Classic touches and natural accents take a builder-basic house from plain to pleasing.
Usually when we talk about a house that has great "renovation potential," we're referring to a fixer-upper with a ton of charm. But in this case, it was a typical 12-year-old spec house that struck the vivid imagination of designer Karla Amadatsu of Kerrisdale Design
When she and her husband, Jeff, purchased the 4,150-square-foot home in Langley, B.C., two years ago, they appreciated its formal layout, good bones, attractive exterior and family-friendly cul-de-sac setting. (They share the house with their children, Ben, 9, and Carys, 7.) The problem was all the brown. But Karla, who is known for her sophisticated “new traditional” style, could see beyond the interior’s builder-basic look. “It felt like a great family home
the minute I toured it,” says Karla.
Through a cosmetic makeover done in stages over two years, Karla transformed the space by painting everything white
, installing dark hardwood floors and adding architectural details like new fireplace mantels with marble surrounds (while removing some slightly odd decorative features, such as faux pillars). “The facade of the house, with its dormer windows, is quite traditional and charming,” says Karla. “So we wanted to have the same vibe on the inside, with timeless furnishings and finishes.”