Fairmont – Crossford Construction


Project Summary

This extensive renovation and addition for creative-minded homeowners is a perfect blend of old meets new to perfectly satisfy the needs and wants of the client. It included the creative addition of a flatroofed two-car garage (something coveted in this neighbourhood) and a 16-foot-ceilinged main-floor living room, both of which served to cleverly envelop a side deck for a lovely private oasis that can’t be seen from the street. A key theme was to respect the history of this century home. That meant carefully salvaging brick that was removed for the addition and repurposing it both on the garage and inside the new living room to give the sense that these spaces have always been there. But the client also has an affinity for modern design, which is allowed to emerge in the careful meshing of old and new both inside and out.

Highlights include:
• A kitchen that is a chef’s dream, with a nod to restaurant-style industrial while keeping within the home’s overall style. It features a unique island of suspended cabinets in a metal frame and a concealed pantry designed to hide its true purpose.
• A fully functional basement that adds valuable living space. It was a challenge to create due to a porous foundation and initial low headroom.
• Thoughtful attention to mechanical systems to avoid awkward bulkheads and keep sightlines clear and open. Vertical runs, for instance, are hidden in the closet/bar island, which is both conveniently located for entertaining and serves the added function of providing some separation between main-floor spaces.
• A “deck box” on the side deck cleverly disguises a handy recycling and garbage chute into the garage.

The technical issues related to the living room addition were among the most challenging our team has seen in over 25 years. The exterior wall of all three storeys, plus the basement, had to be removed and shored while the new footings and foundation were built. A difficult but rewarding job. This home truly is a wonderful blend of old meets new.

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