Reno: Before &After.
Renovation success story with a happy ending
Two lives come together and create just the right space.
When Paulette Lefevbre and Jamie Inrig decided to move in together, they faced a bit of a dilemma. Jamie’s West Wellington Village home, where he’d been living for eleven years, was large enough for the couple and the neighbourhood was ideal but the home was in serious need of a renovation.
After two years of searching for a new home, none seemed to have the charm and potential of their current house, even though it was dark, gloomy and chilly with poor insulation. But with all their children grown up, the couple now needed a better space, not a bigger one and the neighbourhood was perfectly suited to their active lifestyle with nearby tennis, squash, golf and cycling.
“Having been here for 13 years I have a lot of attachment to the house and to the street,” Jamie explains. “No exaggeration, but Geneva Street is one of the gems in Wellington West. People know each other and genuinely care about each other. For people like us, who feel that strong sense of community, staying and renovating the house we had played a huge part in our decision.”
Having acted as the contractor herself on a previous home project, Paulette was no stranger to the complications that come with renovations. With a passion for design and décor and a keen sense of style, she was actively involved in the transformation to keep the original character of the house while accommodating her partner’s more laid-back approach to living spaces.
The home’s history was also a factor in the design by architect Nick Semanyk of Urban Keios. “We wanted to open it up and create some nice clean lines, but also not destroy the bones of the house,” he says. “We found a way to integrate the two.”