Chris's Ontario Beach House

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Name: Chris
Location: Ontario, Canada

For those of you who think that taking on a renovation as a DIY project is an impossibility, take a peek at Chris's home. According to Chris, the desire for a beach-style home overrode any obstacles in the way and over the last 7 years, the house has been transformed.

Chris tells us: My home is a standard builder home in the suburbs just outside of Toronto, I having a love of older home set out to add character to this basic box of a home.

Over the last 7 years I have taught myself how to tackle tiling, carpentry and flooring along with the usual decorating skills that I brought to the house like painting and sewing. Room by room I have added trimwork, beadboard, window seats, creating my signature "beachy" style. Although we don't live near the beach or in a beach state or province, nothing was going to stop me from creating my vision of a relaxed beach style home for my family.

DIY is now a deep passion of mine , I often need to get my "fix", some people shop, I rip out and re-build. Throughout this journey I have become an interior decorator , what a journey ...

Thanks, Chris!

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.