Many new homes and extensive renovation projects begin with the desire for more space or better use of existing space.  Meeting these needs creates the opportunity for beautiful changes throughout.  elements teams with Nemecek Custom Building for a smooth transformation.


~ Diamond in the Rough

When this young couple wanted a home, they went looking for a teardown lot on which to build an in-fill.  What they found was a crusty shell with a surprising gem inside.

Nearly a century old, it's original charm had been eradicated.  The original roof had been replaced by a nearly flat one, the front porch had fallen off, and many windows were boarded up.  The interior caught their eye, however, with beautiful 14" baseboards, original plaster, and pocket doors that glided like the day they were built.

elements designed a new look: the awkward roof was replaced (and raised to create a 3rd floor), and a 3-story high addition was added to the rear, complete with an over-sized attached Garage. The addition houses a new Kitchen, Mudroom/Laundry, and Powder Room (the original tiny kitchen had 3 doorways and a window!), as well as a spacious Master Bedroom suite and an Exercise Room. The old Kitchen became a Breakfast Nook, and tucked under the new roof is the Family Room. As well, services were brought up to code with all new plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and insulation. The result is an inspired period home, with all the amenities of today!

The husband in this energetic couple is a builder, so they took on much of the work themselves.  The project began just 3 months before their wedding, taking 6 months to get it to the stage of occupancy, then another 4 years to complete.  The couple saw it as their part-time job.
With an eclectic blend of yester-year, mid-century modern, and contemporary, this former derelict now is one of the nicest houses in the area.  Four years after the project began, it was listed for sale.  After a robust buyers’ response, it sold far above list!   Not bad for a part-time job!

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~ Prairie Home

Working with this general contractor/homeowner afforded the opportunity to design with a distinctly contemporary flair,  The busy young family needed hard-wearing, easy-care finishes but were not willing to sacrifice beauty for function. The beautiful, clean-lined kitchen was carefully laid out to separate activities, but the finely crafted staircase is the jewel of the home. Climbing all three levels, the open floating treads are supported by massive centre stringers, and can be enjoyed from inside and out.

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