There was a well-worn house on Churchill. Previous owners subdivided it into apartments. Now, it has been given an “extreme makeover”.
The makeover kept and modernized most of the old elements. For example, the main floor walls were left in place rather than “opened up” to a loft style.
Typically for such old homes, the antiquated kitchens and baths are scarcely what would be found in decorator mags or HGTV shows today.
kitchen island and eating bar
one of the old bathrooms ....
So who lives there and how did I get in?
No one lives there. The house has been staged … selectively furnished with impact-full pieces of furniture and artwork. All the furnishings have some sort of WOW factor; the artwork coördinates from room to room. It becomes seductively easy to imagine yourself moving in … except my cheap furniture would look lost.
I know the renovator/decorators through one of those bizarre chain of events: my son’s girlfriends’ mother’s step-sister’s boyfriend’s … implausible but hey, so is life.
I couldn’t help but feeling the whole extreme makeover and big reveal was life imitating TV. Instead of Tony Falco or Sarah Richardson and her crew, we have the Ottawa edition. The renovation struck me as being as much about image and show as function. Mind, it does have to be marketed.
They gave the house a huge back deck, overlooking a very large back yard newly fenced: