In terms of structural changes, the house now has a deep front porch, with a double-height family room and kitchen added to the rear. The new master suite is upstairs.
Rill says a major benefit of the renovation is the approachable scale of the house, and the way it now opens up to its surroundings. The low massing, facade detail and wide front porch keep the house in proportion to other homes in the neighbourhood.
"Adding a floor could have made the house overbearing, especially when seen alongside its neighbours. To avoid this, the mass of the upper level is broken up by a gabled form, in keeping with the style. The ample front porch acts in a similar way, breaking up the mass of the house at street level."
Indoors, the rooms were reshuffled to better suit the needs of the owners and to optimise flow, natural light and connections between rooms. The entry was reworked to improve the organisation of the spaces, and this now includes a stair to the master suite. The remodelled entry leads directly into the expansive dining area that was previously the living room. In turn, the original dining space is now a casual office beside the new kitchen.
"As one of the owners loves to cook, we created a professional-level kitchen with all the bells and whistles," says Rill. "This opens to the expansive family room, which has a soaring, double-height, stained-wood ceiling and stone fireplace both typical Craftsman inclusions."