Urban Elegance Resurrected: Custom home remodel of a 1980’s Gem in Riverbend, Edmonton

Dec 29, 2023

Project Overview:

Nestled in the Riverbend community of Edmonton, our team embarked on a transformative journey with a custom home remodel in Edmonton, with a residence that encapsulated the essence of the 1980s. Despite some notable upgrades over the years, including granite counters and hardwood floors, the home retained its original character. The bones of the house were solid, featuring a captivating entrance leading to a clear-story living space and a unique staircase. With three spacious bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a total size of 2500 square feet, the potential was apparent, but a modern touch and a Custom home remodel in Edmonton were desperately needed.

The Vision:

Our vision for this project was clear—to custom remodel and metamorphose this 1980s dwelling into a modern family haven, blending functionality with aesthetics seamlessly.

Painted cedar ceiling, new flooring, new fireplace
Painted cedar ceiling, new flooring, new fireplace
Old cedar ceiling 1980's original home in Riverbend Edmonton
Old cedar ceiling 1980’s original home in Riverbend Edmonton

Main Problems:

The challenges faced were multifaceted, encompassing key areas of the home:

  1. The Kitchen: Small, awkward, and lacking functionality for a modern family.
  2. Mudroom and Laundry: A fragmented space that lacked functionality.
  3. Master Ensuite: Uninviting and with inadequate closet space.
  4. Overall Aesthetics: Dated and in need of a complete overhaul.
Dated ensuite bathroom
Dated ensuite bathroom
Dated oak handrail
Dated oak handrail
original floor plan
original floor plan

Addressing the Custom Kitchen Remodel:

The kitchen, though featuring granite countertops, posed several challenges:

  • Limited prep space and a disconnected pantry.
  • Shared space with the meals area.
  • Restrictive windows and a sliding door.
original 1980's kitchen with upgraded granite counters
original 1980’s kitchen with upgraded granite counters
original 1980's Kitchen with sun ceiling
original 1980’s Kitchen with sun ceiling

The Solution:

  • Custom kitchen remodel and deleted the meals area
  • Reconfigured windows, eliminating the sliding door to the deck and the full height windows allowed for more countertop cabinets throughout the remodeled kitchen layout, This change necessitated exterior renovations, as the windows were reduced in size the siding needed to be reconfigured to match the new layout.
  • Removed a wall to connect the kitchen with the sunken living space. This was relatively easy, the wall was non-load bearing, yet the connection for the family to the kitchen is great
  • Opened up the space to the dining room with a cantilever beam. This allowed for sight lines from the kitchen to the dining and the living room, this was a small change, yet it opened up the home to half the house.
  • Embraced an open-plan kitchen design, fostering a seamless flow.
Remodeled floor plan
Remodeled floor plan
Custom Remodeled Kitchen Edmonton
Custom Remodeled Kitchen Edmonton
Custom Remodeled Kitchen Edmonton
Custom Remodeled Kitchen Edmonton
Custom Remodeled Kitchen Edmonton
Custom Remodeled Kitchen Edmonton

Addressing the Mud Room:

The Problem:

  • Multiple smaller rooms next to the garage entry door, there were two closets and a hallway which were underutilized.
  • Redundant side door and a second door from the garage, this door was underutilized and created wasted space for a second entryway that is unused space.

The Solution:

  • Opened up non-load-bearing walls.
  • Consolidated laundry, mudroom, and storage into one room.
  • Added wainscoting and a unique calming color palette.
  • Removed the side door, replacing it with a strategically placed window, which added lots of light to the space.
  • Enhanced accessibility with a barn door leading to the living space, during entertaining this beautiful door could be closed to hide the mess of the day-to-day.
  • Crafted a custom mudroom bench and integrated cabinets for a personalized touch.
Calming Mudroom remodeled home
Calming Mudroom remodeled home
custom remodeled mudroom
custom remodeled mudroom

Extensive Custom Home Remodel:

Throughout the project, our commitment to extensive home renovations shone through, especially in the meticulous custom kitchen remodel. We embraced the concept of whole house renovations, ensuring a cohesive and customized approach to every corner.

Addressing the Master Ensuite and Walk-in Closet:

The Problem:

  • Outdated ensuite with kitchen cabinets used for the vanity.
  • Undesirable bathtub in the ensuite.
  • Inadequately sized walk-in closet.

The Solution:

  • Replaced and redesigned the bathroom, turning it into a masterfully crafted space.
  • Integrated a shower in place of the tub for modern convenience.
  • Expanded and optimized the walk-in closet, ensuring ample storage.
Renovated Ensuite bathroom Edmonton
Renovated Ensuite bathroom
Renovated Shower Edmonton
Renovated Shower

Home Remodel and Aesthetic Revitalization:

Our dedication to a comprehensive home remodel extended beyond functional upgrades. The entire house underwent an aesthetic revitalization, breathing new life into its core.

Addressing General Aesthetics:

The Problem:

  • Yellow oak handrail,
  • narrow board hardwood flooring,
  • cedar wood ceiling,
  • dated stone fireplace.

The Solution:

  • Replaced the handrail with stained wood, harmonizing with the new flooring.
  • Installed new engineered hardwood flooring and tile at the entrance for a contemporary touch.
  • Applied fresh paint throughout the house, complemented by meticulously chosen trim.
  • Upgraded windows and doors to enhance energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal.
  • Revitalized the cedar wood ceiling to complement the overall modern design.
  • All bathrooms underwent a complete makeover, maintaining the original layout while incorporating new fixtures.
replaced modern stair handrail
replaced modern stair handrail
remodeled open planned kitchen edmonton
remodeled open planned kitchen
modernized living space
modernized living space

Conclusion:

In resurrecting this 1980s home, our team not only tackled the challenges but embraced them as opportunities for innovation. From an open-plan kitchen to extensive home renovations and custom solutions, this project exemplifies our commitment to transforming houses into homes through Custom home remodeling in Edmonton. See more of our finished projects here.