Taking a home from Tired to Terrific is fun and inspiring! Many homes built post WWII in southern Ontario can be labelled as nondescript, uninspiring and bland. Its difficult to attribute a style to them. When homeowners like Peter and Michele contact me with the desire to upgrade and add to their home, thats when the fun begins! Its like breathing new life into a home. I think, and many of my clients agree, that an addition should look like it has always been there. We dont like the new construction to scream Look at me! This transition is achieved many ways. By working with the shapes and forms already present in a home, proportions can be maintained. Replicating roof slopes and roof overhangs ensures an addition does not overpower the existing. Simple porch extensions help to break up flat 2 storey facades and create an element of shade and shadow. Selecting exterior materials and colours that complement and blend with those already present helps to unify the appearance and also update the look. For homes that fall into that nondescript category, drawing on architectural elements from other styles helps to infuse character.
PREFINISHED WOOD SIDING
Sorting through the options of exterior materials can be a daunting task. For over 15 years I would say that Prefinished Wood Siding has been my choice for many homes. The decision is based on many variables including the character of the neighbourhood, environmental surroundings, architectural style, homeowner preference and budgets. When we travel in Ontario, (and Ontario does have a young history!) some of the oldest structures we see are barns. Many of them, built in the 1800s, are still standing the test of time. With a good roof, the barn boards are weathered but intact. When they get wet, they dry out because they are exposed to air from both sides. This age old technology has been adapted to the current installation method of prefinished wood siding. First of all, the material is kiln-dried and stained or painted on both sides in a factory setting. Secondly, it is installed on strapping which allows the material to dry from both sides. The manufacturers warranties are dependent on the installation meeting this criteria. In retrofit applications, expanding the depth of the strapping allows for an added layer of insulation. Prefinished wood siding is available in so many different profiles, styles and colours it really is a dream material!
|Summer is here! Fabulous! Quoting my favourite song from the 70s!! (yes
I am dating myself
but it sure was fun!)
Oh, sunny, sunny, sunny days!
Aint nothin better in the world, you know
Than lyin in the sun with your radio
Sunny Days by Lighthouse, 1972.
LIFE ~ From Tired to Terrific
The thrill of my job is seeing a completed project. New builds are exciting in their own way, but there is a part of me that loves the challenge of updating an older home. There is an amazing sense of satisfaction taking a structure from Tired to Terrific! Peter and Micheles home in Mississauga was like many built in the 1960s. These homes were generally well-built and solid, but under-insulated according to todays standards. There were usually separate rooms for the kitchen, dining and living areas. Peter and Michele were ready to update & add to their home; they were ready for a change. A carefully proportioned main floor addition, relocation of rooms and removal of interior walls opened up the principal living areas. A new covered porch at the rear provides shade from Sunny Days.
Builder: Courtland Homes, Dan Mlinaric, Phone: 647-248-8422
This recipe is from my late mother-in-laws favourite cookbook Meta Givens Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking, published in 1947. There is always a mad last minute dash, assembling the dessert so the warm shortcake melds with the cool fresh whipped cream and sweet field strawberries.
This shortcake makes enough for 6-8 servings depending on the size. Besides the shortcake, youll need about 2 quarts of fresh picked strawberries, 1 cup of whipping cream and some ice vanilla cream. Enjoy!
While your shortcake is baking:
Believe me, this is one of those Wow tastes like summer! experiences!
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