom with direct access to the garage. Removing the laundry from this formerly cramped mudroom now truly allowed for an incredibly functional and aesthetically pleasing final result.
By listening to these homeowners in the early stages of design where they really hoped to have a more organic, warm-wood, urban-rustic aesthetic that would marry-up well with their current hardwood floors have created final result you see in this photo gallery. Custom stained maple by Pinnacle’s custom cabinet division along with a custom copper range hood canopy, then carrying that aesthetic through the walk through butler’s pantry and mudroom, allowed us to preserve some of the elements that first attracted them to this home. But now, every detail has a fabulous specification, the quality of finishes now reflect what this estate neighbourhood demands, and what this homeowner hoped to achieve.
The upper floor also received several key changes; the former den that remained largely unused was transformed to a beautiful laundry room. Again, because the original hardwood had to be worked around, we were able to carefully remove and salvage it from the new laundry space, replace that room with tile, but this salvaged hardwood allowed us just a bit more flexibility on the main floor renovation. The master walk in closet was transformed and the Girl’s bedroom was enlarged by relocating the bedroom closet inside the dedicated bath area. Though these two bedrooms has just a few elements changed, along with the laundry now on the same floor as the bedrooms; the functionality, the aesthetics, and the everyday usage of these transformed spaces now makes this home truly work for this family, vs the family having to work to live in this home.
The final outcome of this home from a fairly major makeover on the main floor to just a few rooms on the upper floor, accomplished this homeowner’s desired outcome. All floors have been re-designed for much better family functionality; now truly making their home their own for many years of enjoyment!