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A historic home on Vancouver Island gets transformed into a serene getaway

traditional home exterior with rounded steps

Jenny Martin Design together with Coast Prestige Homes has reimagined this historic getaway situated in Oak Bay, a picturesque suburban coastal community on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. This renovation was designed to pay tribute to the historical roots of its surrounding neighborhood. A conventional build, with restrained character, we wanted to integrate elements that referenced tradition.

Designed for a family with a love for entertaining, and a deep-rooted appreciation for music and art, we wanted to create a space that warmly welcomed all those who entered. To increase functionality and flow, all window headers were raised to make the space feel more substantial, while the integration of delicate French doors dressed with elegant cremone bolts referenced tradition.

DESIGN DETAILS: INTERIOR DESIGNER Jenny Martin Design BUILDER Coast Prestige Homes CUSTOM CABINETS Thomas Philips Woodworking

traditional home exterior

With close attention to detail, crown mouldings were carried onto all door architraves to elongate the vertical dimension of the space, while natural finishes and traditional metalwork captured the warmth of old-world charm. 

traditional home exterior with rounded steps

What We Love: This traditional home was beautifully renovated to capture the warmth of old-world charm. The outdoor living spaces feature inviting gardens, drawing you inside where the kitchen is the heart of the home. This expansive room features well-appointed appliances and a stunning mix of materials to offer an elegant timelessness. Overall, the project team did a fabulous job of updating this home to pay tribute to the historical roots of its surrounding neighborhood.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the re-design of this Vancouver Island home? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other sensational home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the province of British Columbia: A striking hillside house overlooks a serene lake in British Columbia and An incredible shelter perched over a pristine lake in British Columbia.

traditional home exterior with rounded steps

traditional living room

traditional kitchen with a brown stained island and white perimeter cabinets

An entertainer’s dream, the open concept kitchen boasts incredible millwork detailing, heavy bolection mouldings, and designer furniture kicks to create a fully bespoke and customized design.

traditional kitchen with a brown stained island and counter stools

Creating a statement with built-up countertops and a contrasting island finished in its own unique hardware, the kitchen sets the precedent for the rest of the interior’s opulent aesthetic.

traditional kitchen with a brown stained island

traditional kitchen with a view of the sink and a wolf range

traditional kitchen with a view of the sink with a window above

traditional kitchen range wall

Complementing the home’s 48” Wolf range with warm tiling and rich cabinetry, the kitchen quickly became the heart of the home.

traditional kitchen with a view of the sink with a window above

traditional kitchen

By thoughtfully considering every last detail, the home now showcases delicate fixtures and brass accents, creating an interior that parallels the pure and unedited beauty of the private meadow beyond.

traditional kitchen range wall

traditional kitchen

traditional kitchen cabinet detail with glass

traditional kitchen cabinet detail

traditional kitchen cabinet detail

traditional kitchen cabinet pantry detail

traditional kitchen cabinet pantry detail

traditional kitchen cabinet detail

traditional kitchen cabinet detail

traditional living room with a piano

Referencing old-world charm through the integration of a custom gas-ignite fireplace and traditional cast surround, you can’t help but feel an immediate sense of comfort and warmth.

traditional family room

Rich in spirit, this historic getaway beautifully frames the tales of its past, while laying the foundation for stories to be written in its future.

traditional closet

traditional bathroom with a vanity and tub

traditional bathroom with a vanity and tub

traditional bathroom with a vanity and tub

traditional bathroom vanity

traditional bathroom vanity

traditional bathroom vanity and tub

traditional bathroom with a tub and shower

traditional bathroom with a tub and shower

traditional bathroom with a walk-in shower

traditional bathroom shower head detail

traditional bathroom vanity detail

traditional bathroom vanity detail

traditional bathroom

traditional bathroom

traditional bathroom wall sconce detail

traditional powder room

traditional bathroom window detail

traditional home exterior

traditional home exterior

traditional home exterior

traditional home exterior

traditional home exterior

traditional home exterior

traditional home exterior with French doors

traditional home exterior

traditional home exterior garden view

traditional home exterior garden view with outdoor chairs

traditional home exterior garden view with outdoor chairs

traditional home exterior garden view with a pathway

traditional home exterior garden view with a pathway

PHOTOGRAPHER Dasha Armstrong Photography

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Fatma
3 months ago

If you ask me what does the home of your dreams look like, it is EXACTLY this! Wish we saw pictures of some bedrooms here as well,

Daphne
4 months ago

No character. It’s not really an Oak Bay home anymore.

Ola
4 months ago

Beautiful home and a lovely setting. One idea would be to add some color inside maybe with seasonal items like throw pillows…