Shotgun Renovation

by Julie Deimert and Carolyn Geddert (photos)

IMG_6301It’s no secret, I’m a bit of a renovation addict and love turning rundown houses into something better. And, believing that each old fixer-upper is my last, I pour my heart into my new ‘forever’ home. Like this one: the cheapest, smallest home on the market in an almost desirable older neighbourhood. Plus, the little prairie ‘shotgun’ (20ft X 43ft) had some things going for it: high ceilings, great light, exposed brick and original siding.

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Not going for it: popcorn ceilings, textured walls, cheap laminate, dated floor tiles, and a faux arch!

So, inspired by the challenge of small space design and well-resourced by apartment therapy and houzz , I rolled up my sleeves and called my contractor. And, while he saw uninsulated 2×4 stick framing, funky wiring, and a complete absence of something called “square” — I saw modern cottage.

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The demo started neatly enough, just taking out one wall to turn the front bedroom into a small livingroom but one thing led to another as it always does.
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Unable to skim coat or scrape the textured walls and discovering there was no insulation behind most of them, we decided to remove all the lath & plaster from the exterior walls.
Flimsy faux arch and ugly 'peninsula' gone!
Once the lath & plaster was removed, it was more than a little unnerving to glimpse daylight through the gaps in the exterior siding!

IMG_0905And while we were in the demolition phase, off came the old deck too! Needless to say, I was excited to begin the next phase: capitalizing on the shotgun’s clean lines and modest dimensions with a simple modern design.
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