This century-old home on Southampton Street is modern enough for a 21st-century lifestyle while still maintaining many essential elements of its past that make this the quintessential century home.
Built in 1919, the home has an incredible structure that still stands up strong. The owner and her family have completed several renovations to update their space but were careful to maintain key elements that help tell the story of the home’s rich history.
Approaching the home, the first thing you will notice is the impressive porch. While this is a modern addition, the lovely woodwork and impeccable paint job make it look as though it was always a part of the home. The family loves the large, covered space as it encourages them to spend quality time together outside without the influence of gadgets; it’s also the perfect place to enjoy a summer rainstorm!
As you enter the home, you’ll notice there is lots of great storage — this was added through renovations to open up the original design. It was important to the family to open up the home to add both space and brightness, while at the same time maintaining many of the original elements that give this house quiet charm.
The owners have chosen a beautiful neutral palette to decorate their home, with the light colours adding to the brightness that the more open space and additional windows have created. On closer inspection, you’ll notice that many of the finishing touches, including trim and railings, are all elements of the original 20th-century build — it’s quite a marvellous collaboration of modern and classic sure to delight.
The pièce de résistance is the beautiful and modern kitchen featuring all the comforts of today touched off by accents of a time passed. It’s quite stunning to see and truly ingenious how the owners have refreshed the space and created needed storage through well-placed cupboards.
As you walk up the original stairs, you will see how a few modern touches can easily make a classic house fit for the modern age. Don’t miss the walk-in stone shower with curbless drain, it is truly an engineering treat!
The owners love the character of their home, describing it as a “hidden gem” that is both practical for their growing family and a joy to live in. They very much look forward to sharing their gem with the community!