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Complete main floor update to make everyday living more functional and beautiful for the whole family.  

Modern fireplace

Our clients

For years, Karim and Janelle dreamed of renovating their 1920's brick semi-detached home.

When they bought the house in 2008, they thought it would be a good starter home and they pictured themselves living in it for no more than five years. Over the course of the next 13 years, two children and one dog later, they no longer wanted to move. They fell in love with their neighbourhood and neighbours. What they found less desirable was their cramped and dated kitchen, the lack of light and storage space on their main floor and the non-functional fireplace hidden behind a wall in their living room.

Living in the house for years had provided the couple with lots of time and opportunity to envision how they would update their main floor to make it more liveable, functional and beautiful. As a Line Producer for various renovation shows on HGTV, Janelle was very familiar with the renovation process.

A friend had used MENATWORK to renovate their third storey and dig out and finish their basement. They recommended MENATWORK to Janelle and Karim. They both liked the idea of a Design+Build approach and having a dedicated team to work on the project from beginning to end.

The layout of the main floor was completely reimagined and now boasts new flooring and windows, updated stairs, a modern and functional fireplace, a stylish open-concept kitchen, a mudroom, and more storage space than they could have imagined.

Map showing the streets of Toronto

The Neighbourhood


The Junction is a lively, trendy Toronto neighbourhood, located just west of Lansdowne and only 10 km from the downtown core. The neighbourhood name reflects its geography, where four railway lines meet.

Interestingly, the neighbourhood was dry until 2000 when the alcohol ban was finally lifted. This act is credited by many as the beginning of the revitalization of the Junction.

Today, it is a sought-after area due to the lively bars and restaurants and easy and convenient transit to the downtown.

The narrow tree-lined streets are framed by two- and three-storey brick Victorian-style houses and semi-detached homes built mostly in the 1910s and 1920s.

The existing kitchen and area finishes were removed, as well as the Mudroom ceiling and the kitchen and dining room wall.

A new custom kitchen was installed, with new tile flooring supplied throughout the kitchen and mudroom. The windows were replaced, and new pot lights were installed in the mudroom area.

Electrical, HVAC and plumbing were provided to the renovated areas. New drywall was installed in the kitchen and mudroom areas, as well as new baseboards throughout the main floor with new trim and paint throughout.

Additionally, the main stair railings were replaced.

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Drawings & Plans


“It almost feels like a new house, even though we’ve lived here for 13 years.”



"Working with Janelle and Karim was a wonderful experience! The goal of this renovation was to create an open-concept ground floor plan with a large functional kitchen, where they spend the majority of their day with their two children and dog."

Melissa Coticone

Designer | Home Interiors

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