43D – Marlatt House 1888
Old Oakville ON – Heritage District
Marlatt House 1888 – where Modern Function Meets Classic Aesthetic
- – the Marlatt House is representative of one of the finest examples of Victorian brick architecture in Canada and is the largest home built in Old Oakville;
- – Situated at the mouth of Sixteen Mile Creek, lots were offered for sale in 1833, with the construction of the Marlatt House appearing toward the end of the build-out cycle;
- – Additions and re-modelling took place over a 12-year period and the home now boasts over 9,200 sf of living area.
The Town of Oakville is situated on Lake Ontario, 36 km west of downtown Toronto.
The original home was built as a 2-story residence with living space in the attic and a low-ceiling basement for storage. The structure was masonry (4 layers of brick) set on an ashlar masonry (stone) foundation. The Owner wanted to undertake a complete modernization and makeover / additions while maintaining the historical appearance of the home. The following list represents the scope of the undertaking:
- o Strip the interior down to the masonry shell and sub-floors;
- o Underpin the foundations and excavate for a proper height basement;
- o Replace a mis-matched front porch that was added in the 50’s;
- o Add a 4-floor elevator;
- o Add new garages attached to the home with a garden wall;
- o Add an authentic Victorian Conservatory to serve as a Dining Room.
- o Protect the ‘Apple Lady’ stained glass in situ at all costs
The home was totally updated including new historically correct windows, full insulation and modern conveniences. A grand dame in the 21st century !
New Carriage House with garden wall link to main residence
Conservatory added to rear garden
Most re-models lead to many surprises during construction if the shell is not stripped out completely;
- o Give yourself a reasonable timeframe for planning, design and construction phases as the added layer of Historical Board approvals can be lengthy;
- o Be prepared to source materials from far and wide (the roof lantern was fabricated in Mexico)
- o Be accessible to the Contractor at all times as many things on the site may not be as they seem;
- o Choose your Architect and Construction team wisely. Make sure they have a skillset and experience working on period homes as this is critical to the outcome.
- o Remember “God is in the details”.
Finished Family Room in Basement
Preservation of the “Apple Lady” in situ was of paramount importance
Custom made elevator cab
“Old Oakville” by David & Suzanne Peacock
The Invidiata Team
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