When looking for a renovation company, it helps to have a look at their previous work. These are a few examples of Toledo Renovations’ work.
Gillian had a clear idea of the feel, tone and colour she envisioned for her home. It had an openness to it, but the dark colors, mixing of flooring materials and limited lighting made it feel chopped up. She was looking for a more breezy, inviting concept. We started with the color palette which we created based on a painting and a bouquet of dried flowers that Gillian had. This formed the sense and the tone. The next step was bringing it all to life.
The first choice was a wide-plank European Pravada engineered hardwood. The original flooring was a mix of tile in the entryway, dark hardwood laid in one direction in the hallway and office and then changing directions into the living area and kitchen. It was important to create a flow, so we installed light wood plank flooring throughout the main floor and the stairs. This created a seamless, open feeling.
The second step was the kitchen layout and design. We considered refacing and installing new cabinet doors but quickly realized that it would not achieve the full desired effect. There was a built-in closet pantry and a triangular island, both of which felt dated and closed off. Removing the pantry allowed for a longer countertop and another set of uppers. The updated island also became more functional providing additional seating for three. Gillian decided on a subtle repose grey for the base cabinets and white for the uppers. The open corner shelves and white, handmade honed subway tile tied the look together beautifully.
Gillian chose gold accents throughout. We discovered that there were several tones of gold which ended up being tricky to match between lighting, cabinet pulls and the faucet. However, in the end, we worked together and found all the pieces in the correct gold tone.
As the flooring, cabinets and finishes came together, it became clear that the fireplace needed an update. She was able to keep her existing fireplace unit and chose a beautiful limestone fireplace surround which turned out exquisitely. We also built in her TV to create a less intrusive, more seamless look. We added spotlights throughout the main floor to add to the brightness.
For a final touch of luxury, we also created a beautiful powder room. Here, we used a floating quartz vanity and shelf and a sage-patterned tile on two walls.
Janz’ Home Renovation
This project was another fun one to do. This is a beautiful penthouse condo located in sunny White Rock with a view of Mt. Baker. The penthouse already offered so much natural light, it was important for us to play off that brightness in giving this condo new life.
The condo was dated and had never really had any updates done. We worked with Peridot Design to create the look and feel the owners wanted. Originally, the ensuite was chopped up and didn’t really work well for the owners, so we created a large shower with handmade subway tile and a beautiful Schluter line drain. We refaced the vanity and added detail and custom-sized mirrors. It turned out beautifully.
In the kitchen area, we worked to create something more functional, inviting and stylish. We brought the cabinets to full height and added some glass doors to the outer base cabinets to showcase the owners’ beautiful China collection. We made sure the finishings and accents complimented the new sur-faces, keeping a modern yet classic look.
We also did built-in cabinets around the fireplace which made the living room a welcoming, functional space. The repetition of white, chrome and crystal accents from lighting to cabinet knobs helped to accentuate the natural light.
The finished condo now fully lives up to its Penthouse title offering a fresh, classy and comfortable living experience.
John & Kate’s Kitchen Renovation
John and Kate originally contacted us about renovating their kitchen when scheduling with their original renovation company didn’t pan out.
From the start they had great ideas for what they wanted to see and how they wanted to improve their space. Since they wanted to remove a kitchen wall to bring more of an open concept to their living area, we brought in an engineer to sign off before we started with any of the demolition. This gave us the green light to move forward; while giving the owners peace of mind and documentation if they decide to sell their home.
As the project progressed, we replaced the outdated kitchen with a modern kitchen from Ikea. This not only allowed custom modifications to fit the space, but also allowed us to stay on budget. From the brick wall, to the seamless hood fan, to the beams for pendant lighting we were able to add key features that gave the space a unique loft or warehouse feel, while still tying it into the rest of the house.
The job turned out beautifully. We were super happy with the end product and most importantly, so were John and Kate.
Mike & Steph’s Kitchen Renovation
Mike and Stephs kitchen was a super, fun project for us. They had just purchased their first house and wanted to update it before they moved in. It was a typical BC house, circa 1980s, and very little had been done to it since it had been built.
Their hopes were to redo the kitchen, as well as remove some walls to open up the whole upstairs living area. The project didn’t come without its challenges though. One by one, each challenge was problem solved and we quickly managed work-arounds.
For example, the ceiling in the kitchen was a different thickness from that in the living room and also had a different type of stipple. To stay on the owners’ budget we were able to simply re-texture a section of the ceiling and blend it in nicely instead of re-drywalling a much bigger section.
A second challenge was tying the original hardwood flooring into the new tile in the kitchen in a way that seemed natural. This proved to be challenging as there were spaces without hardwood where the old wall sat. In the end, we were able to tie it all together nicely, and the new kitchen looks amazing. Steph had some great design ideas that made the kitchen feel really open and functional, with an island where the old walls were, and some cabinets with glass instead of solid doors.
Ralph’s Kitchen Renovation
Ralph contacted us when previous tenants had really beat up an investment property he had. Because he was already having to make so many repairs, he decided to redo the whole kitchen.
We took down a wall to extend the kitchen layout and allow it to feel much bigger. We replaced the old cabinets with new Ikea ones and finished it off with a nice quartz countertop and a new backsplash to tie everything together. Ralph wanted the kitchen to feel modern, clean and functional for future tenants. Between the new kitchen and the original hardwood flooring that we refinished, we gave him exactly the kitchen he’d envisioned to help him draw a high quality tenant.
Stann’s Bathroom Renovation
Stann and her husband built their beautiful lakeside home in the early 1990s. She contacted us when they wanted to update her bathroom.
The existing bathroom had endless potential as it was a large space with amazing views of the lake, but the old jetted tub, that didn’t work well, lacked the spa feel that Stann wanted. We were able to move the tub location to allow the room to flow better,as well as offer better use of the window and amazing view outside.
We went with nice large tiles on the floor and walls, which helped tie the new shower to the rest of the room. The finished product was a true transformation and gave off true “magazine-cover” vibes.
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