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One for the Ages

Welcome to my home, Bonnie here and just to be transparent, this is Craig’s and my house in London’s Wortley Village. This house required both a building permit and a Heritage permit.   I plan to write a blog about the process, but in short, it is a bit time consuming but a fair process. When we moved to London in 1990, our first home was a tiny century cottage on Briscoe St. With 3 kids we moved to Westmount for the pool and outdoor space, but our hearts stayed in Old South, so after a new build and a rental, we are back home closer to the heart of Old South. We downsized, and this was the perfect space for us.  Craig has done all the renovations himself over the past 3 years, and Covid-19 brought our eldest daughter home, and while she worked remotely together, they finished the bump-out, and rebuilt the front porch and completed several other projects.  We did not move in until the interior was “livable”. 

The main floor was completely pulled back to the studs, and we relocated the kitchen to have the large stain glass window over the sink and to be open to the living room.  The bump-out (which required a variance) was done to create enough space to keep the living space intimate but allow room for the built-in and of course a fireplace.  We relocated the staircase (you know, those steeps steps to the dungeon in old houses), to the previously built back addition, this created space to tuck in a two-piece bath on the main floor).  Every inch in an old house is precious, so built-in millwork went everywhere. The kitchen is still small but well laid out so my daughter and I can still put down 2 bushels of tomatoes each fall.  Upstairs, the smallest bedroom has been converted to an Ensuite, which is accessible, and then the laundry room was tricked out and has the entrance to the upper back deck where there is a hot tub.  Much of this house is accessible and was designed so we can age in place.  A stairlift will even fit up those stairs, but Craig says he will find a spot for an elevator!  We reused all the original trim, (lots of sanding) and doors, we did put new engineered wood throughout and unique tiles in keeping with the Edwardian intentions of the original build. 

Landscaping, exterior work and more were done and to but like the cobblers’ kids with no shoes, the carpenters’ house is never really done.  

Welcome to my home, Bonnie here and just to be transparent, this is Craig’s and my house in London’s Wortley Village. This house required both a building permit and a Heritage permit.  I plan to write a blog about the process, but in short, it is a bit time consuming but a fair process. When we moved to London in 1990, our first home was a tiny century cottage on Briscoe St. With 3 kids we moved to Westmount for the pool and outdoor space, but our hearts stayed in Old South, so after a new build and a rental, we are back home closer to the heart of Old South.

We downsized, and this was the perfect space for us.  Craig has done all the renovations himself over the past 3 years, and Covid-19 brought our eldest daughter home, and while she worked remotely together, they finished the bump-out, and rebuilt the front porch and completed several other projects.  We did not move in until the interior was “livable”. 

Category: Renovation

Square feet: 1600

Work Completed: On going

Colour Palette: Historical

Designer: Bonnie Hardy

Lead Carpenter: Craig Hardy

Category: Renovation

Square feet: 1600

Work Completed: On going

Colour Palette: Historical

Designer: Bonnie Hardy

Lead Carpenter: Craig Hardy

Main floor Before

Main floor After

Second floor Before

Second floor After

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