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This project took a dilapidated 1½-storey addition with no access from the second floor and a deck that was falling apart and replaced it with a larger two-storey addition that meets the needs of the homeowners.

“It speaks to the possibilities of what we can do to an older home,” says Lagois owner Herb Lagois.

The owners wanted to maintain the character of the existing home in a neighbourhood where many of the homes are torn down and replaced by an oversized infill, he says. “We got a lot of compliments from neighbours thanking us for not doing that.”

The main floor of the addition includes a mudroom entrance, a bathroom with shower, living room and a flex room that could later be converted to a bedroom if main-floor living became a necessity.

The second floor adds a large master suite with double-access walk-in closet and large ensuite. The ensuite, which has become a favourite space for the owners, Lagois says, features a wet zone with freestanding tub and door-less shower, plus a double vanity and toilet room.

Access from the second floor was created by turning a small bedroom into a laundry room and creating a hallway to the new master suite. Converting a window opening into a door meant minimal structural changes.

Outside, exterior colours were chosen to complement the existing brick and the roofline was designed to stay below the peak of the existing mansard roof. Large windows with grilles overlook the backyard for a garden room feel.

The five-month project finished on time thanks to a significant amount of planning ahead of time. “That’s key,” Lagois says. “To me, a successful project is all about planning.”

Source: Anita Murray, All Things Home

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