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rooms with views ~ finally

Posted by Cobi on Monday July 22, 2013 at 06:59 AM
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Almost exactly one year ago, we arrived home from our annual summer holiday in the Maritimes, and is what my son Aidan’s room looked like:

Aidan's room demolished

And this is what my daughter Charlotte’s room looked like:

Charlotte's room demolished

We were launching into a major renovation of our second floor and decided to get some of the loud, messy demolition done while we were out of the house.

If I’m to give full disclosure, you must see what our dining room looked like for 6 months. It acted as both kids closet and storage area:

dining room during reno

dining room during reno

No dinner parties here last fall!

The reno took a number of nasty turns that I am choosing to forget, but I’ll always remember that it was late fall (around the time of the torrential rain storms you may remember?) …

guys with holes cut in roof

…when we finally had two holes cut in our roof for the dormers that were being added to each of the kids rooms:

house with tarps

Funny I never noticed how lovely the leaves were last fall. I must have been distracted by the flapping of tarps in the hurricane.

With a lot of faith, hope and even more patience and rope, eventually, this…

roof tarped

turned into this…

dormers getting built

turned into this…

house in snow

And inside - Aidan’s room turned into this…

Aidan's dormer

Aidan's dormer wall

And Charlotte’s into this…

charlotte's dormer wall

Charlotte's dormer

Both kids enjoy their private spaces and bird’s eye view of the world…

Aidan 3 quarter

Aidan - short

Charlotte's dormer 3/4

Charlotte's dormer short

We talked about adding those damned dormers for almost 10 years. They do everything I knew they would - add character, light and space to rooms that felt dark and isolated, but I’m not the type of person to say I told you so.

The neighbours seems thrilled with our renovation as it stands out against all the new-builds in our area. The guys get a good chuckle out of complimenting me on my “great dormers” and the women make it all feel worthwhile when when they tell me it looks like they were always there. That’s exactly what we’d hoped - a new lease on life for a lovely older home - she’s got a few good years left in her yet.

Paint colours for anyone interested:

Boy’s room: Benjamin Moore Navajo White OC-95

Girl’s room: Benjamin Moore Cloud White OC-40 and Baby Boy Blue 2056-50


Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/01 at 08:10 PM

Hey Cobi, when my children were young and I was home, I had a subscription to Canadian House&Home;. I looked forward to every new edition and I always read your editorial first. I loved your writing. You were very unique from any other editorial in a design magazine at the time….it wasn’t a typical overview of what I would see on the pages….It was always clever, insightful and relatable (and usually funny). My sister lives in the States and at times I would call and read/choke through the ones that were especially great.  I have been entirely out of the loop for a number of years and am so happy to find a link here.  I’m looking forward to perambulating about your current builds, designs and hopefully…some writing. Thanks! Patti

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/12 at 12:40 PM

It looks fantastic both inside and out! Congrats! grin

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/24 at 03:52 PM

That is an amazing transformation of the roof line. It looks like the house was built that way. Well done.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/23 at 10:03 AM

Amazing. What a beautiful addition to your home Cobi.  Love the birds eye view in the kids rooms.  Ahhhh, such talent!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/22 at 08:12 PM


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