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.

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.

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.
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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