Name: Sher and Ritch
Location: New Brunswick, Canada (our first submission from a reader!)
Favorite: The finished bathroom and watching "little things get completed" during the seemingly endless, and occasionally disastrous, renovation process
"I'll take renovation therapy over retail therapy any day," says Sher after what was clearly not an easy 2 months worth of full-home renovation.
Ritch and Sher had been renting in Toronto for the last few years when Ritch was transferred to New Brunswick and they decided to embark on a house search. The result was a slightly neglected, 1950's post-war home with bright southern exposure and wood vents in the upstairs floors...
The goal in renovating was to retain the original character as much as possible, incorporate environmentally friendly materials and end up with a re-sellable house. Luckily, their small budget forced them to update rather than overhaul the kitchen--my favorite part of the house.
Contractors upgraded the electrical system, replaced the roof and renovated the bathroom, while Ritch and Sher with volunteer family labor refinished the existing floors, laid new flooring in the sunroom/guest room, painted everywhere, tiled, replaced trim, etc. Sher chose neutral tiles and countertop, favoring color on the easily altered walls. After years of renting, white walls were out of the question. The main rooms are all equally saturated in color in response to, and to enhance, their physical interconnectedness.
Surprises included hardwood under the two layers of tile in the kitchen and hallway and 4 layers of paint under the carpeting that had been covering the stairs.
Sher is trying, against her nature, to let the house evolve slowly. They are still waiting on some custom-made pieces for the kitchen and dining room, and will eventually add a rug, pillows and curtain panels in the living room. Sher and Ritch prefer a clean-lined and uncluttered look, warmed by some vintage charm thrown in.