This house was show-y.  It was stunning.  It was fancy… it was everything I wanted until I had it.  As lovely as it was — for us it was too finished, too done, too perfect.  Yet after all our former reno’s and re-dos, we thought we were finished and wanted something done.  Boy, were we ever wrong!  There was nothing to do but fill it up with stuff once we had finished the little that needed being done.  Through this we realized that we love our projects and DIYs, and we missed it.

This house was a place you wanted to entertain in and show off, but for our family, it wasn’t cozy and comfy and “like home”.  We wanted some character, and land.  We wanted to get our hands dirty!  We pretty much had decided after a year of living in a fancy house that we were much more barefoot-in-the-backyard-eating-burgers-n-chips-with-beer-kinda-folk.

We did make modifications to this beautiful home by fixing up the entry and finishing the living space above the garage.

Have a look… it is a gorgeous build!

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The inside was even more beautiful then the outside.

The entry was a space that we did a small but dramatic transformation.  We added the wainscotting, bench and hooks as well as the picture rail.

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The entry led into a gorgeous open concept dining and kitchen space.  Not pictured were the office and powder room.

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The kitchen was a pleasure to cook in.  If I had one complaint about the kitchen it was that the stove was not gas and the fridge really needed to have a matching panelled sub-zero fridge.  First world problems, I know.

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In the next photo you can see a peek of Kerrington’s room and the playroom beside it at the top of the stairs.

Not shown in these photos is the bathroom next to Kerrinton’s room.

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The spare room.

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And finally the master with a HUGE walk in closet and bathroom.  The bathroom, I DO miss!

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The outside had lots of neat paths and spaces to sit.  The photo below shows the covered patio and also the separate garage space that we converted into a bachelor suite.

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The garage suite was probably the biggest transformation we made in this home. We made it a space that matched the inside of the main house in case we opted to keep it as a ‘rec room’ or family guest house.  It was important to be that it be tastefully and stylishly done.  Below is the transformation in photos.

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Not pictured was the storage/pantry/laundry room.

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The Rhapsody was the true epitome of a show home.  Beautiful and custom from top to bottom yet not our ‘forever home’.  But — I am so happy we were able to live here and enjoy a large expansive space.  It truly was a blessing and makes us so appreciative to have been able to live in such a beautiful space.

Alison