See how Kim Shand of Nova Scotia, Canada, turned a piece of commercial property into a beautiful home.
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Before: The Timeline
"We purchased the property in July of 2012, the year the marina closed down. There are nine acres on a peninsula in the Bras d'Or Lakes. In 2013, we started construction. The job was finished at the end of 2014."
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After: From the Ground Up
"We decided after many discussions that the best option would be to tear down the existing store and restaurant and build on the existing foundations. We drew up a floor plan based on that footprint and took it to our project manager and designer. Between them, they finessed it and came up with the plans for the house that is there today."
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After: Three Levels
"The house has three levels. The bottom is an open and light-filled apartment. The main floor is where the living room, office, den, kitchen, and half bath are as well as a master suite with a sitting room. Upstairs, there are two spare rooms, a full bath, and another master suite."
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After: The Furniture
"Our new furniture was ordered through Forbes Brothers in Denmark, Nova Scotia. I was able to get the Japanese fishing buoys through an antiques dealer. They are reproductions, but I love them. The rest of the furniture consists of pieces we already had."
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After: Indoor and Outdoor Spaces
"The swivel chairs are great because we can sit in them while the NanaWall is open and enjoy conversations with people on the deck as well as in the living room. The 16-foot NanaWall with the 8-foot overhang really makes it an indoor and outdoor space, even when the weather isn't great."
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After: Eco-Friendly Insulation
"We were also very conscious of the environment, choosing to insulate the home with a combination of spray and blown-in insulations. The windows are situated for maximum solar gain. We really appreciated it last winter!"
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After: Finishing Touches
"The process was a long one, taking from May 2013 until the end of 2014. Even now, we have little things to finish, but it was worth it in so many ways."