in the dining room, part of the original
1883 cottage, a bank of French doors opens
the space to a new bluestone terrace.
Project architect Dan Fitzgerald designed
the custom 4-foot-wide,16-foot-long dining
table made from 100-year-old wood. The
wood paneling and coffered ceiling is the
work of Payne/Bouchier Fine Builders.
Hide and Seek
Deemed too steep, the front
staircase was completely rebuilt to
accommodate an extra riser, creating
the opportunity to add built-in
storage behind moulded panels. The
extended staircase also meant the
entry to an adjacent library had to be
eliminated. But how to access the
room? The solution is worthy of a
Gothic novel. The study (below),
now paneled in dark-stained
sycamore, is hidden behind a
telephone room (bottom left),
the kind once found in upper-class
houses. For those in the know, a
secret pedal releases the back wall,
which opens to reveal the hideaway.
Inside the room, a button in the
bookcase allows the visitor to
electronically open or close the door.