Project Description

Project Overview

This charming old farmhouse in Ruxton possessed a lot of quirky features that were characteristic to its time period. It had also experienced a number of additions and updates over the years and our clients, a sophisticated family of four, wanted a first floor space that really made sense for them.

After much planning we removed the main load bearing wall connecting the kitchen with the other main living spaces on the first floor. We converted what was a porch deck into a new family room off the back of the house.

Special features from this building project included what we called “Command Central” or what others may call a “customized breakfast bar.” Tucked behind beautiful new cabinets in the kitchen is a space  designed for coffee and breakfast foods. We were able to deliver on our client’s exacting requirements, even down to a request for custom shelving specifically sized for our client’s tea boxes.

In addition, our cabinetry team partnered with Sub-Zero to create fully integrated and customized facing for their new appliances. Custom panels were created to hide the freezer and refrigerator made to instead look like cabinets.

Hand painted, stenciled, beautiful fleur-de-lis floors by our painter completed the renovation.

“We loved working with Smithouse! They are collaborative, design-savvy, efficient, and unfailingly polite. Our renovation was quite extensive, and, although it is never easy to live in a house under construction, their team made it as pleasant as possible. We are very happy with the results and guests are quick to offer up compliments on the renovations!”


  • First floor renovation including kitchen and addition


  • Shawn Saffran


  • Smithouse