About the Project
Located in Cochrane’s quaint East End, a client hired OnGrowing Works to renovate their 1960s home. The client loved their neighbourhood and backyard, so they wanted to turn their 900 square foot house into a place where they could reside for the rest of their lives and grow a family. They envisioned a functional home with a better kitchen layout, extra storage, an extra bedroom and bathroom in the basement, and a family room with a wood stove.
OnGrowing Works captured the client’s farm style vision throughout all elements of the house. Photos courtesy of Evergreen Branding Photography.
Over a nine month period, OnGrowing Works and Sociis Design worked together within a fixed price contract to bring the renovation to life. Sociis Design was responsible for the design, while OnGrowing Works managed and coordinated the project, from planning to construction.
The client wanted their home renovated from top to bottom, with improved functionality the main objective. To exceed this vision, extra care, attention and time was taken during the initial planning and design phase to ensure that every drawing, rendering and model produced helped the client picture exactly what they wanted. To accurately capture the vision, Sociis Design and OnGrowing Works collaborated closely with, and listened to, the client to gather all the information needed to produce conceptual plans, 2D drawings, interior renderings, 3D modeling and construction drawings. During these discussions, it was determined that the client was passionate about an open and bright farmhouse style with wood countertops, white detailed cabinetry, a wood stove and wide wood floors. OnGrowing Works and Sociis Design incorporated this vision and worked with the client to refine the designs until they reflected exactly what was envisioned. Due to the fixed price contract, communication and honesty were key components, and open dialog allowed all parties to identify potential issues and adjust accordingly. While the price of fluctuating commodities was challenging, this open communication allowed every issue to be solved and expectations exceeded.
Once the design was approved, OnGrowing Works began construction. While trades partners were hired for electrical, plumbing, HVAC and kitchen counters, OnGrowing Works completed the rest of the renovations. To start, the basement was gutted right to the cinder block wall foundations allowing the team to add the additional bedroom, bathroom, storage space and egress window. Once the basement was complete, upstairs renovations began by removing the floors and trim, and scraping and retexturing the ceilings. Finally, the new kitchen was installed, as well as a new roof. From demolition, to framing, interior finishing and roofing, OnGrowing Works walked the client through the entire process, allowing them to see their renovations come to life.
The finished kitchen. Photo courtesy of Evergreen Branding Photography.
OnGrowing Works’ process and team culture were integral to the project’s success, resulting in an outstanding partner-client relationship. This renovation is evidence that with a proper plan and design, open consultation, a reasonable time frame and a great contractor, a major renovation or a custom home build can be fun and low stress. With their budget and timeframe respected, the client now has the forever home they dreamed of.