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As I've mentionned a couple of times, my husband and I have been doing a bit of research looking for architects to help us plan the additions we want to make to our WAY too small and WAY too boring home. Our cat-sitter used to live on a street a few blocks from us where there was one of the coolest yet simplest homes I've ever seen around Ottawa. We recently saw the home in Ottawa Magazine and found out it was designed by local architect John Donkin. It's 1700 square feet and his client had 3 requirements: a garden, a visitors' apartment, and a strong street presence. The visitors' apartment is cantilevered sideways over the lot which creates a shaded area in summer and a covered parking spot and sheltered entrance in winter. The mix of materials on the facade is exactly what I'm looking for and the kicker is the front of the home (iron?) has rusted over time and turned the most beautiful deep orange shade (second photo found on the blog Move That Bus!!!). Check out more of his designs after the jump.

Reader Comments (13)

Hey, that's my neighbour's house! How exciting to see it here. :)

12 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

oh WOW!!! some house!!! I love the windows!

12 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNuit

I love the transformation of the house through the change of the seasons! The colors in the second picture are unbelievable....

12 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRania

It isn't iron, but CorTen Steel; the rust it forms becomes a protective layer, preventing further degradation.

12 Aug 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

Wow. I didn't mean to drool all over the computer. Stunning pictures. Great post. xoxo

12 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRLG

Fantastic homes! They're enough to make me feel ill! I love them.

12 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMakeminemid-century

Interesting homes. I loved every image. Great post

12 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPriscilaPetersDecor

Nice, honest, straight-forward architecture. I'd love to see some warmth and personality introduced to the decor of these spaces. Minimal and modern can be wonderful when it reveals the character of the people who live in the house.

12 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Yes it is CorTen...John is right. Remember though, a tree is always a tree - try your best to build with wood!

12 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKevin D

Desire to Inspire is a constant source of pleasure - I can't tell you how much I appreciate the work you do here. I look forward to your postings every day. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
(Now off to scour JD Architect for a few obsessive hours!!!)

12 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

I agree with Annie. And I showed this post to friend visiting and she said "ouch, the desire level makes my stomach churn" Never heard inspiration put in those words before! Great job, John.

13 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! :D

14 Aug 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMorella

Hi Kim,

Great blog, and thanks for the reference to my blog.

1 Oct 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

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