Breathing Beautiful New Life into a Varsity Bungalow
Highlights of Our Improvements:
Beautiful bungalow built in 1968 in the community of Varsity - NW Calgary.
The bungalow was considered a 'flat roof' which poses many issues - mainly structural and insulation issues.
New homeowners were young and eager to modernize the outdated original home.
The main goal was to renovate the kitchen and bathrooms.
Turned into a much larger project mainly because of the structural deficiencies that were found during the demolition.
There was a stretch, last summer, Calgary experienced a couple of consecutive days of heavy rain which ultimately made its way into the house through the roof. There was no choice but to remove the ceiling drywall on the entire main floor.
Thankfully, it was decided to remove the entire main floor ceiling which exposed not only the leak but major structural deficiencies, which borderlined, negligence (structural beams cut in order to install skylights). Particularly over the master bedroom, the main floor was beginning to cup and if not properly fixed it would be a matter of "when" not "if" the roof would collapse in on itself.
Aside from that, the main goal of this project was to develop an open concept floor in the heart of the home.
Flat roofs provide many structural issues but in this case, we were able to design a fully open kitchen concept by installing a 40' (foot) 4 ply 20" (inch) LVL that weighted nearly 1 tonne.
The real hurdle was how can we install this in the safest and most cost-effective way? Option one: Open up the roof and drop it into place using a crane OR remove a portion of the exterior brick at the front and slide it between the front door and front window (picture attached). Instead of massive overruns, we decided to put some elbow grease in bringing the beam through the front of the house. Using two hydraulic lifts and a handful of the crew we were able to successfully install this beast in 4 hours.
Also, we added a beautiful walk-in pantry with a curved archway
Another highlight was a recessed 48" stove with a full slab granite backsplash
Beautiful two-tone cabinetry design
Built and machined a custom Aspen, clear coat, privacy screen. The purpose was to break up the front door entranceway to the kitchen.
Wonderful clients. I'm sure they're going to enjoy this home for many years to come!