Allen GC Inc
TESTIMONIAL 07/2023 "I'm sure my wife has already expressed this, but I will take the liberty of stating it myself (and on her behalf) that it has been a pleasure working with you. I know from her prior experience with clients, there is often tension within couples and between clients and designers. We felt none of that and our marital relationship is as strong as ever. A referee was never required" RC aka "Dr. Crust"
This stunning principal ensuite renovation is situated on a narrow one way street in the heart of Toronto's ANNEX . The Victorian row house was artfully renovated in most areas of the home, but in need of a major update in the principal bedroom and bathroom. The clients impeccable flair for design and the arts played a primary role in the evolution of the final design. Sleek, industrial, warm and whimsical, these contrasting elements mimic the existing, interior architectural sensibilities throughout and were instrumental in establishing final finishes and furnishings. A prerequisite in the design stages, the custom cabinetry was thoughtfully planned to maximize every inch of wall space. Passionate about refined design, the clients gravitated to many finishes and furnishings from Italy including bathroom fixtures, faucets, custom closets, lighting, marble and wall mural. Given the age of this Victorian home, built in 1890, there was never a dull moment during construction!....this project is newly finished ...check out our Instagram page which show progress photos during construction.
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The entry to this principal bedroom includes floor to ceiling swing door with concealed frame. The ensuite bathroom entrance on the left is a full height, space saving "barn style door with soft close hardware. The floor to ceiling mirror opposite the bathroom entrance is not only functional...it gives the illusion of more space and a shorter, brighter hallway. The custom mural wallpaper complements existing mural in an adjacent room and adds softness to the sleek, minimal furnishings.
Custom wall hung vanities have concealed lighting below, include 2 custom marble sinks, full height mirrored cabinets above each vanity allowing for plenty of personal toiletries. The central storage tower creates privacy between sinks and includes a laundry hamper at the base, secret storage above for unsightly appliances accessible to the left and right sides of the vanity and magnifying mirrors attached to the door panel. Extra pull out "pantry style" storage at the top
Wall hung bathroom vanities include 2 custom marble sinks with 4 drawers and full height mirrored medicine cabinets with accommodation for plenty of personal toiletries. Central storage tower creates privacy between sinks and includes a laundry hamper at the base, secret storage above for unsightly appliances, accessible to the left and right sides of the vanity with magnifying mirrors attached to the door panel. Extra pull out "pantry style" storage at the top for easy access.
This ensuite bathroom is separated from the hall by a full height barn door and decorative glass panel. The patterned glass creates ample privacy when needed and allows light from the adjacent space to filter through. Opposite the double vanities is a walk in shower with custom marble bench seat to match the sinks. The bench includes a storage drawer below for extra towels.
This walk in shower is fitted with a stainless steel rain head that has rain shower or waterfall functions as well as a hand held spray with height adjustable bar. two personal niches with doors have been installed to the left of the shower fixtures to keep things tidy. The bathroom tile is a porcelain, large format 18"x36 "concrete" look applied to all walls and floors throughout.
Wall hung toilet & bidet was installed with custom cabinetry behind....maximizing storage was a prerequisite for this project so every square inch was utilized. In addition to the strip lighting under the vanities, a flush mount night light was strategically placed beside the toilet for night time tinkles.
Italian marble was chosen for the custom marble sink and backsplash. The wall mount stainless steel faucet, modern minimalist in design, is from Italy and matches the shower fixtures.
This custom king bed is the focal point in the room and includes a wall mounted headboard to match the height of the windowsill. The mattress platform height was customized to suit the preferred sitting height of our client. Electrical outlets are hidden below wall hung night tables which include wire management grommets to hide lamp & charger wires. Antique mirror is applied on the wall above the headboard, subtly reflecting the surroundings and adding drama to the space.
Instead of a walk-in closet our client opted for floor to ceiling custom closets with motion sensor interior lighting. This created ample circulation space around the custom king bed which includes a wall mounted headboard, mattress platform and 2 night tables with drawer storage. Antique mirror is applied above the headboard subtly reflecting the surroundings and adding drama to the space.
The wall opposite the king bed includes custom closet, drawer storage, wall space for flat screen tv and shelving above for clients ongoing pottery projects and collection of sculptures.
The view from the bedroom down the hall takes my breath away. We love the custom mural wallpaper, given the name "midsummer night" couldn't be more appropriate for this room! The application of the full length mirror which, from this angle, gives the illusion of an adjacent room, reflects light from the bathroom window casting a wonderful glow.
There was never a dull moment in renovating this century+ home. Hidden behind the fixtures, finishes and custom cabinetry is a lot hard work by dedicated trades and general contractor!
The success of this project is due in part to our inspiring clients and their understanding of the challenges in renovating a Victorian home. Working with a knowledgeable and proactive contractor, who embraces "design/build" processes was invaluable...and I can't forget the playful moments with our client's dog Sammy!