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Nicole & Graeme

Nicole’s grandfather built their home in the 1950s. The home is rich with family history, and Nicole and husband Graeme are happy as can be, raising their three kids in the home she grew up in. But a house that used to work for three people was no longer functioning for their family of five. The windows in the kitchen leaked, the uneven floors were tripping hazards, and the dining room felt cramped. In other words: we couldn’t wait to get started.

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wdt_ID Room Product Type STYLE Product Company Product Code/Sku
1 Main Floor Pot Lights HLB4LED HLB4LED HALO HLB4 LED
2 Main Floor Vents Aria Lite Aria Lite Aria Vent N/A
3 Main Floor Hardwood Flooring Stylewood Stylewood CRAFT Artisan Wood Floors N/A
4 Front Entry Hardware Adelaide Entry Set Adelaide Entry Set Emtek 3312
5 Kitchen Faucet Catris Catris Blanco 401918
6 Kitchen Sink Quatrus U 2 Quatrus U 2 Blanco 401247
7 Kitchen Accessory Sink Grid Sink Grid Blanco 406349
8 Kitchen Hardware Cabinet Edge Pull Cabinet Edge Pull Emtek 87120
9 Kitchen Hardware Warwick Pull Warwick Pull Emtek 86708
10 Kitchen Backsplash Con Bone White 0.5"x6" Stripe Mosaic Tile Con Bone White 0.5"x6" Stripe Mosaic Tile Tile Master UN-IC-BW-STR
11 Kitchen Window Kitchen Window Kitchen Window Casa Bella Windows and Doors N/A
12 Family Room Lighting Monte Carlo Maverick Matte Black Ceiling Fan Monte Carlo Maverick Matte Black Ceiling Fan Lights Canada 3MAVR60BKBK
13 Dining Room Lighting Hudson Valley Herkimer Aged Brass Pendant Hudson Valley Herkimer Aged Brass Pendant Lights Canada 3325-AGB
14 Bathroom Hardware Towel Bar Towel Bar Emtek 28022/ 28021
15 Bathroom Hardware Paper Holder Paper Holder Emtek 2804
16 Bathroom Hardware Double Hook Double Hook Emtek 2809
17 Bathroom Hardware Towel Ring Towel Ring Emtek 2801
18 Bathroom Shower Floor Seamless Mosaic Seamless Mosaic Tile Master UN-S-CI3-MOS
19 Bathroom Lighting Mitzi PAIGE Old Bronze Vanity Light Mitzi PAIGE Old Bronze Vanity Light Lights Canada H193303-OB
20 Bathroom Floor Tile Seamless Seamless Tile Master UN-S-CL3-124
21 Bathroom Shower Wall Tile Aria Sage Wall Tile Aria Sage Wall Tile Tile Master DM-AR-SA4X20
22 Bathroom Faucet Soigne Series Soigne Series Valley Acrylic 802.211.100
23 Bathroom Shower Fixture Exposed Wall Mount Shower System Exposed Wall Mount Shower System Valley Acrylic 8463A.501.100
24 Bathroom Toilet Single Flush 2-Piece Toilet Single Flush 2-Piece Toilet Valley Acrylic VA0025H
25 Bathroom Sink VA21992WHT VA21992WHT Valley Acrylic VA21992
26 Bathroom Shower Glass Custom Black and Glass Enclosure Custom Black and Glass Enclosure Adanac Glass N/A
27 All Tools Tools Tools Milwaukee N/A

Before & After


Nicole’s parents had converted the garage into a family room, which Nicole and Graeme dedicated to a kids’ play space. We loved the herringbone pattern that Nicole’s parents so lovingly installed, so we sanded it up and gave it a lighter tone to brighten the space. Fun, colorful accent furniture and a more stylish look could mean the adults end up in this room as much as the kids.


Nicole and Graeme needed a big kitchen island that would fit the whole family when they weren’t using the dinner table—or when they invited over their big extended family. We installed a quartz countertop to incorporate the contemporary, Scandinavian feel they were going for, with clean lines and angles on top and warm wood tones underneath.


Nicole and Graeme were split on the fireplace, but it was never going anywhere: Nicole’s grandfather built it, after all! In continuing our old-meets-new theme, we took leftover (new) hardwood flooring to create a mantle that helped modernize the (old) fireplace and tied the whole room together. We took that same idea into the kitchen, where Nicole’s family had updated the space to include big windows to increase the home’s natural light. We installed new, modern windows in the same location to let the light in, but keep all the moisture and chilly drafts out.

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Art Director: Erin Hinkley
Construction Lead: Rocco Morsillo