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Freda & Eric

Freda and Eric bought their first home six years ago, when their daughter was born. They loved that the family before them had happily lived there for 40 years, and moved in hoping to do the same. But with the recent arrival of their son, they’re learning that the closed-off layout, lack of storage and underutilized space isn’t working for their growing family. They needed us to transform the main floor, balance their modern esthetic with child-friendly function, and deliver them a home that they’ll love for the next 40 years.

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wdt_ID Room Product Type STYLE Product Company Product Code/Sku
1 Main Floor Pot Lights HLB4LED HLB4LED HALO HLB4LED
2 Main Floor Hardwood Flooring Brevik (White Oak) Brevik (White Oak) CRAFT Artisan Wood Floors N/A
3 Main Floor Floor Vents Aria Lite Floor Vents Aria Lite Floor Vents Aria Vents N/A
4 Dining Room Dining Table Bluff Heights Dining Table - Weathered Nutmeg Bluff Heights Dining Table - Weathered Nutmeg The Brick BLHTCDTB 
5 Living Room Fireplace Portrait Series, Clearview Front Portrait Series, Clearview Front Valor Gas Fireplaces 545CFV
6 Living Room Pendant Light Alba by Dainolite Alba by Dainolite Lights Canada ALB-121P-SC
7 Living Room Cabinetry Knobs Trail Knobs Trail Knobs Emtek 86271
8 Living Room Accent Chair Venice Velvet Accent Chair - Blue Venice Velvet Accent Chair - Blue The Brick VENIBLAC
9 Living Room Table Lamp Modern Marble and Metal Table Lamp Modern Marble and Metal Table Lamp The Brick LL1496TL
10 Living Room Décor Scott Living Oasis Blue Wood Rings Pillar Candle Holder Scott Living Oasis Blue Wood Rings Pillar Candle Holder Scott Living N/A

Before & After


A working fireplace was high on Freda’s must-have list, and who could blame her? Putting a bunch of candles in an original fireplace was not suitable for heating purposes or for a family with small kids. We slipped a nice gas insert in and surrounded it with custom built-in cabinets, complemented by a recessed mantel that Drew suggested (and Jonathan agreed with, much to his chagrin).


Sure, the kids will have homework in their future, but we wanted them to have a place where they could grab their shoes and run out to play as soon as they finished. Our solution: a custom mudroom/desk combo, right up against the far kitchen wall so Freda and Eric could oversee those assignments.


Let’s face it: potty training and stairs do not mix. So when were able to give Freda and Eric the ground-floor powder room they needed, let’s just say everyone was … relieved. Taking out a hallway wall allowed us to tuck the bathroom into a small space, but we still wanted it to feel like a feature. The two-tone paint here does just the trick.

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Art Director: Katelyn Rempel
Construction Lead: Adam Marmo

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