These clients deserve the prize for the perfect compromise
She likes old houses and he wanted a very modern feel.
They compromised and agreed on a house design that from the outside seemslike it has been there for a century. But when you are inside it feels like the house has been gutted to create a modern loft feel with 11’ ceilings and very simple trim. The windows had to be the transition element– we selected black fiberglass windows and doors that appear like wrought iron. From the inside the windows have a loft feel but from the outside it fits with the old house look.
Green Design Parameters
· Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) cladded in Factory Finished Wood Siding.
· Hydronic Infloor Heat operated by a high efficiency boiler.
· Fiberglass Windows and Doors
· Passive Solar Design
Interior and Exterior Design Elements
The stairs are floating maple treads with no risers to create a modern feel. We recycled the kitchen the couple had installed in their original home that was demolished.
The house is located in a neighbourhood with mainly bungalows. We did not want the roofline to tower above the existing homes so the bedrooms were built into an attic with dormer windows to give the house the appearance of a single storey home.
The couple has 2 young children and for them we created a “secret room” in the attic they can access with a ladder. The area above the garage is unfinished but could be converted into an in-law suite. The house is expected to grow and change as family evolves.
Building Permit Focus
To keep the roofline as low as possible attic space had to be maximized. A steel ridge beam was engineered and supported by mid-point steel posts. The floors joist system used steel joists in order to maximize that open area on the main floor.