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WINTER 2016 • Volume 5 • Issue 4

Cabinets on either side of the cooker, painted to match the backsplash tile, are topped with butcher block, while the refrigerator and pantry are hidden within a fumed, rift white oak cabinet piece.

Cool for School Fit and Trim One of my favourite things is designing and installing trim work which can transform and unify a home. Think about doors, crown mouldings, casings, baseboards, wainscotting, and chair rails. We can put together a package of trim work that will dramatically transform your interior space. We recently added detailed wainscoting to a client's entry, stairs and second floor walls creating a historically appropriate unity to the entire home. Ror y

Our first inclination as kitchen designers is to design a kitchen that feels like it belongs. In most cases, it reflects the time period or history of the existing house; sometimes the house predates a standard kitchen and some invention is necessary as long as it makes sense to the home's architectural evolution. But what about a house that would not traditionally have a kitchen? We decided that the most natural design solution was to utilize the entire back wall of the room using unfitted, furniture style cabinets. We wanted the pieces to have the appearance of being collected and assembled over time. With a classic style and natural materials, such as reclaimed fir, marble and butcher block – sure to age well, this schoolhouse kitchen gets an A+ for longevity.

Rory McDonnell build4u.ca 519 275 3250 rory@build4u.ca

Our schoolhouse in The National Post on Dec. 10!

Two doors at the back, mimic the double front entrances.

The custom painted hutch stores glassware and dishes.

Reclaimed fir work-island with marble top and vintage sink.


Dormer Restoration We recently restored the dormer on 155 Queen Street in St. Marys. We saved the original structure and replicated all of the exterior mouldings and claddings and the windows were copied and reinstalled. The numerous layers of roofing were removed and a copper roof was fabricated and installed. The restored dormer is back in its rightful place for another 100+ years.

Beautifully detailed woodwork copied from the original.

Plenty of storage for laundry and linens, as well as coats.

A cozy sunroom addition to extend our client's living space.

A Sitting Room with a View A downsizing from farm living to a home in the city required a quiet and cozy room to enhance our clients' living space. As they are avid gardeners, we designed and built this addition for them to have many windows to enjoy the view of their future blooms throughout the seasons. The interior and exterior integrates seemlessly with the existing house and creates a warm and inviting space for relaxing and entertaining family.

Simple sink, white painted cabinets and grey subway tile.

Laundry Funtime! We transformed this plain and narrow laundry room into a laundry and mudroom which is truly pleasant to work in. Stacking laundry and streamlined painted cabinetry to the ceiling made the most of limited space. With room to spare for a bench seat and coat hooks.

Exterior finishes match the existing house.

Windows are the Soul ... We recently restored these windows and storms on a heritage designated home in Stratford. We can restore original wood windows and storms or produce new to match in longlasting materials, with hardware that allows you to open them for natural ventilation. Properly done they are as energy efficient as new windows.

Before: Limited space for laundry tasks and no storage.

Build news winter16  

Winter 16 news featuring an unfitted schoolhouse kitchen, detailed wainscotting and restored windows and dormers.

Build news winter16  

Winter 16 news featuring an unfitted schoolhouse kitchen, detailed wainscotting and restored windows and dormers.

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