Welcome to the latest Tales From Upper Hillsborough, which shares the journey of Urbaneer team member James Ormston and I who, ten years ago, bought a dilapidated vintage triplex in idyllic Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
Since purchasing the property a decade ago, this vintage 1880s dwelling has undergone a significant transformation. What started as a slow renovation program beginning with our Attic Atelier, unraveled when we discovered an entire wall cavity had been leaking and plagued by mold. Like many who tackle old houses, our renovation snowballed as the list of deficiencies grew, and we made the decision to fast track to a rebuild in a comprehensive manner. This included gutting the Attic into a relaxed comfortable space which I consider one of PEI’s Most Romantic Vacation Accommodations.
Because we had a grand vision of creating outdoor spaces on each level of the three floor dwelling, we added a substantial 'Deck Tower' on the rear of the house. This created an open roof terrace on the top level accessed from the Attic Atelier, a covered 'sleeping porch' on the second level where The Captain's Quarters are, and an enclosed dining space in the Garden Suite's 'Great Room' which walked out onto expansive decking. You can see it in The Garden Suite In Progress, The Deck Tower Nears Completion and in The Garden Suite Reveal.
The second level - which we affectionately call The Captain's Quarters - was the last suite we tackled. Being the only portion of the house which retained the original character details, like bullnose trim, beadboard and high baseboards, we've been sensitive to celebrating as much of the original patina as possible. Throughout this journey, I've periodically posted pieces about this space including: Dishing Design At The Black House; Vignettes Of Progress At The Black House; and The Centre Hall Makeover In The Captain’s Quarters where we restored the original bannister and flooring in an exacting restoration.
Other posts have also shared the journey - where we've been close to complete but not quite - including Kitchen Progress In The Black House Captain’s Quarters and Designing A Cozy Entertainment Space In The Black House. Recently I posted a piece of about our attention to respecting and enhancing the character features in this suite, in my blog called Elevating A Vintage Bedroom At The Black House In Charlottetown, PEI.
So, after four years of upgrading, renovating, installing custom built-ins and layering with soft furnishings (which will never stop!), I thought it was time to reveal the whole suite.
Come take a look!
We LOVE the finished product! And there's no way this could not have been accomplished without so many of Charlottetown's best trades, services and retail destinations including our contractor Paul Coles of Paul Coles Renovations, Cecil Kenny of Kenny's Plumbing and Heating, Robin Yates of R. Cudmore Electric, Wade Clements and his crew at Mallard Painting, Prestige Kitchens, Doirons Landscaping & Garden Store, Cottage Industry Modern Home Decor; Moving Designz Home & Cottage; Luna Eclectic Emporium; Moonsnail Soapworks; Emmett & Ellie's & The Soap Drawer; The Dunes Studio, Gallery & Cafe; Details Past & Present Art Gallery; + our House Manager April Clow and her team at Sparkle and Shine! We have so much gratitude for your friendship, and all of your attention to detail and outstanding work. We truly couldn't have done it without you!
I believe The Black House is comfortable, pretense-free, and has just enough of a nautical hint to reinforce it's island location without banging one's head against a lobster trap!
This suite is available as a weekly rental during the summer months, and monthly during Autumn and Winter. You can see more at www.charlottetownaccommodations.com!
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