Bonita and Bryan purchased a ranch home when they decided to move to the Saanich Peninsula from the Lower Mainland, British Columbia. The Victoria Times Colonist reports that the couple decided to renovate the entire property in an effort to create their ideal retirement home.
"Our gut reaction when we first saw this house was to tear it down and build a new," said Bonita, 62, who last spring left her job as vice-president of acute services for Providence Health Care in Vancouver, according to the news source. "But our builder explained the house itself was solid and almost all the bearing walls were on the outside. So we completely gutted and redesigned it instead."
The home was originally built in 1978. However, much of the interior of the home was in disrepair because the previous owner was unable to complete routine maintenance. The Victoria Times Colonist reports that the couple put in vaulted ceilings, a wood-burning insert and a radiant floor heating system that has been divided in seven zones.
The energy-efficient heating system can comfortably keep a home warm. The comfortable heat and decrease in the transfer of common irritants like dust, mold and other allergens make the technology ideal for homeowners looking to design the home they plan to retire in.
According to the news source, the house is approximately 1,750 square feet. The home has also been outfitted with a beautiful kitchen and open floor plan for entertaining. The inspiration for the project came after Bonita and Bryan determined that they would want to retire on a larger piece of land, but in a home that is more appropriately designed to accommodate geriatric needs.
"Ten years from now, we couldn't have done all this work, and besides, this project has been a really good transition into the next phase," Bonita told the news source.