Before & After: What the Doctor Ordered

We are so excited to show you the Before & After photos from our "What the Doctor Ordered" project! We absolutely loved working with the owner to turn her dream house into a reality. Many hours of laughter (& reviewing wallpaper patterns) went into creating the perfect home, full of love & personality. 

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A little background on the house: Built in the late 1980's, there was outdated green carpet, a kitchen that didn't induce any inspiration, and yellow oak EVERYWHERE! We fully renovated the Main & Second Floor to reflect a traditional & feminine style, complete with built-in shelving, custom glass work, and a whole lot of wallpaper! The exterior of the home also received a face lift with new stone, window trims, and siding.


The Front entrance was a little blah. It had all the original finishes from the 80's and a tiny octagon window that hardly let in any light. A new glamorous black front door and a larger rectangular window allowed more natural light to pour into the space. We removed the oak railing dividing the entrance from the living room and built a custom bench seat with wainscoting and hidden storage!

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The existing stairs needed some "wow" factor. Faded carpet and the most basic of railings showed the age of the home. A curious tree mural extending up the front wall into the staircase was painted over, and we shifted the focal point to the gorgeous staircase. A new black railing and show-stealing damask wallpaper now welcomes visitors to the home.

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The Kitchen in the existing home lacked storage. The area allotted for the fridge was grossly undersized, and a micro-pantry competed for space with an oddly angled built-in bar. We moved the fridge location and eliminated the pantry and bar, opting for full built-in pantry cabinets to give the homeowner as much efficient storage space as possible. New white maple cabinets with quartz counter tops and the simple white subway tile back splash add elegance to the space.

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Fireplaces bring people together, especially in Alberta (land of the 7-month winter). The original fireplace with built-in mantle was beautiful in it's day, but had to be refreshed to suit the rest of the home. We installed wall-to-wall built-ins with amazing carpentry details, and used a grey & black stacked stone (reminiscent of the stone we put on the exterior) to center the unit. Glass doors mirror the kitchen cabinetry, tying the open rooms together.

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The Existing Main Floor Powder Room was fairly basic; simple oak vanity, a neutral paint colour & fluorescent light valance. Well, that wouldn't do! Enter fabulous wallpaper, floor-to-ceiling glass subway tile behind the toilet & vanity, and a drop-dead gorgeous custom glass counter top, made by #YEG Locals, Flux Glass Studio. It's truly a "one of a kind" powder room!

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How do you make a Hallway special? Install a custom built-in reading nook, killer wallpaper, and sleek black painted doors! The new deep brown hardwood flooring extends into all three bedrooms upstairs, consistent with the main floor. The Master Suite received new french doors with frosted glass privacy panels. Who would've thought a hallway would turn into a beloved space to retreat with a good book?

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Continuing upstairs, the Ensuite was designed to be a spa-like oasis for the homeowner. We completely gutted the ensuite & master closet to reconfigure the space (and yes, we tossed the wooden toilet seat --- OUCH!). More than just a bathroom, we wanted to create a luxurious space for the owner to retreat to for a relaxing soak in the tub after a long day of work. More storage was added by installing a full-height linen tower next to the vanity, and the entrance to the walk-in closet was shifted from the bedroom into the bathroom. 

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We love the glamorous look of Cambria Quartz (FloForm Countertops), and chose to install it on the vanity, tub deck, and shower bench. The custom glass shower enclosure (Top Shelf Closets & Glass) shows off all the beautiful marbled tile within. Hunter Douglas window coverings allow light into the room while still providing privacy. Waterproof puck lights installed in the shower shampoo niche add a touch of elegance, and soft grey Benjamin Moore CSP-100 "Cosmopolitan" paint provides the perfect backdrop.

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And finally, the exterior! A new garage door, new front door, windows with black trim, and stacked stone give the home a refined and timeless update. A new roof was installed, and exterior garage lighting was updated. What a difference!

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If you're still hungry for more "after" shots, head over this way to see them all! 

- Aims

Note: All "After" photos by Shane Kuhn, inFokus Design