It’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.
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.
And 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.
While at 872 square feet, every foot of living space counts — I was also mindful of creating room for my grandsons to play and explore their interests, including a ‘mini makerspace’ with a mobile art cart.